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Adoption is difficult, and here's a few reasons why

You want to adopt a child into your family, but you've been struggling to do so. It's frustrating and makes you angry at the system. These children need help, and they've sat waiting for many years.

Don't worry, you're not the only one feeling this way. It's difficult to adopt a child through foster care in California. Why? It's a lengthy process and the agencies aren't always working quickly to assess new foster parents or adoptive parents to place children with them.

Do dependents' rights change at 14?

You may have heard that 14 is a cutoff age that decreases parents' rights and increases the rights of their children, their dependents.

In some popular iterations, this myth essentially states that kids who are 14 years old and older are allowed to do anything they like regarding a child custody arrangement. Parents are no longer allowed to make choices for them.

Domestic violence: Guns make violent homes deadly

Living with domestic violence is a horrible situation for anyone to be in. It can mean being financially reliant on someone who is abusive to you. It can mean fearing for your life.

In Texas, there was a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs that brings up a good question about gun control and domestic violence. Is what's happening in the United States now enough to prevent similar situations?

Toxic partners and parents make divorce difficult

Co-parenting can be difficult even if you and your ex do get along, but if you don't, it's a true nightmare. Fortunately, one benefit of both of you being adults is that you can both be reasonable. Dealing with a toxic ex isn't always enjoyable, but by trying to be understanding and reasonable with him or her, you can become a better parent.

It's no secret that people get divorced for a reason (or several). You may no longer be able to hold a conversation with your ex without it devolving into an argument. When it comes to your kids, though, you have to be able to communicate. Although it's difficult, remember that it's okay only to talk to your ex when it's about your child and to move on. You don't have to respond to every text or phone call that has nothing to do with your child.

Founder of Families Now reads list of foster children in capitol

When you think about foster care, you may not be quite sure about adopting through it. Some myths of foster care include that children are unstable or have been victims of violence. Myths suggest that all children in foster care act out or are aggressive or dangerous. People believe that these children have challenges with their behaviors and may be hard to house.

The truth is that every child is different, and they need to be seen as individuals. Even the most difficult children need love and attention; many are difficult because they've been through hard times and need to balance and love of a permanent home.

Child custody dispute results in Azarenka missing Fed Cup

When child custody disputes begin to affect your ability to work, it can be a frustrating issue. Not only that, but it costs you money and time. Take for example this news story about Victoria Azarenka, who has to miss the fourth tennis tournament this year because of an ongoing custody dispute. If she wants to work, she needs to leave the state without her child, which is something she is not comfortable doing.

The court order in place between the court and the 28-year-old woman's family states that neither she nor her spouse may leave the state of California with their child. This is a standard procedure for most families, but in this case, it puts the woman in a difficult position. Instead of being able to take her child with her to international tournaments, she has to see him only within the state. Her child is young, so leaving for any length of time without him doesn't seem to be an option.

What should you do if you want to win custody?

If you want to win child custody, there are several things you should and should not do. For example, you should always get to court on time to show the judge that you're good at keeping appointments and are taking the case seriously. You should dress professionally and present yourself in a calm manner.

One thing you don't want to do is to show that you won't work with your ex or that you have a bad attitude in court. If the judge perceived that you're the one causing problems, it will only hurt your case for custody. It's a better plan to be as accommodating as you can while exercising your rights as a parent. Be respectful of the judge and clear about what you want without becoming aggressive or accusatory.

Spousal support: Will this come into play in your divorce?

There are many things to think about as your divorce moves forward. While you may be looking forward to putting this in the past, it doesn't mean you can ignore the many details that are sure to come into play.

Spousal support is a sticking point in many divorces. It's not always the case, but one person may feel that the other should pay alimony.

What should you consider when adopting from another culture?

If you want to adopt a child, one thing you might be considering is adopting a child from a different ethnic background or culture. As a parent, you want to have a lot in common with your child, and it's possible that your child may grow up doing all the things you do with your family regardless of race, culture or ethnicity. Despite that, it's a great idea to help your child feel connected to his or her heritage and to make sure you're educated on your child's background.

There are endless combinations when it comes to races and cultures. Multicultural families are becoming more common, and that's great news for you. It means you're likely to find other families going through similar situations and can have friends with similar interests and experiences. Keep in mind that your child will grow up knowing your culture, but if he or she is older when adopted, he or she may have parts of his or her own culture that you need to bring into your home to make him or her feel comfortable.

You can get through divorce with the right help

There are many financial concerns that may come up during divorce. Instead of worrying about the potential for these issues to arise, it's better to learn more about them and prepare for them ahead of time.

Divorces are already stressful, and you'll face a number of decisions. Don't go into a divorce without all the education and information you need to make an informed decision. Many people rely on their attorneys and financial planners, because these individuals can help them make good financial decisions for the future.