Prenuptial agreements are often hailed for protecting a person's assets from going to a spouse during a divorce. Professional baseball and football player Deion Sanders can attest for the strength of a prenuptial agreement. He has been going through a messy divorce with his wife, who he was married to for 14 years. Along with child support payments, their prenuptial agreement has been the primary source of disputes.
Children and parents who have gone through a divorce know how challenging and painful it can be. One Hollywood director discussed in a recent interview how his parents' divorce impacted him and his relationship with his father. Steven Spielberg, director of many blockbuster films, watched his parents divorce when he was 19 years old.
In the past, having many children may have made family trees complicated. With the rise in divorces and remarriages, family trees have become even more complicated. The relationships that result from remarriages may be confusing during the marriage. However, if the marriage ends, navigating relationships with these former stepsiblings, stepparents, or stepgrandchildren can become even more complicated.
Every child deserves to feel included in a family. Depending on how often a child in foster care moves around, he or she may not feel closely connected to any one family. One Massachusetts woman realized that some foster children exit the foster care system alone because they were not adopted before they aged out of the system.
It is not very often that one parent disagrees with the court's decision to enforce child support payments. Most of the time the custodial parent welcomes child support payments from the other parent. Raising a child can be very costly and the custodial parent probably wants the other parent's financial help in raising their child.
After a couple gets married, they will likely work out a way to combine their budgets, bank accounts, debts and personal belongings. Some couples may realize after tying the knot that protecting the assets they entered the marriage with would be a smart idea. Postnuptial agreements can be valuable way for these couples to ensure they are guaranteed ownership of certain items regardless of the marriage's future.
One of the biggest decisions parents may have to make is who will become the guardian of their children should something ever happen to both of them. Parents determining who this person should be may consider siblings, parents, or even older siblings of the child if there is a large age gap between the children. Guardianships of children can greatly influence a child's life as it determines who they will spend most of their time with and which adults will have the right to make decisions affecting their lives if they are young.
Massachusetts residents know that the day a family adds an adopted child to their home is very memorable and happy. Leading up to that day, the family has likely spent a lot of time working towards bringing their child home. Adoptions are difficult processes, regardless of where they occur. However, when same-sex couples in states where same-sex marriage or adoption is not recognized choose to adopt, the process is even more difficult.