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Creating an adoption story that has meaning for your child

The emotions and memories surrounding the months, weeks and days leading up to your child's adoption are probably varied and tied to deep feelings that will never be forgotten. Helping your adopted child to feel his or her importance and value is something you can support by sharing the story of your child's adoption. At Reich & Truax, PLLC, we have been able to help many Connecticut families facilitate the process of adoption. 

How can I prepare for my custody hearing?

Even with an attorney's assistance, child custody hearings are often stressful for parents. Keep in mind you have the best chance of a successful result when you conduct yourself appropriately and come to the courthouse fully prepared for your hearing. That's why Very Well Family recommends these tips to present your case in a compelling and effective manner.  

What types of adoption are available in Connecticut?

There are several different ways to add a new child to your family through the process of adoption. However, according to FindLaw, the laws that govern adoption vary by state. This means that the adoption methods available to parents in other states may not be legal in Connecticut. 

Should you have an open or closed adoption?

If you are unable to have children of your own in Connecticut, you may be considering adoption. There are many avenues you can take with adoption, and using an agency is a popular choice for many parents. Whether you adopt an infant or an older child, you will be able to choose whether to have an open or closed adoption, so it is a good idea to know what each one means and their implications.

The difficulty involved in gaining third-party visitation

In Connecticut, it is not always blood ties and legal documents that make a family. At Reich & Truax, PLLC, we know that it is not only possible but fairly common for you to forge a close relationship with a child who is not genetically related to you. It may be a stepchild or the child of a long-term romantic partner from a previous relationship. You may have a grown son or daughter with stepchildren with whom you have shared a bond similar to the one you have with your biological or legally recognized grandchildren. In any case, even with a permanent disruption to the status quo, you may wish the relationship with the child to continue. 

The basics of stepparent adoption

When people marry someone with children in Connecticut, they usually take on a new role as a stepparent. Because they will have a parental role, some people may want to adopt their spouse's children. Before stepparents decide that adoption is the right path for their family, it is a good idea for them to consider the fine details of the process.

How can I cope with my divorce emotionally?

Along with the practical consequences of divorce, dealing with the emotional fallout can be just as overwhelming. In this case, knowing how to deal with stress and other negative emotions is invaluable, especially for contentious divorces. Live About offers the following tips in this case, which can help you bounce back emotionally after your marriage has been dissolved.

Estate planning realities for separated spouses

If you and your spouse in Connecticut have chosen to separate, one of the things you should consider revising is your estate plan. Even if you are not sure whether or not you will divorce or when you might divorce, there are no doubt some decisions you would rather not leave to your estranged spouse. 

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