When people get married and begin living together, they make a conscious decision. There is a defined day when one partner moves in or when they both move into a new house together.
If you're thinking about adoption, take the time to slow the process down and really consider what you want, why you want it and what you expect out of the process.
If you are not an unmarried parent yourself, odds are very good that you know someone who is. A lot of children live with one or more unmarried parents. In some cases, this is because the children were born outside of a serious relationship; in others, it just means that the parents live together and are in a committed relationship, but they have not decided to get officially married.
You don't want to get married simply because you have never liked the idea of marriage as an institution. That does not mean you're not committed to your relationship. You are. You and your partner stay together for 10 years.
When you get divorced, you need to make a lot of financial decisions. Will you sell the home and split the money? What about your other assets? What types of support do you need or deserve? Are you willing to spend more in court if your spouse fights you on anything? These are just a few important questions to consider.
Adopting a child is a huge decision, and it's one that you have to make for all of the right reasons. It's not just your life that changes forever, but the child's as well.
The "traditional" family in the United States involves a mother and a father who are married, living with their children. Many people assume that this is the way the vast majority of kids grow up. The reality, though, is quite different.
If you're a parent, then you definitely know about the birds and the bees. And, you probably thought the usefulness of your knowledge ended with making babies. But there's more -- when we consider the birds, at least. The novel concept of "bird's nest" parenting has been an interesting approach to post-divorce co-parenting.
Your ex-spouse -- the mother of your child -- has received a new job offer outside of Florida, and now she wants to move away with your son or daughter. You said "no" to the request, but she is being insistent and has filed a legal petition to gain permission from the court for the move. Now, you need to get organized and prepare a defense against the petition.
It should go without saying, but many cases involving visitation disputes aren't divorce cases. There are a great number of people who have children together but who never got married.