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Tips for International Adoption on World Adoption Day as Featured in NPR Marketplace "The Numbers"

In observance of World Adoption Day adoption attorney Nathalie Paluch, of the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon, offers tips for passing the home study and interview required for many international adoptions this November 9, 2018.

Special Needs Families, Divorce and Bullying

Recently, I learned a story of a special needs family divorcing that broke my heart, and the saddest part is that it is all too common. In this story, the parent who was the primary caregiver was inclined initially to give up everything, truly everything, in the name of the well-being of the kids. Sounds like a good parent who deeply cares, all of which is true, but think about the well-being of the kids and parents, and how they all are affected by these decisions including loss of parent, stability, health, income, and more.

Adoption Rate Drop Due To Perceived Legal Complexities According to Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon Attorney Nathalie Amir

With adoption rates declining or remaining low, the Law Office of Peter A. Lauzon attorney Nathalie Amir attributes this decline to the legal complexities of adoption, many times which can make adoption feel very difficult or overwhelming for families to navigate.

Is there a good time of year to file for divorce?

A common adage is that half of all marriages end in divorce. That is actually not quite true. The divorce rate in the United States is actually the lowest it has been in decades, according to a report in Time Magazine.

However, many couples still deal with divorce eventually. While it can be a daunting proposition to go through with divorcing a spouse, it is important to remember that if someone is going to go through with it, it requires adequate foresight. Both spouses need to collect financial records, they need to make other living arrangements, and they should consider filing at the best time of year for divorce: January.

Methods your spouse may use to conceal property

If you believe your marriage is nearing its end, the trust between you and your spouse may have already dissipated. Maybe you believe your partner has been unfaithful, or maybe you have other reasons to believe he or she is not being entirely truthful with you.

Sometimes, once marriages start circling the drain, spouses try to place themselves in comfortable financial positions because they see the end in sight. The methods they may use to do so are not always ethical, however, and this may mean you ultimately lose come divorce proceedings. Your best bet at fair and equitable asset division comes when you and your attorney have the full financial picture, so if you suspect your spouse might be hiding assets from you, know that he or she may:

Do you need a postnuptial agreement?

You may be no stranger to a prenuptial agreement. This legal document serves to eliminate a lot of the conflict in the event of a divorce by deciding on matters, such as property division, before the marriage takes place.

However, you cannot prepare for everything before marriage. Many concerns and circumstances do not become evident until many years after the wedding. This is where a postnuptial agreement comes in handy.

A guide to dividing stock options in your divorce

Some assets are fairly simple to divide during divorce, like selling your car and splitting the profits. If you are dividing more complex assets such as stock options, you face unique challenges. Stock options that cannot be sold off to a third party or do not have a fair market value can be particularly confusing to divide.

If you are going through a California divorce and dividing stock options, keep reading to learn what you can expect.

Divorce and your California vacation home

When you and your spouse divorce in California, you must find a way to divide all your properties equally, or else the court does it for you. Real estate can be tricky to split, and your vacation home may come with even more challenges.

Is it marital or separate property?

4 things to consider before you move out of your marital home

Negotiating the details of a divorce is likely to be stressful, but certain factors can make it even more difficult than necessary. Any disputes regarding the residence of each partner may cause discord and contention, but your living situation should be afforded careful thought before any major decisions are made. While moving out may seem like the best option, there are several potential consequences you might not expect. Consider the following four things that could happen if you move out. 

4 tips for managing long distance co-parenting

Co-parenting is one of the most promising of emerging trends for parents who are looking to do what is best for their kids after a divorce. If you want to avoid the tension and stress that so often accompanies custody disputes, it may be the best option for your family. This can be complicated, however, if one parent moves away and no longer lives in close proximity to the children. If you are attempting to balance long distance co-parenting, the following tips may be helpful. 

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