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Every Child Deserves Representation in a Contested Adoption

In my previous post on Adopting a Stepchild, I explained the steps to go through for an uncontested adoption. Many adoptions are very simple and straightforward. However, in situations where there are disagreements about what...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Doctrine of Equitable Adoption Doesn’t Apply to Parentage Proceedings

Two years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court recognized the doctrine of equitable adoption in the context of an estate proceeding. In In re Parentage of Scarlet Z.-D., the Court was presented with the question of whether the...more

Adoption Basics: Stepparent Adoptions

It is often said that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Whether that statistic is true or not (some say not), I find myself helping many blended families with stepparent adoptions. Many of my cases are ones where the...more

Should Biological Fathers Receive the Same Leave Benefits as Adoptive Parents?

Maybe you saw this article “Standing Up for the Rights of New Fathers,” in the New York Times a few weeks ago about the new dad, a reporter for CNN, who filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC against Time Warner (CNN’s...more

Birth Father’s Rights and Obligations in Adoption #AdoptionAttorney

Pending before the United States Supreme Court is a case nicknamed after a young girl that two families are fighting for. “Baby Jessica” lived with her adoptive parents for two years before they suddenly lost custody. ...more

Taiwan and Ethiopia implement the U.S. Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (“PAIR”) requirement

The U.S. Pre-Adoption Immigration Review (“PAIR”) process provides systematic safeguards for prospective adoptive children and parents. Under PAIR, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will review a...more

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