Adoption Articles

Frequently asked questions explaining the involvement of courts and lawyers in the adoption process.
Adoptive Parents FAQ
Frequently asked questions for those who want to adopt a child, including advice for single people and unmarried couples.
Agency Adoptions FAQ
Frequently asked questions that describe the procedures and costs involved when you adopt a child through an agency.
Can You Claim Your Partner as a Dependent on Your Tax Return?
There are five tests you must meet to claim your partner as a tax dependent.
Changing Your Name After Marriage
Choosing a Guardian for Your Children
Common Law Marriage FAQ
Consent to Adoption FAQ
Learn whose consent is necessary before a legal adoption can take place.
Costs of Adoption FAQ
Adoptions can cost a bundle. These questions and answers help you weigh the financial aspects of different types of adoptions.
Domestic Partnership Benefits
Learn about the benefits of domestic partnerships -- and whether they may be available to you.
Domestic Violence: Civil Liability FAQ
Information to help you take legal action against your abuser.
Domestic Violence: Taking Action FAQ
Suggestions to help you stop domestic violence.
Establishing and Maintaining a Guardianship FAQ
If Same-Sex Marriage Were Legal
Fast facts to help you decide whether you'd want to pop the question if you could.
International Adoptions FAQ
Frequently asked questions about adopting a child from another country.
Is a Prenuptial Agreement Right for You?
These steps will help you decide whether a prenuptial agreement makes sense for you.
Leaving Property to Young Children
Living Together Contracts
Learn what a living together contract is and whether or not you need one.
Making Medical and Financial Decisions for Your Partner
To allow your partner to take care of things for you if you can't speak for yourself, you must prepare the right legal documents.
Marriage Requirements, Procedures and Ceremonies FAQ
Marriage Rights and Benefits
Learn some of the legal and practical ways that getting married changes your life.
Married Couples: Who Owns What?
Name Changes FAQ
Nature of Guardianship FAQ
Non-Agency Adoptions FAQ
Answers to common questions about independent adoptions.
Open Adoptions FAQ
Frequently asked questions about adoptions where there is some degree of contact between the birthparents, the adoptive parents, and sometimes the adopted child.
Parental Rights for Same-Sex Partners
The legal rights of same-sex parents, from adoption to coparenting to the rights of second parents in the event of a breakup.
Parenting Issues for Unmarried Couples FAQ
Prenuptial Agreements -- An Overview
What you need to know if you're considering a prenuptial, or premarital, agreement.
Property Rights of Unmarried Couples FAQ
Same-Sex Marriage: Developments in the Law
The same-sex marriage battle intensifies: A history of the law and the latest news.
Same-Sex Parenting: When Adoption Isn't Possible
Learn about protections for same-sex parents who are raising a child without the benefits of legal adoption.
State Marriage License and Blood Test Requirements
This chart lists requirements for marriage licenses, state by state.
Stepparent Adoptions FAQ
Most adoptions in the United States are stepparent adoptions. Here are answers to some common concerns about the process.
The Home Study FAQ
All states require adoptive parents to undergo an investigation to make sure they are fit to raise a child. Here's what to expect.
The Return of the Ring
Long after the heartbreak has healed, one nagging question often remains: Who gets to keep the ring?
Types of Adoption
Learn about types of adoption, rules about consent, and how a home study works.
What Is Domestic Violence?
Knowing the definition of domestic violence can help you take action against it.
What You Can (and Can't) Do With a Prenuptial Agreement
Understand what you can accomplish by making a prenuptial contract before you marry.
When Guardianship May Be Necessary FAQ
These frequently asked questions explain when you do -- and don't -- need to seek legal guardianship of a child in your care.