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Orland Park stepchild adoption attorney

The relationship between a stepparent and a stepchild is unique for every family. Some stepparents will take on a strong parenting role, while others remain a neutral party. For those who view their stepchildren as their own, adoption can be the final piece to the puzzle. This grants them legal rights over the child and can make a stepparent feel more like a “real” parent to the child. Adoption is always a lengthy process, but stepparent adoptions can be especially time-consuming if the child’s other biological parent is alive. Below is a breakdown of the step-by-step process.

The Legal Process

  1. Find an Adoption Attorney - Before starting any legal process, your first step should be to hire a qualified attorney. Adoption attorneys are especially important to ensure that nothing goes wrong during the proceedings. Without professional assistance, the adoption process can take much longer than anticipated, and some courts require legal representation in adoption cases. Finding an attorney who is well-versed in Illinois’ adoption laws will make you feel more secure about the legal process, allowing you to focus on other parts of the adoption.

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Orland Park power of attorney for healthcare and finances lawyer

Designating a power of attorney (POA) is an area of estate planning that many individuals do not consider until it is too late. A POA is a legal document that gives a designated person the power to make financial or medical decisions for you in the event that you are unable to do so yourself. While this may sound risky, it is actually the most reliable way to ensure that your wishes are followed in cases of emergency. The best course of action is to fill out the legal documentation that lists your decisions with the help of an estate planning attorney. These declarations must be legally followed in the event you become incapacitated or cannot make decisions for yourself. 

POA for Healthcare

Having set decisions for your healthcare before an emergency occurs is crucial. Those looking into a POA must consider the importance of quality of life and the financial burden that medical procedures can create. Legal documents addressing these matters are also known as advance directives. Power of Attorney for healthcare is one of the most powerful types of advance directives, and the person who is authorized to make decisions for you can ensure that you are cared for according to your wishes. You can give your agent broad authority to act according to how they think you would like matters to be handled, or you can be specific about the types of decisions they are allowed to make and the care you would like to receive.

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Oak Forest child relocation lawyer

Families relocate now more than ever before. The modern improvements in technology and transportation make it easier for families to move and keep in touch after relocating. Many divorced couples will choose to do this to help themselves move on from their previous marriage. However, while adults have the right to choose when and where they move, the court has a say in all relocation cases involving children. There are three common situations in which court approval may need to be obtained for child relocation: when a parent moves at the time of the divorce, when a parent moves after the divorce, and when an unwed parent chooses to relocate. Married or not, adults who share children together must get permission from the court if their planned move could potentially affect their existing child custody and parenting time agreements or their child's relationship with the other parent.

What Factors Will the Court Review?

When a parent petitions the court for permission to relocate, or when a parent seeks to prohibit their former partner from moving with their child, the court will determine whether the planned move is in the child's best interests. In most cases, a judge will seek to protect both parents’ rights to spend time with their child. For most children, having both parents in their lives is beneficial, and this idea can affect the court’s ruling on relocation. However, if a child has been exposed to domestic abuse, or if parents continue to argue regularly, relocation may be the best thing that will allow the child to flourish in a conflict-free environment.

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