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"Savior Siblings": Birth for the Sake of Life
Related Item A woman born 20 years ago to save her sister's life spoke recently about her life and her feelings about being a "savior child". Since 1991 public opinion has shifted in favor of creating a life to save an existing one. The legal landscape, which does not yet prohibit this, may also be shifting in ... Read more

Becoming a Foster Parent
When a home environment is unhealthy, state social services will remove minor children from their biological home and place them with foster parents. During this time, the children's biological parents are expected to work at improving the situation so their children can return home to them. The goal ... Read more

Children Have Legal Rights
In most states, for legal purposes, a child is a person under the age of 18. A few states set the age of majority at 17 or 19. Children who are living with their parents have the right to receive basic needs from them. Otherwise, the state must provide those services. Parents Must Provide Basic Necessities ... Read more

My Underage Child is Pregnant
Learning that your underage child is pregnant can be a trying time for any parent. Despite the circumstances, you'll need to help your child weigh all of her options for dealing with the pregnancy. Some of the options, such as abortion and putting the baby up for adoption, may or may not be available, ... Read more

Emancipation of Minors: Children's Right and Privileges
Most parents care deeply about their children and want them to lead a healthy, successful, and independent life. Sometimes children want to exercise that independence before their parents are ready to let go. ... Read more

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It sounds like you are either seeking to have people other than your parents become your legal guardians, or become an emancipated minor.  If it's the first option, there would need to be a discu ...Read more

It is extraordinarily difficult to sue most governmental agencies because of "sovereign immunity."  However, your question is not a family law inquiry; you should consider starting with "tort law ...Read more

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Divorce Story – “A caring legal team I could trust”

When I consulted with Jeanne, I told her I wasn’t happy with my marriage. I had been married for 39 years. You know, we can all love. But when that love doesn’t include happiness, love wil ... Read more

High-Asset Divorces: There Are Many Factors To Consider

No divorce is fun to go through, and when there are thousands upon thousands of dollars of assets on the line, it can become incredibly difficult to negotiate. If neither side wants to compromise, a h ... Read more

Understanding prenuptial agreements

• What to know about prenuptialsPrenuptials are agreements between premarital couples or partners planning a civil union. They set out contemplated guidelines for protecting assets, property and ... Read more

States Can No Longer Decide How To Divide Military Retired Pay

Contributing Author: Dianne L. Schechter, Paralegal The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA 17) contained a major revision of how military pension division orders are written ... Read more

Legal Separation

Minnesota couples whose marriages are on the rocks may choose to go through a physical separation as opposed to a complete divorce. However, there are issues that they need to consider before they cho ... Read more

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