Family Law Newsletters
Although children who are born outside of the United States may automatically acquire U.S. citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, no proof of citizenship will be issued to the child's parents unless such proof is requested.
Divorce is a difficult time for both parties involved. States have different types of divorce and different requirements associated therewith. Some states have no-fault divorces and others have fault-based divorces. If the parties reside in a fault-based divorce state, information such as whether the opposing party was unfaithful, abused his wife, or engaged in other improper or illegal conduct may be admissible.
In this day and age there are a lot of grandparents raising their grandchildren for numerous different reasons. Sometimes the grandparent may seek custody of their grandchild due to the parents' incapacity to raise the grandchild. Other times the grandparent may have no choice but to raise the grandchild due to the situation at hand.
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that sets minimum standards for the removal of Native American children from their homes. The ICWA applies to foster care placements, terminations of parental rights, and adoption and pre-adoption placements. When the ICWA applies to a proceeding, a state court must comply with the requirements of the act.
A separation constitutes the living apart of spouses. The spouses are not yet permitted to remarry because they are still legally married. The separation can be either legal or non-legal in nature. A legal separation generally refers to a separation that is ordered by a court.