April 17, 2017

Adoption 101: An Efficient Guide To Finalizing Adoption Process

There is nothing more fulfilling than being a parent. It is a privilege that anyone could enjoy, even those who decide or who cannot bear their own. Fortunately, adoption processes nowadays doesn’t have to be tedious, thanks to legal adoption attorneys who dedicate their time extending help to frustrated parents.   Conduct your research and preparations   One of the first steps in finalizing your adoption process is to do some research and prepare your mindset for the upcoming process. An adoption of a family member can be easy or difficult depending on the circumstances. Once you have decided that […]
March 17, 2017

A Quick Glance On The Benefits Of Adoption Tax Credits In Arizona

Adoption can be expensive. For this reason, the government aims to reduce the financial burdens of the prospective adoptive parents through the Federal Adoption Tax Credit or FATC.   Brief History Non-refundable since 1997, the FATC allows adoptive parents to reduce their tax obligations. If not consumed within a year, the credit shall be carried over to the succeeding years. Hence, the policy leads up to 6 years of the tax subsidy. The Affordable Health Act of 2010 has enabled taxpayers to monetarily claim the credit than for it to significantly decrease their taxes. However, this only lasted for two […]
February 6, 2017

Adoption Takes Many Forms

Those unfamiliar with adoption often perceive it in the stereotypical sense – a couple who, unable to have biological children, adopt a newborn. In fact, adoption takes many forms and together we’ve been lucky enough to participate in hundreds of adoptions of all kinds. Most recently, an entire family joined forces to adopt a relative’s three children when the relations were no longer willing or able to parent them. Three different members of the immediate family each took one of the children to care for. They all live very close to each other and share the responsibility of raising the […]
January 12, 2017

Why Hire Robert Dodell to Help with your Adoption Case?

While adoption is a wonderful way of opening your home to a child or children in need, you should also realize that it is a complicated legal process that can also be full of pitfalls for prospective parents. An attorney, who is knowledgeable about adoption law, can help parents navigate the process so that they can have peace of mind, knowing that they enjoy legal security when they start life with their new child. What an adoption lawyer can bring is knowledge of state law to prevent legal problems later. Adoption and family law is different in every state, so […]
January 3, 2017

Step-Parent Adoption – Process

The role of a step-parent is very often one filled with minimal glory. Absent the biological parent, the step-parent’s role becomes essential to the emotional and financial well-being of the child, though devoid of the legal rights to fully carry out that responsibility. The decision to adopt a step-child is monumental in nature. It provides both the step-parent and especially the child a sense of long-term stability and belonging. Adoption also enables the new parent the ability to make educational, financial and medical decisions. The adopted child also has the right of inheritance and survivor benefits, the same as a […]
November 23, 2016

The Indian Child Welfare Act and Juvenile Court Proceedings

Arizona has one of the largest American Indian child populations in the United States, and also has the largest number of American Indians living on reservations. Foster and adoption placements of Native American Indian children are covered by The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which establishes minimum federal standards for their care. ICWA covers any American Indian child involved in state child custody proceedings. A person may explain his or her identity as American Indian, but in order for ICWA to apply, the child must be an American Indian child as defined by the law. ICWA defines an “American Indian […]
October 7, 2016

The Adoption Decision – Choices to Consider

The decision to adopt, easy for some and painstakingly difficult for others, is never a decision made without life-altering consequences. It seems as though everyone has an opinion on what you should do. Most often opinions come from those who have biological children and/or have never considered adoption as a means to grow their family. Once the decision to adopt is made, though, the process can seem never-ending, as one decision begets another decision and so on. Should we adopt a boy or a girl, should we keep the birth name, think of a new name, what age range, should […]