"I don't want to lose my Social Security!"
The world's fascination with technology has only grown with the increased use of the internet and, more recently, instant and continuous social media. While no doubt these developments can help foster relationships and build family life here in Utah, social media has had an interesting relationship with the legal nature of divorce.
For many parents the birth of their child is the happiest moment in their life. It represents the culmination of all their dreams and hopes for a family. When the birth parents are not married or divorced, that joy can be replaced with fight after fight over child custody. In some very unfortunate cases, women and the state have used adoption to effectively strip fathers of their parental rights. The mothers do this with little to no legal consequences.
In the eyes of the state, the preferred place of residence for most children is with their parents or guardians. While that is the ideal, it is not the reality as many children are placed under the care of the state. Those children are placed in a foster care program, with the hopes that loving and supportive families will pursue an adoption of the children. Even when placed with a loving family, the children still may have an urge to see their biological parents; and a proposed bill is looking to make it easier for adopted children to do so.
The process of adoption can be a long, emotionally and financially taxing situation for many families. The end result of the strenuous adoption process, a loving child, is what many believe makes it all worth it. One adoption agency in Utah is facing multiple lawsuits from families who are now out tens of thousands of dollars after failed adoptions.
Many of our Utah readers may be aware of the recent ban Russian President Vladimir Putin put on adoption of Russian children by American citizens. The signing of this bill hit particularly close to home for one Utah family. Just days before the bill was signed in Russia, this family was able to finalize the adoption a 4-year-old Russian girl with Down syndrome.
When the topic of divorce comes into play for any family in Utah, the decision for two married people to go their separate ways can have an effect on a number of people. Of all those affected, children are often considered the most vulnerable. Although a divorce does not mean the loss of any one parent, it can often lead to a change in roles as well as the possibility of a change in behavior on both the part of the parents and the children.
In today's society, social media and the internet play a large role in people's lives, now even more so in people's family lives. As some of our Utah readers may be familiar with, adoption can be a lengthy, frustrating process, but some internet sites are saying that doesn't have to be the case anymore.
As our Utah readers may know, divorce and everything that comes along with it can sometimes be a messy situation. A Maryland man found out last month that no matter how unorthodox of a marriage ceremony you participate in, you can't escape alimony and other court proceedings in the event of a divorce.
A father is seeking physical custody within 60 days of his daughter this week, as he has already won the court case. The 31-year-old man and his then-wife were reportedly having marital issues before the baby was due, something that ended up in a tangle of miscommunications which resulted in his ex contacting an adoption agency.