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Religious freedom and adoption in Georgia

On March 31, a federal judge ruled that a law banning same-sex adoption in Mississippi was unconstitutional. The law had been in place for the past 16 years, but the judge ruled that it violated the equal protection clause based on a 2015 ruling by the Supreme Court. That ruling made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, and the judge reasoned that one of the benefits of marriage was the right to adopt.

The importance of establishing paternity

Sharing a child with someone to whom you are not married can be an overwhelming challenge. There can be contentious fights and battles over parenting time and how to raise a child. Even when parents get along with each other, there can be feelings of uneasiness and an underlying fear that it won't take much to rock the boat.

What is the process to adopt in Georgia?

When a child is adopted, he or she has the same benefits and rights as a child who is born into the family. The Division of Family and Children Services in Georgia has many children who are in state custody permanently and are available to adopt. They simply want to find loving homes for these children so they can have a better life.

How are Hague Convention adoptions different from others?

There are many different places and situations from which children can be adopted. In some cases, a child is adopted by relatives who live nearby; in other cases, children are adopted from across the world. In these situations and every situation in between, there are some very specific rules and laws that must be observed to make sure the adoption is legal and the rights of all parties involved are protected.

Same-sex couple adoption case brought to US Supreme Court

Bringing a child into your life and family through adoption is an incredible event and adoptive parents can be overwhelmed with joy and anxiety, as is the case for any parent. However, there are some additional concerns adoptive parents need to consider when it comes to their relationship with their child.

Legal stakes can be quite high during adoption

Adopting a child can be one of the most important and fulfilling events in a parent's life. However, it can also be very difficult and upsetting for parents who are giving up a child for adoption. No matter what side of the matter you may be on, it can be crucial for everyone involved to have legal representation.

Failure to comply with state laws can jeopardize an adoption

Long before people adopt a child, they typically go through a process of planning, preparing and positioning themselves to add to their family. They may redo a room in their homes or buy a bigger house; they may review their finances and start setting aside money for college; they might even go seek counseling to understand some of the emotional and psychological challenges that can come with adoption.

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