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How Much Does It Cost To Adopt a Child?!?

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As you are exploring adoption to grow your family, keep in mind that there are many different types of adoptions. There is also a federal adoption tax credit for families who adopt in 2020.

In the video, I explain the different types of adoptions available to you and how much each cost, what the adoption tax credit amount is and how to…

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How Much Does Stepparent Adoption Cost?

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The most frequently asked question by families looking into the stepparent adoption process is “How much does a stepparent adoption cost?”

The answer varies, but before we get…

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How to adopt a stepchild (Part I)

Adopting a stepchild in Nebraska can seem confusing and complicated, but it does not have to be. Finding an experienced adoption attorney is the first step to starting the process of adopting your stepchild in Nebraska.

An experienced adoption attorney is necessary to start the process because of some of the complex issues that can come up in adoptions. At the very least, the adoption attorney can advise you on whether your case can proceed with the stepparent…

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How to adopt a stepchild (Part II)

In my first post on how to adopt a stepchild, I explained three factors that must be present in your situation before you can begin the stepparent adoption process. Click here to read that post.

In every stepparent adoption, the absent biological parent's (usually the father) rights must be dealt with. Most people think that if the absent biological father has not seen the child in a long time, his consent will not be required. Under Nebraska…

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How to adopt your stepchild (part III)

In Part II, I discussed one of the most important steps in a stepparent adoption – Notifying the absent non-custodial parent of the adoption. There are some exceptions to this, but you will need to speak with an experienced adoption attorney regarding your specific situation.

After the biological father is notified of the adoption, he may need to agree to the adoption depending on the type of father the law sees him as. Nebraska law treats…

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How to adopt your stepchild in Nebraska

Have you decided to adopt your stepchild? Well, you have come to the right blog to get your basic questions answered.

In Nebraska, for a stepparent adoption to be successfully granted by the Court, the most important concept to understand is consent. The non-custodial birth parent (that is, the birth parent who the child does not live with) must consent to the stepparent adoption. Other parties must also give their consent depending on whether the birth parents were…

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How to choose an adoption attorney

If you are considering pursuing any type of adoption, whether it’s a stepparent adoption, domestic adoption, international adoption, relative adoption, adult adoption or a foster care adoption, I highly recommend that you speak with an experienced adoption attorney. Adoptions can be complicated and you will need to hire an attorney who has navigated the changing waters of adoption law and is able to guide you through the legal process.

I have helped many clients who originally pursued their…

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How to save money on your adoption

Most people think that a family law attorney does adoptions because well…isn’t adoption part of “family law”?

Well, this is the thing: Adoption is part of “family law” because it’s about families, but practically speaking, that’s not how it actually works when you get out in the real world.

The reality is that “family law” is actually heavily focused on divorces, child custody and child support issues. When I was in law school, we only…

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Interracial Adoption: 5 Questions To Consider

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Are you thinking about adopting a child outside of your race? You’re not alone. Studies show that 44% of adopted children in the US are being cared for by adopted parents of different ethnicity or race. However, just because it is common doesn’t mean it…

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Is An Estate Plan Really Necessary After An Adoption?

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After completing an adoption, and spending money to do so, the last thing you may be thinking about right now is spending more money to complete your estate plan.

Although it is tempting to not want to deal…

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