One of the things that many divorce lawyers will tell you is the importance of having a prenuptial agreement in place and signed by both partners. We'd love to believe that a marriage, once begun, really will last "till death do us part," but statistically, it's already a well-known fact that not every marriage comes to an end this way, and a significant number are resolved through a divorce.
For more than two years now, everyone in the United States benefits from the right to enter into a same-sex marriage partnership. While getting married may not suit everyone -- and some may not be ready to do that with their current partners -- there are some genuine benefits to marriage for gay couples.
For many children, a divorce often becomes a traumatic signpost of youth. However, for children who are adopted, especially if they weren't adopted as infants, this effect can be magnified, and it can become a much more difficult, formative experience, especially if there are disagreements about child custody that result in a legal battle.
You will have so many options available for planning your child custody arrangements that it may be difficult to land on the perfect plan for you and your family. You'll also need to balance your own wants and wishes, with those of your ex, and the best interests of your children.
Recently, one of the most disturbing child custody cases in American legal history took place. A rapist was awarded joint custody of the child he fathered when he raped a 12 year old girl. This is exactly the kind of nightmare scenario that Zitomer Law works hard to help its clients avoid.