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Adopting a Stepchild

Posted in Parenting, Children & Divorce

One big happy family!

I am frequently asked by stepparents what is involved in adopting their spouse’s child. The process is often quite simple, and brings a sense of wholeness and belonging to the child and family.

How does this all work?

There are two instances where the adoption of a stepchild is considered uncontested and can move easily through the court system.

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Sometimes Change is Good

Posted in Miscellaneous
Advice on adopting a horse-child will follow.

Advice on adopting a horse-child will follow.

Hi there,

I spent the weekend celebrating my 50th wedding anniversary. I gave my husband a horse. Horses are high maintenance critters and I have come to realize that, due to the plethora of horses at our home, I haven’t been writing blog posts as often as I used to. To fix this, I’ve decided to ask a team of brilliant folks in the Divorce & Family Law group at Burns & Levinson to help me. I’m thrilled that they said yes, and I’m also thrilled that my daughter is one of them. For more information about the new contributors, visit our revamped “About” page. Be on the lookout for new authors and topics over the next few months!

As you can see, we’ve also made changes to our appearance and our name. Burns & Levinson has an office in Providence, and since we do divorce and family law work in Rhode Island as well, I’ve dropped “Massachusetts” from the logo.

In honor of Father’s Day weekend, our first post under the new format will be about how to adopt a stepchild.


Caitlyn Jenner Opens the Discussion on Transgender Issues

Posted in Celebrity Gossip, Divorce Planning, Parenting, Children & Divorce

Hi there,

Kim and Khloe practice their "red carpet" walk around the barnyard.

Kim and Khloe practice their “red carpet” walk around the barnyard.

It’s a rainy Monday, and Caitlyn Jenner is all over the place. (As an aside I have to confess to owning two goats named Kim and Khloe, after the Kardashian girls.) While she was a very good looking man, she is a stunning woman as well. It’s heartening to see the media portraying this as a positive, exciting change. According to a study by the UCLA School of Law, just .03 percent of the adult population of the United States identify as transgendered. As a result, transgender issues do not come up that often in divorces, but when they do arise it can cause a battle.

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