Posts by Laura E. Shapiro

When it comes to adoption, a thorough legal review is essential

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Adam Crapser is a 41 year-old living in Washington, married with naturalized citizen children. Even though a United States family adopted him 37 years ago, he faces deportation to South Korea, a country where he was born but has no memories, no connection besides a birth certificate. In short, this is because his adoptive parents…

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Considering a prenuptial agreement before your Colorado marriage?

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Prenuptial agreements are not just for celebrities. Prenups, or premarital agreements as Colorado law calls them, are often used by Colorado couples as a way to negotiate before marriage the rights to money, income, assets and property as well as the responsibility for debts in case of separation, divorce, death or another chosen event. Why…

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Why international adoptions are declining

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When seeking to adopt a child, in years past potential parents were often encouraged to consider looking overseas for their next family member. Up to 2004, the number of international adoptions had been steadily climbing for the last seven decades. However, since then it has become more difficult to bring a baby born in Asia,…

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The post-divorce parent-teacher conference

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Throughout the divorce, the emphasis was always on what is best for your child. How to maintain a safe foundation as the world turned inside out. After a divorce the family relationship becomes an evolution, shifting and adapting as you learn new roles and communication techniques with your ex-partner, now co-parent. It’s a challenge that’s…

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How to split the business during a divorce

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Drawing the right line in the sand is one of many challenges in a divorce settlement. Splitting a retirement fund or bank account is more straight-forward, but valuing and then distributing assets if you own a business or your own practice is an abstract process. A business is shared property Your name may be right…

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