For the first time in 14 years, the U.S. Supreme Court is getting ready to rule on whether the Indian Child Welfare Act can stop an adoption, even if that adoption was granted by the custodial parent and done in accordance with state law. The ruling is expected to set precedent to future ICWA cases.
Marriage is not necessarily for everyone. In fact, there are plenty of couples in Missouri who live together, share living expenses and have children, yet are not legally married. Of course, there is nothing wrong with these arrangements at all. However, when children are involved -- and the parents split up -- it can quickly become complicated.
Divorce can be no doubt challenging for fathers. Going from seeing their children day-in and day-out, to only during scheduled weekends and weekday visits can be quite challenging. This, on top of the emotions and frustrations associated with a pending divorce, can at times feel like the worst thing in the world. However, the truth is that in many ways a divorce may be a blessing in disguise.
As we've mentioned in the past, more and more couples are choosing to live together and have children without first getting married. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with these decisions. However, those unmarried parents and couples should think about a few things ahead of time in order to protect future finances and parental rights.
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, many started to push back against what they considered to be the norm of women being favored by the courts when it came to divorce decisions, like child custody and alimony. At the time many claimed men were routinely being overlooked when it came to family law decisions.