Family Law

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Adoptions, even private adoptions, must be approved and ordered by the local state district court. The child’s natural parents must agree to the adoption or the court must be satisfied that one or both parents cannot agree to it. 


Divorces can only be granted by a state district court.  A divorce ends a marriage and determines property distribution, as well as child custody, visitation and support.


Modification of divorces cannot change the property division that was ordered at the time of the divorce.  Child custody, visitation and support can be modified if there has been a substantial change of circumstance and that modification of custody would be in the best interests of the children.


Paternity cases can be brought by either parent of the minor child.  If it is necessary, the court will order paternity to be determined by blood tests.  Once paternity of a child is determined, the court will order child custody, visitation and support.


Custody, Visitation and Support cases can be brought by either parent of the minor child when paternity is not an issue.  The court will order child custody, visitation and support.


                                       

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