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. Adoptions

                                                                   Here at MZJ, we handle the following types of adoptions:

                Stepparent Adoptions: These are common adoptions which occur when one parent has remarried and the new spouse is interested in treating the child as his or her own child.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Putative Father Adoptions: Idaho Code § 16-1513 requires a person who claims to be a father of a child born out of wedlock, to make a filing with the State of Idaho in order to preserve his claim as father.                                                                                                                                                                                       Grandparent Adoptions: These are becoming more and more common and occur when grandparents adopt grandchildren. Resources may be available in some circumstances to assist grandparents who are involved in grandchild adoptions. Agency adoptions are very common and occur when an agency (private or state) assists birth parents in connecting with adoptive parents.                                                                                                             Adoptions Involving the Indian Child Welfare Act: The Office of Indian Affairs states on its website that “The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to protect the best interest of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture.”

What Is Involved With Adopting a Child?
Each adoption is different and adoptions often have varying requirements depending on the type of adoption that is occurring. However, all adoption cases must go through the courts and require an appropriate petition to be filed.

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Child Custody Modifications

Do you want to alter the custody situation of you and your children? If so, MZJ can help.

What does it take to get a custody modification? A child custody modification occurs when there is a material change in circumstances between parents and it is in the best interest of the child to change child custody.

 Common child custody modification scenarios: Some of the most common scenarios we see which give rise to child custody modification hearings include the follow situations:
  • Relocation by one or both parents
  • Remarriage by one or both parents
  • Change in employment or income by one or both parents
  • Changes with the child, such as preference or behavioral issues
  • Failure by a parent to follow a divorce decree
  • Abuse or neglect

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Divorce

Divorce can be one of the most troubling times of your life. Choose an Attorney who puts YOU first and helps you navigate through this challenging time. 

What can you expect in a divorce? A divorce is an official legal proceeding with the Court, so hiring an attorney to protect YOU is essential. Each side will ask the Court for what they believe the property distribution, child custody, child support, and other matters should be. If an agreement cannot be reached with the soon to be ex-spouse, each side will argue their positions before a judge who will then decide the case and issue a decree of divorce. 

At MZJ we handle all types of divorces including:

  • Uncontested Divorce, meaning both sides agree to the divorce and the distribution of property, child custody, child support, etc.
  • Divorce with Children
  • Divorce without Children
  • Divorce with Extensive Property At Issue

 

 

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Guardianship

If you are looking to become a guardian, or need help appointing one, MZJ can help.

Guardianship is the process in which the legal right to care for someone is transferred to another person. Guardianship is closely associated with conservatorship, which gives a person the responsibility to manage another person’s financial affairs.

When Is Guardianship Necessary?

The three most common scenarios for guardianship in Idaho are:

  • An elderly person no longer has the capacity to care for himself or herself
  • A special needs person has attained the age of eighteen but cannot assume adult responsibilities
  • A minor child’s parents cannot care for a child

What Do I Need to Do to Get a Guardianship?

Guardianship requires approval from a court and courts take this responsibility very seriously. In fact, before a court grants a guardianship, a court must make specific findings that the guardianship is in the proposed ward’s (a ward is the person seeking guardianship) best interest, and that the proposed guardian is both willing and capable to care for the person seeking guardianship. Depending on the situation, it is common for courts to order the following things to occur:

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Child Support can be burdensome and complicated. Here at MZJ, we help clients regularly with the following:

  • Calculating Child Support Amounts
  • Filing for a Modification of the Amount of Child Support Owed
  •  Following up with the Court and Agencies to Make Sure Child Support is Paid
We have extensive experience handling any and all child support matters. If you’re ready to talk to us about your child support matter, click or tap the button below.
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