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Nothing Says I Love You Like a Prenup

The term “Prenuptial Agreement" is about as popular as the term “Mother-In-Law”.  People are afraid to talk about them before getting married for fear of tainting the relationship, or worse, breaking up the engagement.  Truth be told, “prenups” aren’t just for celebrities anymore.  They are particularly important for couples in second marriages, blended families, or those who want to protect a business, family gifts, or inheritance.

BEFORE you say "I do" and ride off into the sunset, consider the following reasons for a prenup:
To determine financial obligations amongst yourselves should the marriage end versus relying on the expensive process of court intervention.  Couples can make decisions on how they manage their assets better and cheaper than the courts.  For example, you can set spousal maintenance in advance if you know that one spouse will sacrifice their career to be a stay-at-home parent and raise the children. Going through the process of negotiating a pren…

Nationwide adoption agency closes abruptly

The adoption community has been shocked by the abrupt closing of Independent Adoption Center, a nationwide agency that has been placing children with families for 34 years. If you have been affected by the closure, Jennifer Cochran-Green recommends the following:

1)  Call a family or civil litigation attorney in your local area/state immediately to review the contract you signed with the agency and advise you on what legal remedies you have in your particular situation. If you've already been matched, you are most likely able to proceed to finalization.
2) Request your file from the branch that you have been working with as soon as possible. Contact the person you have been corresponding with or the Branch Manager to arrange for pick up.
3) Prepare to submit a claim in the bankruptcy proceeding.  Once a trustee is appointed, they will send out notices to creditors and clients of the proceeding.  Gather all of your receipts indicating how much money you have paid the IAC, statements y…