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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois parenting time and responsibilities lawyer,There was a time in the United State’s history when most families comprised of a mother, a father and their biological children. Now, the “typical” American family has become somewhat of a thing of the past. With more Americans remarrying and same-sex marriage being legalized throughout the country, the “typical” American family is not so predictable anymore. According to the United States Census Bureau, more than half of American families were divorced and remarried or recoupled in 2010. The Bureau also reported that nearly four million children were living in a blended family or stepfamily in 2010.

Blended families face their own unique challenges and can prove to be difficult for some children to adjust to. Here are a few tips you can use to help ensure the success of your blended family:

Plan Your New Family

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Adoption is comparable to the movie Annie", when Mr. Warbucks goes to the home for girls, finds Annie and takes her home with him to join his family. Foster care could be compared to the ABC Family show, The Fosters, in which a bunch of kids, who are not related to each other, all temporarily live with parents who are not related to them either. The two are similar, but foster care is less permanent than adoption. A third similar situation, guardianship, is a legal way to care for a child before the age of 18.

The three terms are very similar to one another, but actually have very different meanings. The state of Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has broken it down to simplify it for anyone to understand the differences between the three.

Adoption:

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The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.

630-409-8184

1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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