Get a will in place. Determine beneficiaries for your assets, appoint guardians for minor children and make sure that your wishes are carried out.
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Determine who will get your property when you pass away. Putting in place a living trust helps you avoid probate.
Grant someone an authorization to act on your behalf in personal, business or other matters.
Adopt a child. An uncontested adoption is possible if the noncustodial parents consent to adoption or termination of parental rights.
End a marriage in a cost-effective, dignified manner. An uncontested divorce is possible if both spouses have reached agreement on issues such as property division, child support, and other financial issues.
Legally change your name or a minor’s name by getting a court order, allowing you to change your legal name on government-issued identification documents such as your driver's license, passport, and social security card.
Agree on issues such as property division and spousal support before getting married. A prenuptial agreement, also referred to as a premarital agreement, can include a wide range of provisions to protect the partners during and after the relationship.
Establish a guardianship. In this legal proceeding the court can appoint an agent (the guardian) and gives that person authority to make decisions on behalf of another person (the ward).
Adopt a stepchild. An uncontested step parent adoption is possible if the noncustodial parents consent to adoption or termination of parental rights.
Modify an existing child support agreement. As time goes by, changes to the child support arrangement may be required to accommodate changes in situation.
Put in place a separation agreement. This agreement helps two partners who decided to separate resolve such matters as division of property and debts, child custody and support.
Modify an existing parenting plan. As time goes by, changes to the parenting plan may be required to accommodate changes in situation.
Arrange the split of a retirement plan as part of a divorce or legal separation. Under the QDRO exception, a domestic relations order may assign some or all of a participant's retirement benefits to a spouse, former spouse, child, or other dependent.