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Step-Parent Adoption In Washington State

Washington State Family Law and Adoption Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott | 2/3/2021
When you're in a relationship with someone who has children from a prior relationship, it is not uncommon to bond with and treat those children as if they were your own.  It is important, however, to remember your rights as a step-parent differ substantially then the parental rights of a biological or legal parent.  Should… Read More

Is This Child An “Indian Child?” – When Do You Have “Reason To Know” That A Child Is An “Indian Child?”

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Walton L. Dabney | 1/27/2021
**This law uses the term “Indian Child” to refer to child members of federally recognized indigenous Native American political and cultural units. These units can be called tribes, bands, nations or any variety of nomenclature. For clarity, this blog posts uses the terms found in the law and in the mandatory forms when necessary to… Read More

Adoption Tax Credit 2021

Washington State Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Group | 12/9/2020
The U.S. tax code presently allows adoptive families a tax related benefit for any and all qualifying costs and fees incurred in pursuing an adoption.   The IRS allows a fairly broad definition of allowed costs and fees such that in most cases, any and all fees and costs paid to an adoption agency, an… Read More

Penalty-Free Retirement Withdrawal To Grow Your Family Adoption Or Assisted Reproduction

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott | 1/16/2020
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act), which was signed into law on December 20, 2019, represents a significant overhaul of retirement rules in more than a decade. Among many important changes, the SECURE Act allows you to use retirement savings to start or grow your family! The SECURE Act allows… Read More

Update to Washington State’s Uniform Parentage Act of 2017

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott | 12/19/2019
Washington was the first state to enact the new Parentage Act in 2018, based on the 2017 Uniform Parentage Act.   This update to the Parentage Act addresses issues related to same-sex couples, surrogacy, the right of a child to genetic information, de facto parentage, and parentage of children conceived through sexual assault.      Perhaps… Read More

Adoption Tax Credit For 2020

Washington State Family Law Lawyer Dimitra S. Scott | 12/16/2019
The IRS published the Adoption Tax Credit figures and adjustments for 2020.  The new maximum dollar amount allowed for the tax credit tax in 2020 is $14,300 per child (it was $14,080 in 2019).  The Adoption Tax Credit begins to phase out for those families whose modified adjusted gross income exceeds $214,520, and phases out completely for families with modified adjusted gross… Read More