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Adoptions and Marriage – How Will Pitt and Jolie Manage?

Celebrities usually make the news for their divorces, but this year’s biggest celebrity relationship news so far has to be Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s engagement. The couple has been together for seven years, and their relationship usually made news for their decision not get to married. With the number of family law issues at stake, Pitt and Jolie’s engagement makes for the perfect case study, and this week we will take a look at some of the family law issues that the upcoming marriage presents.

Couples who enter into marriage with adopted children

The Jolie-Pitt family stands at eight. In addition to the two celebrity parents, there are also six children – 10-year-old Maddox, 8-year-old Pax, 7-year-old Zahara, 5-year-old Shiloh and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The first three are adopted children, and the latter three are children that Jolie and Pitt had together

With adopted children, the parent who adopted them has all the legal rights that accompany parenthood. When that parent (Jolie in this case) then decides to marry, normally, the parent’s adopted children would not become children of the spouse. This is often the case when a parent remarries and the children now have a stepparent. Without the other spouse formally adopting the children, he or she has no legal rights regarding the children.

Pitt, however, avoided this dilemma by adopting Jolie’s three adopted children. He did so within a year of Jolie’s adoptions. As such, both Jolie and Pitt are the legal parents of Maddox, Pax and Zahara. If he had not done so, Pitt would have no legal right to make decisions regarding the children or to demand child custody if the two split up down the line.

Are you an adoptive parent who later married? What legal concerns did you face?

John K. Grubb & Associates, P.C. – Houston divorce lawyers

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