Payment of Child Support: A Legal Duty of Non-custodial Parents

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Couples with child/children, but who decide to end their union or relationship through divorce still face the legal obligation of financially providing for all the needs of their child/children, particularly those below 18 years old. This financial provision, which should be used solely for a child’s care and support, is called child support or child maintenance and this is paid on a regular basis (usually monthly) to the custodial parent or to a court-appointed guardian, caregiver or to the government (if any of the parents cannot perform custodial duty due to medical condition or if both are deemed unfit by the court).

Child support is one of the major concerns which spouses, or people who enter into a relationship and have a child, will need to settle due to divorce, separation, annulment/dissolution of a marital/civil union, or determination of parentage. Being a court order, payment of child support is, therefore, a legal obligation (which cannot be dismissed even upon declaration of bankruptcy). Non-payment of this court-ordered support is illegal under Federal law and those convicted can face fines and time in jail.

While the passing of the Child Support Recovery Act (CSRA) in 1992 made child support a major concern of the Federal government, the state and local authorities are the ones usually charged with the enforcement of this law. The joint effort, however, plus the CSRA and the method employed by the state in enforcing the law have proven totally effective and efficient, especially in determining the whereabouts of those who try to flee to other states to escape payment of child support (it is important to know that those who owe at least $2,500 in child support are not entitled to receive a U.S. passport. This mandate is from the U.S. Passports & International Travel of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. Upon settlement of owed amount it may still take the Passport Services 2-3 weeks before it gets approval to process passport application)

Custodial parents have the right to ask government and law enforcement officials for help in seeking payment (from the obligor or the non-custodial parent) for child support or child support arrears. To better provide this help, “Title IV-D” agencies have been created in each state, with the maintenance of a State PLS (parent locator service) as one of its tasks.

Upon discovery of an obligor’s whereabouts, he/she can face federal prosecution if it can be proven that he/she willfully failed to pay child support, if he/she has skipped payment for more than 1 year, or if the amount owed is more than $5,000. The charge to this crime was only a criminal misdemeanor until the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act (DPPA) of 1998 made changes to make the charge more serious and the punishments, harsher.

In its website, the Beauchamp Law Office, P.C., gives emphasis on the legality both of a child support agreement and the amount of support as determined by the court. This is why it is very important that the non-custodial parent adheres to the agreement or court order as payment of support is essential for the welfare of the child. Seeking the help of a qualified divorce lawyer during the divorce process is equally important as this will ensure the representation needed in fighting for the child’s best interests.

Important information about child support, how decisions regarding this divorce-related issue is arrived at, how to enforce or modify support arrangements are shared in a website with address, http://www.marshalltaylorlawfirm.com/. The information shared in this website may provide custodial parents the answers they need if child support is not paid by their former partner.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Symptoms

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The brain is obviously one of the most important parts of the body, that is why a traumatic brain injury can have significant effects in your life. A traumatic brain injury occurs when an outside force damages the brain. This force may come from various scenarios, like car accidents, explosions, product defects, and work-related accidents.

According to the Denville personal injury attorneys of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, a traumatic brain injury caused by a negligent or reckless party may be subject to a lawsuit, so it is very clear that such an injury are taken seriously even be non-medical professionals.

Mild traumatic brain injury

Also known as concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury may knock out a person for 30 minutes or less. But it can also not knock you out but will leave you feeling dazed. The symptoms of having mild traumatic brain injury include:

  • Concentration problems
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Memory issues
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensory problems like blurred vision and ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

These symptoms may come immediately after the injury, but there are instances where they only arise after a few days or weeks.

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

Concussion lawyer, Ali Mokaram, claims that moderate to severe traumatic brain injury has the same symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury, but the extent of the symptoms is much more serious and longer-lasting. Other symptoms may include the following:

  • Coma
  • Convulsions
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Fluids in the nose and ears
  • Numbness in fingers and toes
  • Poor body coordination
  • Trouble speaking

Moderate traumatic brain injury is most likely sustained if you have been unconscious for more than 30 minutes, while a severe one if you have been knocked out for more than 24 hours.

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Abuses Should Have No Place in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

There are various why nursing home abuse is committed. It can be because of lack in the number of staff, resulting to overworked aides and nurses who grow impatient with all the work and requests of residents, untrained personnel, and/or, incompetent management. The underlying cause of all these reasons, though, is simply negligence and this fault paves the way for more abuses to be committed.

In February 2015, there were about 15,700 nursing home facilities in the U.S. which housed about 1.4 million residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though nursing homes advertise provision of quality care and attention to their residents, this is hardly the case since majority of them do not even have the needed number of staff workers, nurses or certified assistant nurses to see to all the needs of residents. The result instead are acts of neglect and abuses, such as of residents being shouted at and humiliated, being left unattended despite complaints of pain due to bedsore, being left without food, not given their medication on time, being left in a non-sanitized room or worse, being made to suffer physical abuse, emotional abuse or sexual abuse, which is the most degrading and wicked of all types of abuses.

Despite the gravity of the offense, sexual abuse is the least reported type of abuse due to the humiliation the victim feels. Commission of sexual abuse includes showing of pornographic materials, forced nudity, fondling, forcing another resident to kiss or touch the victim and, worst of all, forced penetrative acts. Many victims choose to remain silent rather than talk about their ordeal at the hands of their abuser. Some also become withdrawn, silent, sensitive to touch, evasive of eye contact and low-esteemed. Often sexually abused victims sustain laceration or other wounds which he/she would refuse to explain the cause of.

Sexual abuse in nursing homes has real consequences for its victims. They begin to feel unsafe around other people and must live with the terror of knowing the abuse could happen again. Thus, sexual abuse, or any form of abuse, for that matter, should have no place in nursing homes. To learn more about victims’ right in the event of sexual abuse, the content of this website may be able to provide you with the information you may just need – click here:

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How To Prevent Amusement Park Injuries

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

From roller coasters, Ferris wheels, to water rides and carnival games, amusement parks have undoubtedly gained popularity as an attraction. These places have provided guests with a fun experience. However, that excitement can turn into horror when guests sustain a serious injury after riding in one of the rides. While the risk of being killed in an amusement park ride is at 1 in 750 million based on estimates by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), amusement park accidents can still happen.

The website of Williams Kherkher revealed that there are different causes of amusement park injuries and oftentimes the result can be devastating. Here are some safety tips to ensure that your family will have a great time with the different amusement park rides:

1. Observe the ride first before trying It out

At first glance, some rides may not look scary. Some start slow and may appear safe for the most timid rider. However, looks can be deceiving. So before boarding, watch the ride first. Likewise, observe the ride operator. If they look unqualified to handle the ride, by all means don’t let your kids ride.

2. Don’t assume that a ride is safe

While amusement parks are inspected and regulated, that does not mean that they are already safe. Park operators usually do not release the safety information of their rides so don’t think that these attractions are safe.

3. Check straps and ensure that lap bars are right for kids

When boarding a ride, always double check your safety gears yourself. While attendants will do that, there is nothing wrong with doing last minute checks yourself.

4. Follow all height and weight restrictions

Height and weight limits are not designed to prevent fun. They are there for safety reasons. So in order to prevent serious injuries, make sure to strictly adhere to these rules.

5. Resist the urge to stand up and extend your hand outside the ride

While amusement parks have safety features such as walls on either side, exposing your hands and feet is a “no-no.” It is important for kids, especially to understand the importance of safety instructions.

These 5 safety tips can help ensure that you have the best time of your life when taking your kids and yourself out for a ride in the amusement park.

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Understanding The Benefits of Roof Restoration

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Roof Repairs | 0 comments

Roofs can be subjected to wear and tear. During the rainy season, it catches a lot of rainwater and during the sunny day, it absorbs a lot of heat. The time will come when your roof will look worn and will also be leaking. If it is also nearing the end of its lifespan, perhaps you might be considering restoration or replacement. According to the website of Best Roofing, restoration is more affordable than replacement. This article will focus on the benefits of restoration.

It costs less

While roof replacement job is much more expensive in both labor and materials, restoration requires less labor and materials. Depending on the chosen roofing system, restoration will save you money.

It extends roof life

Exposure to varying weather conditions can cause wear and tear to your roof. Generally, commercial roofs have a life span of 20 years. Considering restoration will add another 10 to 15 years to its life. You can momentarily defer complete replacement and add the money you will save to future expenditures.

It is more sustainable

Restoration is a more environment friendly option since it allows reusing your existing roof. Aside from that, it can make your house more energy efficient. As a result, it will keep your home warmer in winter months.

It prevents leaks

Restoration is a preventive measure for roof deterioration. If water enters your home, it will result to damage and the growth of molds and mildew.

It increases the value of your home

If you plan to sell your home in the future, roof restoration can increase the selling value of your property. If potential buyers see that your house needs repairs, it is unlikely that they will buy it. They will see it as an additional expense to the cost of your home.

So before considering replacing the roof of your house, check these benefits first.

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