Child custody and child support are two issues that spouses may have to face and resolve during a divorce proceeding. Though both issues concern the welfare of their child, one is totally different from the other. And whatever decision the court may arrive at regarding these issues, two very things must be complied with by both spouses: first, that the custodial parent must never deny the non-custodial parent his/her visitation time; and, second, that the non-custodial parent must neither escape nor stop his/her (financial) support for the children even if he/she is being denied his/her visitation time.

Child support is the monthly financial assistance that the non-custodial parent (known legally as the obligor) pays to the custodial parent (known legally as the obligee). Despite the former’s regular payment, the latter must never have the erroneous thought that financial support for the child is the mere obligation of his/her non-custodial former spouse since he/she, as custodian, is already providing his/her time, attention and care for the child. Another important thing that the custodial parent needs to know is that whatever support payment is given, the whole of it should only be used for the child’s needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care.

In determining how much monthly support the non-custodial parent should be pay, the following factors are considered: the child’s age and needs, and the cost of these needs; the parent’s age and income (income may include salary, overtime pay, dividends, commissions, etc.), and so forth.

Payment of child support cannot be waived by the non-custodial parent; this is true even if the custodial parent (together with the children), or the non-custodial parent, moves to another state (there are also legal concerns that need to be observed in case of plans to move to another state as this will definitely affect the non-custodial parent’s visitation rights). This is why many states now work together, especially for purposes that include collection of child support payment and locating a parent who may have moved to another state in the hope of escaping his/her payment obligations.

According to the website of Arenson Law Group, PC, anyone who refuses to pay his/her child support obligations can face any or a combination of the following sanctions: garnishment of his/her wages; seizure of his/her bank account/s; seizure of his/her income tax refund; fines; suspension of his/her car registration or driver’s license; and, the possibility of time in jail. Therefore, non-payment is never an option.

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One industry in the US that has continuously grown since it began in the 1960s is the self-storage industry. The nature of the self-storage, also known as mini-storage, business is provide individuals, families and business firms the extra space they need practically for anything they need to store safely. There are more than 50,000 self-storage facilities in the US, most of these located in the Sun Belt states, like, Florida, California and Texas, where houses, especially the newly-built ones, are designed without either an attic or a basement, the usual spaces where people can keep old things that they still hold valuable or just cannot throw away.

Since 2004, the average size of houses in America has become bigger, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Obviously, though, the increase in space, from 1,660 square feet to 2,400 square feet, is still not enough to house everything that people buy.

Consumerism in America is on an upsurge, meaning that people are increasingly buying a lot of new stuff. Its obvious result is one in every ten families having the need to rent a space, particularly a self-storage, where old things, furniture and appliances go to give room for newly bought ones.

While the idea of renting a self-storage may be a very remote idea to others, those who are currently leasing one know that having a self-storage space can really be beneficial, especially if you:

  • Want to enjoy the freedom of being able to rotate your furnishings regularly
  • Intend to move to a new residence
  • Want or need to reduce some of your furnishings for more excellent showing
  • Lack space for old things, like old toys or mom’s and pop’s favorites, but just cannot throw these out

Rather than worry, self-storage facilities give assurance of your belongings being safe and accessible to you 24/7. Some self storage facilities also guarantee drive up access, personal access codes, security cameras, a fully-fenced property, climate controlled and drive-up units, and a resident manager, who is always ready to answer questions and provide assistance. Furthermore, this storage facility has small units for those intending to store only boxed and other “not-so-big” items, as well as big units where one can keep furnishings from an entire home.

Most self-storage facilities lease spaces on a month-to-month basis which, of course, is renewable. Besides being affordable, payment can also be cash, with a personal check or through a credit card.

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There are more than 760,000 children and adults in the US suffering from cerebral palsy (CP) and, every year, an estimated 12,000 more new patients are added to their number. Cerebral palsy is an incurable, chronic disorder that impairs communication between the brain and the muscles. It is caused by damage to, or malformation of, the motor areas in the brain which are responsible for controlling a person’s movement and posture.

CP is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in children and it will affect a child for the rest of his/her life. A person, especially a child who is suffering from CP, will experience difficulty with fine motor tasks (like writing), walking and balance; often, emotional, social, sensory and cognitive disabilities are also associated with the disorder.

Some children are born with CP, while others acquire it during the first years of their lives. Congenital CP, which is present at birth, is usually the result of lack of proper and adequate care for the pregnant woman, lack of oxygen in the brain of the unborn, a severe case of jaundice, trauma to the head of the child during labor or delivery, Rh incompatibility, infections suffered by the mother during pregnancy, infant stroke, premature birth and very low birth weight.

Cerebral palsy, which develops during the child’s early years, is called Acquired CP. This may be caused by brain infection, including viral encephalitis and meningitis, or injury to the head of the child, which can be due to a fall, vehicular accident or child abuse.

While the specific type of cerebral palsy, the degree of functional limitation and the specific limbs which get affected are the determining factors of the severity of the disorder, the two major causes of its presence are very low birth weight and premature birth (these two conditions do not automatically cause
CP, but rather increases the risk of it). Aside from the possible causes listed above, medical authorities name another factor which they acknowledge has caused majority of CP cases in the US: medical negligence.

So many medical negligent acts are committed either during pregnancy or during delivery. Some specific examples of these acts include failure to recognize and/or treat fetal distress, failure to plan or perform an emergency C-section, incorrect medication during delivery, wrong or excessive use of vacuum extraction devices, and so forth.

Cerebral palsy has restricting effects, both in children and in adults. Though patients suffering from this disorder may avail of therapeutic treatments, the activities they will be able to engage in remain limited when compared to a normal person; besides, the cost of treatment will surely be not inexpensive. This can ruin a person’s life right at its beginning.

If the disorder acquired by a child as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, then such child’s family has the right to take legal action for possible compensation the law may allow the child to receive. This compensation should, first and foremost, cover cost of medical treatment that the child will need for as long as he/she needs it. A seasoned cerebral palsy or birth injury lawyer will definitely be able to help the child and his/her family get the maximum amount of compensation from the liable person and, possibly, from the institution which that person represents.

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That reckless drivers are good drivers may not be a remote possibility – for it will require great driving skills to be able to weave through traffic, more so to counter its flow. But besides great driving skills which reckless drivers (probably) have, they also possess a couple of other things that many other motorists do not (and hopefully will never) have: the willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and properties.

Reckless driving is just about that. It is nothing more than sheer lack of respect for others and the law. Why? Because drivers know fully well if they are behaving recklessly on the road since being reckless was definitely not the style they were taught and trained to develop in the driving school they attended prior to earning their driver’s license. And while the ages of those guilty of driving recklessly range between 16 and more than 60, records from both the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the ones most prone to this irresponsible behavior are drivers aged between 16 and 19. Every year, as many as 292,000 teen drivers are given emergency treatment in hospitals due to injuries, while about 2,650 others never get to see a new day again.

(Just) this April 22, 2015, a Toyota Prius, driven by a female teen, collided with a truck, which carried three foreign senior citizens (residing in Stockton), along Highway 50 near Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. The accident, which claimed all four lives, occurred before 2:30 a.m. The three men were on their way home, after hanging out in a casino in Placer County, when their vehicle was said to have been hit by the speeding Prius that was also being driven on the wrong side of the highway.

Accidents and injuries due to reckless driving are totally preventable since people know and can control what they are doing. Often, victims and their families, as well as traffic enforcers are left wondering and asking what could be so important that would make it worth compromising the safety of others.

A recent University of Illinois study (on how the teenage brain functioned) that was authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Eva Telzer showed teenagers’ likelihood of making irresponsible decisions even while behind the wheel, except when their mother was riding with them. The study included a simulated risk-taking driving course wherein the participants were asked to drive alone and then in the presence of their mother. The results showed that when mom was present, the teens drove more responsibly, but, alone, running a yellow light seemed more exciting, despite the risk.

In whatever part of the US a person lives, being an innocent victim in an accident due to reckless driving may entitle you to compensation from the guilty party for whatever damages the injury will result to. This includes cost of medical treatment and loss of income due to days off of work. Other states also consider the emotional trauma suffered by the victim, disability or disfigurement (if the injury results to such), loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, which is possible if the accident results to deprivation of the benefits of family relationship, and so forth.

Because the complexity of the law, the preparation of necessary documents, pursuing the best legal option and presenting the most convincing arguments that will uphold your rights, as a victim, may prove too stressful and complex, seeking the help of an Oklahoma car accident lawyer should, therefore, be a move that you make. In all US states there is a statutory time for filing a civil lawsuit that will help you receive the compensation that the law entitles you to receive; allow your car accident lawyer to give you all the assistance that you need regarding these matters.

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