Family Lawyers Make Divorce Less of a Struggle

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If you think you may need a family lawyer, you may want to know exactly what does a family lawyer do. Most legal matters involving families with children, especially divorce, a family lawyer can address.

Family law mediates mainly in divorce, child support proceedings, persons in need of supervision and adoption. A clear example of what does a family lawyer do is when a child’s parents divorce and remarry. In the event the step parent seeks custody from the biological parent, the family lawyer would mediate.

Specialties a child custody attorney or child support attorney practice fall under family law practice. You can ask a family lawyer questions concerning child custody and child support, as ultimately child support hearings determine which parent gets child custody, though these are also questions to ask a divorce lawyer.

Published on danparklawgroup.com.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

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Minnesota counties ‘screen out’ most child abuse reports

Minnesota’s counties received nearly 68,000 reports of child abuse or neglect last year but closed most of those cases without investigation or assessment.

A review of state and federal data by the Star Tribune shows that the number of child abuse reports being screened out without any protective action rose last year to the third-highest rate in the country.

In all, the state screened out more than 48,000 such abuse reports last year ­— and authorities often made their decisions after only gathering information from a phone call or a fax.

What happens to those cases is largely unknown. Records are not open to the public. Many counties also don’t keep track of closed cases, potentially resulting in multiple reports of abuse of a child without intervention. A bill advancing through the Legislature would require counties to keep information on screened-out cases for a year to spot recurring child abuse.

Written by Brandon Stahl.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

McCann Investigations Now Offers Cutting-edge, Technology-based Background Research in Divorce Cases for San Antonio Clients

McCann Investigations, a Texas-based agency that offers a range of high-quality digital security and private investigations services, announced the detailed background investigation services that it employs during divorce case investigations.

McCann uses these investigations to uncover some crucial information about a target at the beginning of a case, which sets the framework for how the rest of the case will proceed. In many cases, the investigators’ findings during a background analysis paint a picture of a person that would surprise the client, revealing history of drug or alcohol abuse, child abuse, adultery and more. The presence of these factors and more greatly influences the outcome of divorce proceedings.

“We cannot understate the importance of a thorough background check if you are going through a contentious divorce,” said Daniel Weiss, Managing Partner at McCann Investigations. “Depending on the evidence that our investigators uncover, the client could obtain results that drastically impact the outcome of their divorce case and ensure a bright future for them and their children.”

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You can love your kids or hate your spouse- but you can’t do both

Headlines this week: “Woman arrested for parental alienation in New York.”

Mom, who had primary custody of her two daughters, was accused of programing her children to hate their father. Mom made the father come to her driveway for Hanukkah celebrations in the middle of winter outside; she uttered the words, “I wish you got cancer,” in the presence of her darling children; and, she trashed gifts from dad and his relatives.

These actions were not only condemned by the court, but a Long Island, New York judge sentenced a woman to six weekends in jail for repeatedly undermining her ex-husband’s relationship with their two daughters.

Apparently, even celebrities are afflicted with this problem: Dennis Hopper‘s (of the film Easy Rider) daughter was forbidden to attend her own father’s funeral because Mr. Hopper insisted that his ex-wife be banned from the ceremony and his daughter lived with mom.

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Local DJ staying awake for a week to raise awareness about child abuse

This is the seventh year of ‘Live for 175,’ a campaign by 103.5 KISS FM to raise awareness for child abuse. DJ Kekeluv kicked off the event Friday morning, and says he won’t sleep for one week.

People on bicycles have to pedal to keep the station on the air. They’re cycling to break the cycle of child abuse. After seven years of doing this, Kekeluv says it’s still a struggle to stay awake for days on end.

“My body clock has changed over the past couple years, where I do mornings now so I’m used to getting up in the morning and going to bed,” said Kekeluv. “I’m on a clock, so last night I wanted to go to bed and my body was trying to shut down on me, so I don’t know how you really prepare.”

He said it’s mostly mental but he gets through it with the help of listeners and volunteers.

“A lot of it’s just the drive of the people that are riding on the bike and the people that are calling the radio station,” said Kekeluv.

He’s also motivated by the cause — raising awareness about child abuse.

Written by Stephanie Zepellin.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Colorado makes child abuse data website public

POIGNANT PORTRAITS. More kids died of abuse and neglect in Colorado from 2007 to 2011 than in the five years before that, and an increasing number of those

Colorado has created a website that provides the public with child-protection and child-abuse data for each county, making the state one of four in the nation to make such information accessible to the public.

The creation of the website is one part of a series of reforms in Colorado after news reports on problems with the state’s child-protection system by The Denver Post and 9News.

“At the end of the day, the goal is to be transparent with the public and to keep our families safe and healthy,” said Julie Krow, the director of the Office of Youth and Families in the Colorado Department of Human Services. “This is something we can’t do alone. We need our community to help us.”

California, Arizona and Iowa are the other states with similar websites available to the public.

Written by Christopher N. Osher.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.

Tennessee Supreme Court to rule about faith healing as child abuse

Once again, religious shield laws rear their head in the case of charges brought against the caregivers in a child’s death. The mother is trying to get out of her conviction of child neglect. One point glossed over in the story — the child died of painful bone cancer and the mother was charged with a misdemeanor.

Supreme Court will review case involving prayer vs. medicine in caring for sick child | Columbia Daily Herald.

The Tennessee Supreme Court may soon provide clarity to the murky issue of when parents can legally put their faith in prayer rather than medicine to heal a sick child.

The state’s high court has agreed to hear an appeal in a 12-year legal battle in Loudon County that pitted mother Jacqueline Crank’s religious freedom rights against state authorities who deemed her choice of prayer over medicine to be child abuse.

Jacqueline Crank’s daughter, Jessica Crank, died at the age of 15 in September 2002 from a rare form of bone cancer. Her mother, acting on the advice of alleged cult leader and Jessica’s “spiritual father” Ariel Sherman, spurned treatment in favor of prayer. After years of legal wrangling, both Crank and Sherman were convicted of misdemeanor child neglect.

Written by Sharon Hill.  To read the full article, click here.  For more information on family law and divorce matters in San Diego and/or Riverside county, please visit our website at www.jwbrookslaw.com, and follow us everywhere @jbwrookslaw.