Whose Child Is She?
At this point either the biological parents consent to the adoption or they refuse to give consent. If they consent they will permanently lose the right to care for and have control and custody of their child. If they refuse they go to trial. At this trial the court determines whether the biological parents will keep their rights to their child or the foster parents will be granted the adoption.
The Battle Or The War: Just Because You Can Win Should You
...before taking on any battle one should take the time to recognize what they really want out of it, because winning is never a goal, but a means to an end. What is your end? Let's say you are a public interest lawyer and you want to remove the miscarriage of justice from the system. Is the wiser course to remove a judge or group of judges who allow the miscarriage (the battle) only to eventually have those judges back (another battle), or to remove the gaps in the system that allows judges to facilitate the miscarriage (the war)?
Child Support 101: How To Change Your Child Support Payments
Let's take a change in the amount of time the child spends with each parent as an example. Let's also assume that each parent makes roughly the same
amount of money and the parent paying child support only spends weekends with his/her child. In this situation, even if the parent spent every weekend
with his/her child that would only add up to 104 days. If you can add 73 days, getting that number up to 183 days (50% of the year), then your child
support obligations should be reduced to $0. Read More
Domestic Violence And The Civil Protection Order: A Scalpel not a Sword
The Civil Protection Order in the District of Columbia is a stay away order with some extra bells and whistles. While the stay away part is its most popular tool, it includes extra remedies that maybe helpful like (1) counseling, medical, or psychiatric treatment, (2) removal of an individual from a residence they jointly own, (3) relinquishment of personal property, (4) custody/ visitation, and (5) any other relief necessary to protect the individual. Read More
Special Education: The Stigma Verses The Reality
When children are involved or witness traumatic events, the effect on them are often unnoticed and it is their education that suffers. If your child is not doing well in school and has been exposed to Domestic Violence or is involved in a Child Abuse & Neglect proceeding see if you can get them qualified for special education because they can get tutoring, counseling and a variety of other helpful services FREE of charge. Read More
Enough Is Enough: When Does Disciplining Ones Child Become Abuse
So when does discipline become abuse? You have abused your child if (1) unreasonable force is used; (2) you cause pain or marks that endure; (3) you cause marks that are not minor or (4) your discipline causes depression or suicidal thoughts in your child. Read More
One Contract Too Many: The District Cancels Suspect Contracts That Benefited Youth
Youth who are not being trained, who do not have a high school degree and do not have a job are very likely to become a burden on our societiesâ€™ resources until they become sustainable or even worse they might become criminal. These programs while focused on helping youth become healthy and productive contributors to our society also have the added effect of removing burdens on our society to include criminality. Read More
The Most Important 72 Hours of Your Life
You are told there will be a hearing within 72 hours to determine your childâ€™s placement and that there will be a family team meeting in 24 hours to make a plan for the safety of your child. Quite often these 72 hours are wasted because there is no to do list of what you need to get done to help you get your child back and why should you know. Read More