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Compliments of Mark Anderson of Andertoons

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Compliments of Mark Anderson of Andertoons

Has your child been accused of a crime? Find out what you should know about Juvenile Crimes

Juvenile delinquency known as juvenile offending or youth crime is participation in illegal behavior by minors.

Criminal defendants who haven’t quite reached the age of majority (18 in most states) go through a different criminal justice system than the one most people are familiar with.

juvenile (1)Let’s find out the differences between Juvenile Proceedings and Adult Criminal Proceedings:

Juveniles commit “delinquent acts” not “crimes,” and juvenile offenders have “adjudication hearings” not “trials.” The punishment of juvenile offenders also differs significantly from the punishment of adult criminals. The purpose of an adult sentence is to PUNISH, when the purpose of a juvenile sentence is primarily to REHABILITATE the juvenile so that he can go on to live a productive adult life.

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The juvenile justice system is much different than the adult system and you need a lawyer who can give your child the best chances of success throughout the complex legal process.

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Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse. Find Out How to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

All of us know how important is for a child to grow up in a good environment. Parents should prevent child abuse because it can affect children for their whole life.

Child Sexual Abuse involves “any sexual act with a child performed by an adult or an older child“, such as:

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  • Penetrative sex;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity;
  •  Intentionally engaging in sexual activity in front of a child;
  • Showing children pornography, or using them to create it;
  • Encouraging a child to engage in prostitution.

Symptoms of Child Sexual Abuse:

  1. A noticeable fear of a person or certain places
  2. Unusual response from the child when asked if he or she was touched
  3. Unreasonable fear of a physical exam
  4. Drawings that show sexual acts
  5. Sudden awareness of genitals and sexual acts and words
  6. Attempts to get other children to perform sexual acts.

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The Great Role of State Child Protection When Minors Are Abused And Neglected

Everybody would agree that nothing is more important than protecting our kids. State Child Protection involves situations when parents are investigated by the state for neglecting or abusing their children.

The State Child Protection procedure:

  1. A report of suspected abuse or neglect is made to the appropriate state agency. child
  2. An investigation process of the report’s validity takes place. It is done through: interviews,  observations and reviewing documents concerning the child. 
  3. If at the end of the investigation the child is determined to be at risk, the child may be temporary taken out of their homes to ensure their safety.
  4. Usually the child is kept with their parents unless there is an definite safety concern.  
  5. Social services can provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members if it is necessary.  
  6. If the situation is serious, the Court will determine what should be done. If the accusations of abuse and neglect are true, the court may issue a Child Protection Order to keep the child safe.

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Can A Child Support Agreement Help In Collecting Child Support?

Asking yourself what child support is and who is obliged to pay it? You don’t know whether you are eligible for child support and what should be the amount of it? This article is meant to provide you with all the information you need.

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Surrogacy as an Alternative of Having a Child

surrHaving a child is a natural wish of two people who love each other. Unfortunately not every couple can have a child due to different health related issues. The solution of this problem could be surrogacy. Surrogacy occurs when a woman agrees to carry a child for another individual, who then becomes the legal parent of the child at birth. A surrogate mother is a woman who carries and gives birth to the child for someone else or for a couple. The most complicated process is to find a surrogate mother, but sometimes a friend or family member offers to be a surrogate, what reduces the costs of the surrogacy.

surrogacyThere are different types of surrogacy. Artificial insemination occurs when a married woman (with her husband’s consent) conceives a child by artificial insemination from a donor other than her husband. In this cases the law generally recognizes the child as the husband’s legitimate child. In vitro fertilization, literally meaning “fertilization in glass” is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body. The embryo is later placed in the woman’s womb. Embryo transplantation is another form of surrogacy meaning that an embryo is transferred from the womb of its mother to the womb of another female in which it completes its development.

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Child Custody. Who will take legal care of the child after divorce?

Nowadays people get divorced daily. The reasons can be different but the result is always the same in the couples that already have children. The most important question that arise during and after the process of divorce is, who is going to have custody of the child/children.

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Child custody is a legal term that defines the relationship between the child and the parent, where the parent has the right to make decisions for the child and take care of him/her. The decision with which parent the child will reside is made, based on the child’s best interests. That means that the interests of the parents, child’s wishes and child’s relationship with each parent are taken into consideration. Sometimes, people other than child’s parents can obtain custody, including relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, close family friends, or other people who wish to get custody of a child. It is usually called “non-parental” or “third party” custody.

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Guardianship – Let Somebody Take Care of You

000It is also good to have somebody who takes care about you. Usually parents are those who look after a child, guide him and are responsible for him. Unfortunately children can loose their parents due to different circumstances. In these cases courts are empowered to appoint a guardian for the child or person that needs special protection.

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Guardianship is a legal relationship where a guardian is a person who looks after:

  • children whose parents can no longer take care of them
  • persons over 18 years old who are mentally or physically incapacitated

 

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Four Children Die Every Day as a Result of Child Abuse

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According to Childhelp, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than four (4) children die every day as a result of child abuse. Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.

Child abuse is regarded as failure to act on the part of the parent or caretaker that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation. Child abuse can occur not only in child’s home but also at schools, kindergartens or other organizations the child interacts with.

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