Washington, D.C., solo Carolyn Elefant—who has one daughter in high school and another “on the cusp of college”—writes at Above the Law that her working for herself rather than for a law firm worked out for her and her family. But is being a solo always the best way to go if you have a family? There are pros and cons on both sides she writes.Two pros:Flexibility and control. “Solos in some practice areas—such as estate planning or small business counseling—can generally set their own hours, so they might close the office at three to be home when school lets out or, alternatively, open for business a few nights a week or on weekends when a spouse can provide childcare coverage.” They can also choose where to work and work from home as needed.Freedom to explore new areas. “Parents who work at a firm don’t have much spare time, so they’re often stuck focusing on the same practice area rather than expanding to new projects. … [Read more...] about Are parents better off as solos, or at firms? | Why law-app developers are ignoring Android
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A little over a year after a mom and her young daughter disappeared, the fugitive Florida woman has been captured and is being held in a federal parental kidnapping case.Megan Elizabeth Everett, 23, and her 3-year-old daughter, Lilly Abigail Baumann, were found Monday in the Palatka area of Florida, where they had been living. Lilly’s father, Robert Baumann, 27, said authorities told him they were found due to a landlord’s tip, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.A program about the case aired over the weekend on CNN’s The Hunt with John Walsh.Everett is being held without bail at the Putnam County jail on charges of kidnapping, interference with custody and concealing a minor contrary to a court order, reports the Florida Times-Union.Lilly was initially placed in protective custody, but Baumann told the Sun Sentinel she had been turned over to him by Monday evening and the two were on their way home to Davie, Florida.“I am so happy to finally have my … [Read more...] about Fugitive mom captured in parental kidnap case; did vaccination issue prompt her exit?
Child support will be ordered when there are children involved in a divorce. The payment of child support must be delineated in the parties’ Marital Settlement Agreement and the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. Child support is based upon a statutory formula that encompasses, among other factors, the amount of time-sharing, specifically overnights, each party is exercising with their children. For example, child support from the breadwinner spouse (e.g. the payor spouse) to the other spouse may be substantially reduced if the parties exercise equal time-sharing as opposed to a payor spouse exercising less time-sharing such as alternating weekends and one overnight each week. After the parties are divorced and child support is ordered, the payor spouse should be careful about ensuring that he or she exercises all of the time-sharing afforded to him or her, because the failure to do so, may give rise to the non-paying spouse’s right to seek an increase in … [Read more...] about Failure To Exercise Time-Sharing May Cause Child Support To Be Modified
For decades, state agencies and local communities have initiated mass media campaigns to promote public health and reduce drunk driving and alcohol-related accidents. Keeping the public aware is essential because according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), on average, 28 individuals in America lose their lives each day to alcohol-related crashes at the rate of one every 51 minutes. With more than 13,000 lives lost every year in the U.S., eliminating dangerous behavior behind the wheel can make traveling safer for everyone sharing the road.In 1983, the NHTSA launched its “Friends Don’t Lead Friends Drive Drunk” campaign in an effort to prevent alcohol-impaired friends and family members from driving after drinking. Fifteen years later in 1998, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that the nation had its lowest number of roadway accident fatalities involving alcohol since the government agency gathering statistics. The National … [Read more...] about Impact of Safety Campaigns on Reducing Drunk Driving
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who died Sept. 3, is remembered for his disarming warmth and humor, breadth of knowledge about the law, and insistence that there is life outside the office. Few knew him better than the legions of clerks who toiled with and learned from him. Indeed, the sheer number who attended his funeral testifies to how highly he was regarded. Here, four former clerks from the decades of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s write about their own particular memories of the late chief justice.Craig BradleyI first met William Rehnquist in the winter of 1970-71. I was a newly minted member of the honor graduate program in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Rehnquist was the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel. He was also the director of the College Visitation Program, a Justice Department program to send officials to college campuses to show that real people worked in the Nixon Justice Department. I had volunteered to … [Read more...] about Hail to the Chief