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Jobs that may put you at higher risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

A study recently published in Arthritis Care & Research suggests that workers in certain industries may be more susceptible to being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than others.

The researchers found that men, and particularly those working as either electricians or around electronics or as either concrete or brick layers are particularly susceptible to the disease. They also found that women working as medical attendants or assistant nurses had an abnormally high risk of developing RA.

Why work with an experienced attorney in child custody proceedings? P.3

In previous posts, we've mentioned several important reasons to work with an experienced family law attorney in child custody proceedings.

These reasons include: ensuring the court has accurate information about both parents; conveying a parent's child custody preferences and motivations in a favorable way; and ensuring the court has the perspective necessary to appropriately weigh each factor in the case. In this post, we'll look at another reason to work with a skilled attorney: ensuring the court doesn't abuse its discretion.

Why work with an experienced attorney in child custody proceedings? P.2

Last time, we began looking at the importance of working with experienced legal counsel in child custody proceedings. In the first place, we noted, skilled legal counsel can help ensure that a parent is able to convey to the court his or her qualities and that the court has accurate information about both parents with respect to the various best interests factors.

2. Ensure the court understands what you, as the parent, want

Another important reason to work with experienced legal counsel in child custody proceedings is to fully convey to the court your desires as a parent and the motivations behind your child custody preferences. As we noted, even though the child's best interests are the primary factor the court considers in making a child custody determination, the interests of the child are ordinarily closely tied to the interests of the parents.

Why work with an experienced attorney in child custody proceedings? P.1

Previously, we began looking at the best interests of the child standard and some of the factors courts take into consideration when making child custody decisions. As we noted last time, different states have slightly different approaches to child custody, even if the bests interests of the child standard remains central to the decision.

One area where there are often differences in state law concerning child custody is how courts evaluate joint custody arrangements. In Maryland, there is no presumption that joint custody is in the best interests of the child, while in other states there is such a presumption. A presumption in favor of joint custody can make it harder for parents to argue in favor of sole custody, unless the circumstances of joint custody are clearly adverse to a child's best interests. In Maryland, the lack of such a presumption can sometimes be beneficial to a parent, and sometimes not so beneficial, depending on the parent's custody goals.

How to Maryland courts make child custody decisions?

Divorce is always a stressful process, to some extent. For parents with minor children, divorce can be particularly challenging, especially when it comes to making decisions about child custody. Ideally, couples are able to set aside any differences and hurt feelings they may have toward one another and work together to come up with a mutually acceptable child custody arrangement for their children. Unfortunately, this is not always possible.

In cases where parents cannot agree on child custody matters, a determination has to be made by a family court judge. Having the decision taken out of their hands can be difficult for parents, but it is sometimes the only way to move forward. One important point to understand, though, is that child custody determinations are not primarily about the parents, but about the best interests of the child.

Plan custody schedules for a baby very carefully

Having a new baby is a joyous occasion in many families. When you and the baby's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer, this can also be a trying time. You and the other parent might want to both build a relationship with the child. This can be a challenge because you have to figure out how to make things work.

Coming up with a child custody plan for a baby is going to take some work. You should remember that the plan you use for a baby is going to change as the baby gets older, but for now, the baby's needs have to come before your own needs or what is easiest for you.

Vigilance is required when a loved one is in a nursing home

Having a loved one in a nursing home means that they need help with daily activities. While you would assume that a nursing home would provide that help without any problems associated with it, people who work in these facilities sometimes opt to take advantage of the senior citizens.

Many senior citizens in nursing homes are subjected to abuse or neglect at the hands of the employees who should be caring for them. These atrocities can occur in a host of ways, so you must vigilantly watch for signs that something is wrong.

Judges consider several factors during sentencing

The sentencing phase of a criminal case is often very tense because the proceeding determines the fate of the person convicted of the crime.

Anyone who is facing the sentencing phase of a case should remember that there are specific points that the judge will consider. These can vary depending on the circumstances.

You should always fight drug possession charges

Here in Baltimore, drug charges are easy to come by and carry tough sentences. It goes without saying that at various points in our cities history, law enforcement has had a very complicated relationship with the community, and a great deal of that has to do with drug charges.

The reality of the matter is that you may find yourself facing drug charges for a variety of reasons, and whether or not they are justified, your entire life will change for the worse unless you take immediate action.

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