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Possible indications of nursing home abuse

When you place your loved one in a nursing home or continuing care facility, you want to feel confident that he or she is going to receive the best possible care. Regrettably, however, this is not always the case at American nursing homes, with nursing home abuse and neglect relatively common occurrences at some facilities.

The prevalence of nursing home abuse is hard to pin down due in part to the fact that many older people are unable or uncomfortable coming forward to report such instances. Abuse and neglect are more likely to occur in facilities with poorly trained, overworked and underpaid staff members, but because you cannot always be present to spot it, it is important to learn to recognize potential signs.

5 ways your husband could hide assets

Once divorce begins, some people try as hard as they can to hold onto wealth and assets. Secret accounts and shady financial activities are common in divorce, especially if there are significant assets. If your husband hides assets, you will not get a fair settlement.

This is why it is crucial to be aware of how husbands hide assets and how you can find them. Below is an overview of how your husband might hide assets and tips on how you can identify them. 

How to split custody of a pet in a divorce

Florida has one of the highest rates of divorce in the country. While the state peaked in divorces and annulments in 2006 with over 85,000 separations taking place, things have steadily declined. In 2015, the state reported that around 80,000 divorces took place.

The divorcing couple needs to reach conclusions on many topics during a divorce, from asset division to child custody. One topic the media often overlooks is who gets any pets the couple got together, such as a dog or cat. The law is not as specific about who gets pet custody in a divorce, but there are some ways to go about making this process easier. After all, both parties are probably going to want to do what is best for their furry friend.

How are vacation homes in Florida split in a divorce?

Florida is a hot spot for tourists. In an article published by the Orlando Sentinel, it was found that nearly 113 million people vacationed in Florida in 2016. That is a sharp increase from the previous year. Many people who come to enjoy the lovely Florida weather even have their own vacation home to relax in. 

Property is always a point of contention in a divorce. However, many couples have property outside of their everyday house. When a couple has a vacation home together, it can be stressful determining who gets it after a divorce. Luckily, determining this is a lot simpler than most people realize. One thing is for certain: it is a lot easier than determining who gets the actual house. 

3 reasons to consider pursuing child custody modification

Your divorce is over and the child custody order has been in place for some time now. While you are trying to make it work, you are wondering if there is a possibility for change. Under Florida family law, there are certain instances where a custody decision can be modified. This is often not accomplished in a quick and simple way, however.

Family law courts prefer stability for your child instead of disruptive change. That being said, modification is possible and even necessary in some cases. Here are three reasons to consider petitioning for custody modification.

Tips for identifying assets in a divorce

Ending your relationship is an emotional process, but strictly speaking, the divorce itself is the dissolution of a legal contract. As such, you and your spouse both have a duty to be completely honest in describing your financial situation.

Even if you both intend to be straightforward, inventorying your joint property can be a challenge. Here are some marital assets that couples may overlook, whether intentionally or accidentally.

Complications associated with cesarean sections

According to AmericanPregnancy.org, more than one in four American women now give birth by cesarean section. Sometimes, these procedures are pre-planned, and this is particularly common if you have given birth using this method before. Other times, emergency situations lead to C-section deliveries, and this is especially likely if the medical team feels that a regular birth will place you or your baby at risk.

As is the case with any surgery, however, there are risks in delivering a baby via C-section, and both mother and baby can experience complications.

Why nursing home residents may be susceptible to abuse

As a CNN report published in March 2017 explains, abuse and assault seem to be problems in many nursing homes. For example, a single aide was able to hop from home to home even though there were many possible cases of abuse swirling around the individual.

Here is a look at why residents in nursing homes are particularly at risk for abuse.

What was the cause of your burn injury?

The National Institute of Health tells us that more than two million people in the U.S. receive treatment for burns annually. While young children, senior citizens and disabled people are most at risk for injury, everyone suffers a burn at one time or another. However, when someone receives injury in this way as a result of negligence, legal assistance is in order for the victim.

Common types of burns

Protect your child by knowing the signs of TBI

Young children can hit their head in many types of accidents, from collisions in contact sports to car accidents. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can cause any number of issues for people, from headaches to memory loss, but the effects on children may be slightly different.

As a parent, you should be aware of the symptoms of head injuries so that you know what signs to watch for after an accident.

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