Blog Posts in 2013

  • Father Writes a Letter to His Daughter with Down Syndrome

    || 1-Oct-2013

    If you are a parent with a child with a disability, then you know better than anyone that your child is so much more than that label. You also know the struggle to prove that to the world and the hope that your child can teach you. This Father describes these feelings very well in a letter he writes to his daughter about his path in dealing with having a child born with a disability. See the video ...
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  • Adoption of Baby Veronica and the Indian Child Welfare Act

    || 27-Sep-2013

    Baby Veronica, who was at the center of a legal dispute between her biological father, a member of the Cherokee Nation, and her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, has been returned to the Capobiancos in South Carolina. Veronica was handed over to the Capobiancos hours after the Oklahoma Supreme Court dissolved a temporary court order leaving the child with her father and his family. ...
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  • Proud to be a family: 5 easy steps to adopting as a same-sex couple in Indiana

    || 19-Aug-2013

    Same-sex couples in Indiana may be surprised to learn that Indiana’s adoption statutes, as interpreted by the Indiana Court of Appeals, allow unmarried couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to file joint petitions for adoption. The legislature may have prohibited same-sex marriage (Ind. Code §31-11-1-1), but it has not done the same for parenthood. In the case of In re Infant Girl ...
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  • Indiana's New Restraint Law

    || 7-Aug-2013

    Indiana's new restraint law comes on the heels of many recent state moves to govern the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. With both staff and student safety in mind, several states including Wisconsin and Ohio have also recently passed measures to guide educators with resources for handling out-of-control children safely and effectively while reducing the need for restraint and ...
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  • The Fragility Factor: A Nation of Wimps

    || 5-Aug-2013

    Are parents going too far to protect their children from disappointment? Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers. This article discusses the possibility that many American parents are going overboard to cater to ...
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  • Addressing Back-to-School Issues by Collaborative Practice

    || 30-Jul-2013

    Whether you are separated or divorced, or share a child with a former partner, there are issues which commonly arise in July and August prior to the start of school. These back-to-school issues often need immediate attention, and court calendars may not accommodate the issue in a timely fashion. In addition to the time crunch, litigating the issues may be cost prohibitive. We are often asked ...
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  • What are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?

    || 12-Jul-2013

    For those of us who practice collaborative divorce, a description of its benefits can take pages and pages of text -- especially for those of us who have been representing clients in divorce litigation for many years. We have experienced first-hand the frustration, anger, hurt and disillusionment that often accompanies the traditional litigation process. Here is a summary of SOME of the benefits ...
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  • You've Got Your Decree! - Here are Some Suggestions for Tying up Loose Ends.

    || 9-Jul-2013

    So, you're there! You're divorced! You take a look at the final Decree and breathe a sigh of relief. However, here are a few suggestions to make sure all of those pesky loose ends are tied up neatly. If, as a part of the Decree, you have been awarded a division of your ex-spouse's retirement account(s), make sure your portion of the account(s) is actually transferred to your individual ...
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  • Is Collaborative Divorce Right for Me?

    || 25-Jun-2013

    Collaborative divorce is a process by which couples work through issues of child custody, parenting time, division of financial assets and payment of marital bills and expenses through non-litigation techniques guided by specially-trained, experienced family law attorneys with the assistance, if necessary, of collaboratively trained professionals, such as child and financial specialists. The goals ...
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  • What's in a Name?

    || 21-Jun-2013

    Five days after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their baby girl, the new arrival's name has been revealed. And it's likely to surprise the couple's fans. The reality star and the rapper named their daughter North West. In most states, you may give your child any first, middle, and last name you like. Whether you are married or not, you don’t have to give the baby the last ...
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  • One Drink DUI? Feds want to lower threshold for drunk driving

    || 3-Jun-2013

    The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended, among other restrictions, that the states lower the blood-alcohol level at which a motorist can be charged with drunk driving from.08 to.05. The Board's goal is to lower the amount of alcohol-related deaths in the United States, which has stayed at a consistent level for a number of years. The Board believes this regulation will ...
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  • How Will I know if my Child is Making Progress?

    || 29-May-2013

    In order to measure your child's progress, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team must first indentify her current levels as a base line or a starting point for creating goals. Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance are based on data from objective assessments. The team uses this data to write measurable IEP goals that will allow you and the school to ...
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  • Does your child struggle with behavioral/emotional issues?

    || 7-May-2013

    A FBA, or a functional behavior assessment, is a process schools often utilize when a child's behavior begins to impede their learning or the learning of other students. Functional behavioral assessments are generally considered to be a continuous problem-solving process for addressing students' unwanted behavior. It may identify: · purpose or function of behavior · variables ...
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  • Grandparent Visitation Rights

    || 2-Apr-2013

    In a recent case In Re The Guardianship of A.J.A. and L.M.A., J.C. v. J.B. and S.B. , the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed an order vacating paternal grandmother's grandparent visitation rights on the basis that the trial court initially granting the grandparent rights lacked the statutory authority to do so. The Court of Appeals found, however, that the guardians' objections to her want ...
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  • Disability-related Acronyms

    || 29-Mar-2013

    The disability community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those acronyms stand for. Acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases. A Acronyms AAC | Alternative Augmentative Communication ABA | Applied Behavioral Analysis ABC | Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence ADA |Americans with Disabilities Act ...
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