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What is child support supposed to cover?

If you are a parent who either pays or receives child support, you might like to know what exactly is covered by the support payments. Some parents harbor the illusion that child support is only for the bare necessities that children need, such as clothing and food.

However, there are many more expenses that child support can cover or contribute to. They include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Housing expenses like rent or mortgage
  • School tuition, supplies and fees
  • School, team and cheerleading uniforms
  • Fees for extracurricular activities
  • Entertainment costs
  • Medical bills and related costs
  • Shelter costs, including utilities
  • Telephone and cellphone bills and equipment
  • Lunch fees
  • Textbook purchases/rentals
  • Private tutoring lessons
  • Child care expenses
  • Dental and vision care and costs
  • Medical deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket costs
  • Extraordinary medical expenses
  • Car payments or rentals
  • Auto insurance
  • Registration fees
  • Gasoline and oil for cars or trucks
  • Maintenance costs and car repairs
  • Bus, train, plane and taxi fares
  • Internet and cable fees
  • Toys and games
  • Funds for swimming, tennis or other lessons
  • Camping costs
  • Scouting fees and other club dues

Your employer has responsibilities if you are hurt at work

As an employee, you have specific rights in the workplace. Your employer has specific responsibilities. If you are hurt at work, you should make sure that you know what these are because this can have a big impact on what you are able to do afterwards.

One of the first things that you need to do when you are hurt at work is to report the accident or injury to your employer, no matter how small the injury seems to be or whether you think it will be better in a few days.  If you require medical treatment, you should get it right away. The medical care you receive should be covered by workers' compensation coverage that your employer pays for.

Family law matters mustn't be shoehorned into generic solutions

Family law issues are understandably close to your heart. There are many different things that you might come across when you are working to get your case together. One thing that you have to remember is that these cases are unique and must be handled in a customized manner. We can help you find out what solutions might be possible based on the circumstances of the case.

Different family law matters have different points that must be considered. One of these is what type of case is being discussed. A divorce case, understandably, has different legal issues than an adoption or a custody case. In every situation, you have to try to think logically instead of thinking about things from an emotional standpoint. When you let emotions rule, you might not be able to make the best decisions for your needs.

Property division matters must be carefully planned

Dividing property during a divorce is often complicated. The more assets and debts that are associated with the marriage, the more difficult it is going to be. You need to make sure that you are familiar with your marital assets so that you have an idea of what kinds of divisions might be made. We realize that divorce isn't always something that you can prepare for ahead of time, but it can make life easier for your and for your lawyer if you know what you own.

When you are thinking about the assets that must be divided, you will need to classify each one. Decide which assets you can part with easily, which ones you must hold on to and which ones can go either way. This is a good starting point for where you will go with negotiations.

Transparency In Local Government - The Sunshine Act

Municipalities are governed and regulated by many state laws. Some pertain to substantive decisions and actions, but others relate to conduct and procedure.

One of the more well-known is the Sunshine Act. Of late, it has drawn significant interest, locally, in many municipalities. The "Act" requires all governmental agencies in Pennsylvania to advertise its meetings and deliberate and discuss agency business in a public setting. Local agencies are better known as townships, cities, boroughs and school districts. All actions of an agency must take place at a public meeting. In addition, members of the public are afforded a right to comment prior to any official action (motion) of an agency.

Young, single people can't neglect estate planning

Many people imagine older adults and parents with young children when they think about estate planning. It might surprise some to know that even young, single people need to have an estate plan.

Your estate plan addresses your belongings after you pass away, but it doesn't stop there. It provides medical and financial instructions that must be followed if you can't make decisions on your own. Here are a few things that single adults should remember about estate planning:

Reducing the risk of contact hazards in hospital settings

People who work in hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices face hazards each day they go into the work. The risk of catching a communicable disease or illness is pretty high. This is one of the reasons why many health care facilities require nurses and other workers to have vaccinations during the course of their employment.

Unfortunately, vaccines aren't a foolproof method for preventing some of these illnesses. The flu shot, for example, isn't effective against every strain that might impact people in a year. This means that nurses and other professionals need to take steps on their own to reduce the risk of transmission.

Fight for your rights when you are injured at work

Work-related injuries are often due to lax safety procedures and negligence. There isn't any good reason why workers who get hurt on the job should have to be the ones to cover the costs of the medical care and the loss of income that might follow a serious injury. This is the reason why workers' compensation insurance coverage is so important.

Workers who are injured at work need to alert their employer to the accident right away. This opens the door for them to seek medical care at the expense of workers' compensation instead of the employee having to pay the costs. We know that you might be wary of doing this because of fear of retaliation, but retaliation based on an injury on the job is illegal.

A father plays an important role in a child's life

Fathers often think they are at a disadvantage when it comes to child custody issues. This isn't the case any longer. Courts now realize that with very few exceptions, such as abuse, children should get to know both parents and be able to have a meaningful relationship with them.

For fathers who are trying to make their case for child custody matters, there are several ways to boost the case for him to be able to keep an active part in his child's life. One of these is to continue to build a strong relationship with the child. This can include going to the child's events, such as school plays and activities, church events, parent-teacher conferences and similar meetings. This shows that the father wants to be a part of all aspects of his child's life and not just the things that are considered fun.

Plan your co-parenting agreement carefully

Your children are your most prized possession so you need to make sure that you have things together when it comes to your child custody agreement. There are many different points that you need to think about when you are coming to terms of your agreement with your ex.

Many people today are using the co-parenting model of child custody to handle things regarding the children. Choosing this option means that you and your ex will have to work closely together to come up with rules and other specifics that govern the child's life.

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