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South Florida Family Law Attorney Offers 5 Tips Every Spouse Should Know About Marital Misconduct

Boynton Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 5, 2010

Brian M. Moskowitz, a well-respected family law attorney in south Florida, says the recent Tiger Woods scandal is an unfortunate reminder that happy marriages can change in an instant.

When news broke last Thanksgiving weekend that the worlds greatest golfer had injured himself in a car accident, questions arose about its cause and Americans watched the public unraveling of Woods’ private life. What was seen as a model marriage became a tawdry story about a secret life of misconduct.

The old saying that no one knows what goes on inside a marriage is true, Moskowitz said. Sadly, sometimes its one of the spouses who is in the dark about these hidden aspects of a relationship.”

Marital misconduct is a leading cause of divorce and the innocent spouse in such a case deserves to be properly protected, Moskowitz said.

Moskowitz offered five facts every married Florida couple should know about marital misconduct:

Florida grants a No Fault Divorce if there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Marital misconduct is often a key element leading to the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Several types of misconduct often fall under the broader concept of marital misconduct. They include adultery, domestic violence, cruel and abusive behavior, habitual drunkenness or addiction, or economic fault.
While no fault or not assigning blame is the courts aim in a divorce, spousal conduct does have a bearing on other decisions in a divorce. Adultery, for example, can impact child custody, division of marital assets, and distribution of alimony.
The Florida court can order an attempt at reconciliation. If one spouse denies the marriage is irretrievably broken or if the couple has minor children, the court may delay proceedings for up to three months and can order counseling or mediation.
The best way to be sure you are dealing with marital misconduct in a manner that will result in a proper outcome for you is to seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney.
About The Law offices of Brian M. Moskowitz:

With offices located in Boynton Beach (primary), Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, the Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handles a variety of family law cases for clients throughout southern Florida, including Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. The firm charges flat rates for many family law services, and handles cases that include divorce, child custody, child support, relocation, paternity and adoption.

For more information, visit the firms Web site at http://www.mosklaw.com/ or reach the firm by phone at (561) 369-4481.


South Florida Family Law Attorney Says Facebook Is Rapidly Becoming a Go-To Source for Evidence in Divorce Cases

Boynton Beach, FL (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

According to a report this week in the Los Angeles Times, Facebook has 7.5 million underage users. But its not just kids who are using this social media tool, South Florida family law attorney Brian M. Moskowitz said today.

Unhappy spouses in shaky marriages are also using Facebook to rekindle relationships with old flames, which can have serious consequences if the infidelity leads to divorce, according to Moskowitz.

He pointed to another recent report issued by the Loyola School of Medicine, which cited an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Survey as evidence that Facebook has become the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence, with 66 percent citing it as the primary source.

Obviously spouses who are tempted to cheat dont need Facebook to do so, said Moskowitz, whose Boynton Beach family law firm, the Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz, focuses exclusively on family law issues, including Florida divorce cases.

But it can provide quick, easy access to former lovers in a forum that spouses can easily conceal by saying theyre using the computer to finish work or check email, Moskowitz said. However, what they might not realize is that social media can also be hazardous from a legal standpoint if their unfaithful behavior shows up in photos or comments on the site.

Moskowitz said that not all of the privacy settings offered by Facebook can shield users from having their indiscretions exposed online and savvy attorneys will most certainly seize upon that evidence during divorce proceedings.

For example, anyone can post photos on Facebook and tag, or identify by name, the person pictured. That means if a mutual friend posts a shot of the spouse and lover together in what looks like a compromising situation, it can quickly be captured and displayed as proof in a divorce action, according to Moskowitz.

It is not as simple as avoiding posting your own pictures and being careful not to say or send anything suggestive, the South Florida divorce lawyer said. Like the name implies, social networking connects you with any number of people who could unwittingly expose the cheating behavior. That can have direct and damaging consequences on the divorce outcome.

Moskowitz suggested that spouses who are thinking about getting divorced carefully assess the content of their Facebook or other social media pages and shut their accounts if they think they are inappropriate.

There is so much at stake during a divorce, whether its related to child custody or alimony or protecting important assets, Moskowitz said. Divorcing couples will fare best if they avoid adding fuel to the fire by leaving a trail that can be easily traced online.

About The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz

With offices located in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handle a variety of family law cases for clients throughout southern Florida, including Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. The firm charges flat rates for many family law services and handles cases that include divorce, child custody, child support, mediation, modification, relocation, paternity and adoption. For more information, call the firm at (561) 369-4481 or use its online form.


Divorce Lawyer Jennifer Wood Joins South Bay Family Law Firm

Torrance, California (PRWEB) October 20, 2011

The Law Offices of David K. Yamamoto, divorce law specialists located in Torrance Calif., welcome Attorney Jennifer L. Wood. The addition of Wood and her practice expands the firms resources to provide quality divorce law services to the residents of Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Rancho Palos Verdes.

Wood is a divorce lawyer focused on understanding her clients concerns and protecting their interests. She is skilled at reaching collaborative solutions, but assertive in using litigation to resolve conflicts. Wood explains, Each divorce is unique and requires a custom approach. My first objective is to listen and reach a complete understanding of the situation. Based on that understanding, I develop an effective strategy to achieve the desired results.

David Yamamoto, Principal, appreciates Woods personalized approach. Jennifer Wood is a conscientious family lawyer. She respects each clients needs and has the skill to meet those needs, he explains.

Wood is a graduate of Southwestern Law School and a member of the Family Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the State Bar of California. She chose to specialize in family law after working as a Family Law Judicial Officer of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Wood was also a Certified Law Clerk for the Childrens Law Center of Los Angeles and a clerk for the juvenile and felony divisions of the Los Angeles District Attorney.

On a personal level, Wood is actively involved in the arts community of Southern California. Before attending Southwestern Law School, she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from DePaul Universitys Theatre School.

The Law Offices of David K. Yamamoto have been providing representation to a diverse client base since 1986. The divorce law practice has extensive experience in all facets of divorce law. This includes settling initial disagreements over child custody and support, spousal support, and division of personal, retirement, and business assets. Yamamoto is also versed in representing his clients months and years after divorce, when changing circumstances require modifications to the initial child, support, and property arrangements.

Based in Torrance, Calif., the divorce law firm mainly serves the communities of Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Marina Del Ray and Rancho Palos Verdes. To learn more, visit DKYLaw.com.


The Lakota People’s Law Project Sponsors Dakota Sioux Meeting March 3 to Bring Children Home from South Dakota Foster Care, Uniting Families

Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) March 01, 2012

Janice Howe was featured in NPRs October 25th investigative report “Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Lives. Ms. Howe, who lost and later reclaimed her granddaughters after a two year battle with the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS), has been working to educate and help other Lakota/Dakota/Nakota who have lost their children and grandchildren to the foster care system. Ms. Howe, responding to many requests, has called a meeting for Saturday, March 3 in Ft. Thompson, South Dakota, on the Crow Creek Indian reservation. Family members will have the opportunity to share their stories and learn about their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act. This community education meeting will feature a presentation by Chief Counsel of the Lakota Peoples Law Project (LPLP), Daniel Sheehan, who is working on a campaign to enforce ICWA in the state. Dana Hannah, Special Counsel for the ACLU, will also be in attendance.

This important Dakota self-empowerment initiative is being sponsored, in part, by the Lakota People’s Law Project and by the Swift Foundation of Santa Barbara, CA. LPLP Executive Director Sara Nelson said, We were enthusiastic about helping with expenses for the meeting. Ms. Howe and other Lakota are heroically volunteering their time and money to take positive measures to rescue their children. We reached out to the Swift Foundation, whose Board decided that they too wanted to help with this landmark meeting.

According to NPR, Native American children in South Dakota comprise only 15% of all children in the state, but they constitute over 50% of the kids in state foster care. According to public defender files, once Native children have been taken by the South Dakota Department of Social Services, parents and family members often have to drive more than a hundred miles to attend a hearing to find out why their children were taken. Moreover, parents and family members complain that they are not told where the children are ultimately placed and are not allowed to communicate with them. Without money for private attorneys, family members have no real legal recourse. Public defenders are overworked with case loads of 100s of clients.

According to their own monthly reports to the ICWA offices, the South Dakota Department of Social Services has seized and removed over 5,500 Indian children from their parents, grandparents and tribe over the past decade. State documents (The Demographics of Children in Alternative Care) show that over 68% of these children were placed in Caucasian-owned and operated foster care facilities or with Caucasian foster parents. This is a direct violation of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 which mandates that Indian children be placed with relatives, members of their tribe, or members of another tribe before being placed with white families and institutions.

Statistics provided by Judge William Thorne, Jr. of the Utah Court of Appeals show that 63% of Indian children who age out of the current foster care system and reach 20 years of age are homeless, in prison, or dead.

According to NPR reporters Laura Sullivan and Amy Walters, money may be a factor in the foster care process. Every time a state puts a child in foster care, the federal government sends money. Because South Dakota is poor, it receives even more money than other states – almost a hundred million dollars a year. – Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families, October 25, 2011

The Swift Foundation supports local stewards and their allies who are dedicated to protecting biological and cultural diversity, building resilience amidst climate change and restoring the health and dignity of communities globally.

The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the Romero Institute, a 501(C) 3 not-for-profit corporation based in Santa Cruz, California. The Lakota People’s Law Project has been researching and investigating Lakota foster care issues since 2006. The project was begun at the request of Lakota grandmothers who were actively seeking the return of thousands of missing Lakota children, whom they call The Lost Birds. LPLP tribal liaison, Madonna Thunder Hawk, is working now with grandmothers though out the state.

Romeros Lakota People’s Law Project has funded Lakota investigators, interviewers and professional consultants to provide technical assistance to the tribes. The goal has been to plan Lakota/Dakota/Nakota-value-driven Family Service Agencies. The project has written and distributed Indian Child Welfare Act A Guide to Rights, Recommendations and Court Processes for Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases. The booklet is a step by step guide for parents who have had their children taken by the DSS, and may be the only such guide in the country. It is available for download at no cost at http://lakotapeopleslawproject.org/resources/.

The Romero Institute honors the spirit of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador by working on cases where injustice is severe and systemic, and where people lack the resources to get help elsewhere.

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Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico Launches “Summer Guaycura Camp” for Children

Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico (PRWEB) April 22, 2012

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto (http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com), Baja California South, Mexico, the newest luxury resort from the Villa Group, is pleased to announce Summer Guaycura Camp created for kids ages 8-15. Starting July 14th, there will be six week-long adventure camps throughout the summer offering children an opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor and cultural activities. The Guaycura camp is named after the native people who occupied the region before the arrival of the Spanish.

Children will be completely engaged through a range of hands-on activities and excursions in this remote natural setting, remarked Carlos Velasco, the resorts activity director and camp creator. Its also great for parents who want to enjoy our resorts many amenities or pamper themselves at the newly opened spa knowing their kids are having fun too.

Families with children of all ages will appreciate the resorts protected, private and tranquil bay which is ideal for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding and boasts miles of sandy beaches, five pools, two restaurants, and accommodations with spacious one, two and three bedroom suites.

The Guaycura Camp activities include:

Nature adventure hikes, including the survival basics (including bamboo raft-making) and night-time stargazing;
A visit to historic Loreto and its 1697 mission;
Cooking classes featuring traditional Mexican cuisine and cooking over a bonfire;
Treasure hunt at the beach;
Arts and crafts;
Water activities, including snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding;
Aztec dance lessons for a group performance at night;
Awards for participation in activities.

The one-week camp fees are competitively priced starting at $ 699 for the first child and $ 650 per additional child. Flights from LAX to Islands of Loreto are available through Cal Jet beginning at $ 499 (taxes and fees included). Additional camp information is available at http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com under the specials menu, or through the reservation agent.

About Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto ~ Bajas First Million Star Resort

Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico is a secluded resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 171 new, spacious, beautifully appointed one, two and three bedroom villas with balconies, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, four swimming pools, beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands (Coronado island is a must), horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico chef prepare it for you), surfing, kayaking, whale watching and baking. With the free shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto; visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous. The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children.

The New York Times lists the Islands of Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring the Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers. The Villa Group offers high-end, family-oriented resort vacations in idyllic settings along the Mexican coastline. Its first property of eight was Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta. Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto opened in March 2011; Paul Moreno serves as the Vice President of Operations. Website: http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com or our toll free number (866) 209-0726.

The Islands of Loreto is known as a safe vacation destination for travel.

Lakota Peoples Law Project Released a Special Report on the Richard Mette case, a Non-Indian Foster Care Parent of Indian Girls in South Dakota, Convicted of Child Rape

Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

The Lakota Peoples Law Project, a non-profit Indian rights organization of the Romero Institute, recently released a Special Report of their four month investigation of the Richard Mette Indian child rape case, and the criminal charges filed against the acting attorney Brandon Taliaferro and child advocate Shirley Schwab. Mr. Mette, a non-Indian foster care parent of Indian girls was convicted May 29th of child rape and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Attorney Taliaferro, the former assistant state attorney in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, South Dakota, filed charges against Mr. Mette in 2011 (CR 10-11-13; Fifth Circuit Superior Court of South Dakota). To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were working to protect Indian children from rape and incest in a state foster care home. Although Mr. Mette has pled guilty and been convicted, the two critics of the foster care parents were indicted by the state for alleged ‘witness tampering’ and ‘subornation of perjury’ in cases State of South Dakota v. Brandon Taliaferro (CR 12-428 and CR 12-431; Aberdeen, South Dakota) and State of South Dakota v. Shirley Schwab (CR 12-427 and CR 12-430; Aberdeen, South Dakota). Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were charged by the state with allegedly disclosing confidential case information and encouraging perjury by two Indian children against Richard Mette and his wife Gwendolyn. The court has scheduled a Status Hearing on June 13, and a jury will ultimately decide whether Taliaferro and Schwab are guilty or not, states Daniel Sheehan, Harvard trained attorney and counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Attorney Brandon Taliaferro is the former assistant state attorney of Brown County in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, and Mrs. Shirley Schwab is a widely respected court-appointed child advocate for Brown County. The Aberdeen News reported on Dec. 19, 2011, that Attorney Taliaferro asserts that he was simply looking out for the children, trying to hold the Department of Social Services accountable, and refusing to participate in the cover-up of misconduct by the D.S.S.

According to the National Public Radio investigation Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families by Laura Sullivan in October 2011, Native American children in the State of South Dakota have been being seized, removed from their Lakota families and Tribe, and placed involuntarily into state foster care facilities by the State of South Dakota. In fact, the Child Welfare League of America reports that Native children constitute from 61% -to-68% of the children seized and placed in out-of-home care in South Dakota over the last ten-years, even though they make up less than 13% of the states total child population. Placing the Lakota children in non-Indian foster care violates the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (authored by former South Dakota United States Senator James Abourezk), which mandates that all necessary active efforts be undertaken by State officials to place such children with their closest Native American family member, so as not to remove these Indian children from their Native American culture.

Research shows that the outcomes for Indian Children in non-Indian foster care homes and institutions are not encouraging. In fact, Judge Thorne of the Utah Supreme Court asserts that, Over 60% of Native children in non-native foster care who age out of the system are homeless, in prison, or dead by age 20. Also, according to Attorney Sheehan, The current system is a failure. Our research shows that the State of South Dakota is the worst violator of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the nation.

To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Since 2006 the Lakota Peoples Law Project has been partnering with the Native American tribes of South Dakota. Through law, public policy, research, and education, LPLP is challenging systemic injustices and working for the renewal of Lakota culture and society. The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the non-profit organization the Romero Institute of Santa Cruz, CA. The Romero Institute, named after slain human rights advocate, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, seeks to identify and disassemble structural sources of injustice and threats to the survival of our human family.

South Florida Schools Continue Participation in Anti-Discrimination Program No Place for Hate

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) August 31, 2012

Bryant Securitys goal is to protect the community against crime, terrorists and most importantly, keeping the kids safe. As a historical participant in the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and a supporter of No Place for Hate, Bryant Security Corporation, a Miami security company, reminds the community that bullying is an epidemic, which comes in many forms.

More than 40 Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County schools have signed up for an anti-discrimination program called No Place for Hate, since its launch in March. We take bullying very seriously. The No Place for Hate program is great because it not only helps to identify all the different forms of bullying, but holds each school individually responsible for implementing the program, says Shay Ben-David, Bryant Security President. Schools must renew their certification on a yearly basis which involves student and teacher trainings. The school is then required to hold three different activities that promote diversity and acceptance. Upon completion, they

Store-A-Tooth Dental Stem Cell Banking Announces Appointment of Dedicated Representative in South Florida

Lexington, MA (PRWEB) December 13, 2012

Provia Labs Store-A-Tooth, a leader in dental stem cell preservation, announces Traci White as the dedicated representative spearheading the companys newly launched South Florida field office. White brings over 11 years of experience in stem cell banking to her new role. Her understanding of the science of stem cells will aid her in educating the South Florida community on the benefits of banking stem cells from teeth.

Ms. White will be responsible for providing resources and support to dentists who offer the Store-A-Tooth service to patients in their practices, as well as educating local families about the powerful choice they can make to bank their childrens stem cells when teeth come out. In addition, White will be charged with introducing Store-A-Tooth locally to organizations such as the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the Cleveland Clinic Florida.

We invited Store-A-Tooth to participate in our practices Annual Scientific Conference and Dentist Day because we think its important that our referring dentists learn about new technologies, said Dr. Kurt Friedman, DDS, an oral surgeon with the Oral Facial Reconstruction and Implant Center of South Florida and a Fellow of the AAOMS.

Dr. Jeffrey Eisner, DMD, of Eisner Oral Surgery in Miami concurs: I treat patients every day with conditions that could be solved with stem cells in the future. Patients should know about this cutting edge and promising technology which could safeguard their childrens future. According to Eisners Vice President of Operations, Sonny Diblasi who stored her sons dental stem cells last year the practice routinely tells patients about Store-A-Tooth as part of their patient education prior to scheduled extractions.

Traci White joins Store-A-Tooth after 11 years as one of the top Clinical Consultants at Viacord, a pioneer in the cord blood banking industry. White began her career at Viacord as Senior Account Business Manager serving South Florida and was instrumental in the inauguration of private cord blood/cord tissue stem cell banking in the women’s healthcare industry by providing educational services to OB/GYNs and their patients. Today, more than 80 diseases are treatable by cord blood stem cell transplants.

According to Howard Greenman, CEO of Store-A-Tooth, Tracis vast knowledge of stem cell banking will prove to be a valuable asset to the South Florida community as she will aid many families in making an informed decision to preserve their childrens dental stem cells for future use.

Stem cells are present in healthy teeth, and can easily be collected as a child loses baby teeth, or from teeth being pulled for orthodontia or wisdom teeth extractions. Dental stem cell banking gives families the opportunity to store their childs stem cells long after birth for potential use in therapies for conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injuries, stroke, heart attack and neurological disorders such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

About Provia Laboratories, LLC

Provia Laboratories, LLC (http://www.provialabs.com) is a health services company specializing in high quality biobanking (the collection, transport, processing, and cryogenic storage of biological specimens). Its dental stem cell banking service, Store-A-Tooth, gives parents the option to store stem cells today to protect their childrens health tomorrow. Store-A-Tooth preserves precious stem cells from baby and wisdom teeth that would otherwise be discarded, so parents can be prepared for advances in stem cell therapies that someday may help treat conditions such as type 1 diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart attack, stroke, and neurological disorders like Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

For more information about Store-A-Tooth dental stem cell banking, please call 1-877-867-5753 or visit us at http://www.store-a-tooth.com or Like Store-A-Tooth at Facebook.com/storeatooth. Visit Facebook.com/StoreAToothFindACure to learn more about their Stem Cells for a Cure initiative to support diabetes research.