New York, New York (PRWEB) October 18, 2006
Americans point to divorce as the biggest challenge to stable family life today, outpacing other factors (1) such as same-sex or dual-career couples, according to a new survey, The Changing Shape of the American Family. Conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Martindale-Hubbells lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, the survey is featured in the November issue of Redbook.
Nearly nine in ten (88%) of U.S. adults say divorce has a negative impact on maintaining a stable American family life. In comparison, 53 percent feel that way about same-sex couples, and 50 percent say dual-career households negatively impact families. Virtually all U.S. adults (99 percent) acknowledge that families have changed over the past generation, and 70 percent say those changes have been for the worse.
Clearly, many Americans are anxious about the forces that threaten family. They’re struggling to understand all this change and what it means for their own personal choices, but they also feel a lot of compassion toward other families that make different choices–or don’t have a lot of choices, said Stacy Morrison, editor-in-chief of Redbook.
Family Law Confuses Majority of Americans
The unease that many U.S. adults feel about non-traditional family arrangements could be compounded by their lack of familiarity with legal concerns that affect families. The survey shows that 85 percent say they are somewhat or not at all knowledgeable about basic family law issues.
Nontraditional families are evolving faster than laws can keep up. Many people now need to take special care to ensure that their family, particularly if its not a traditional nuclear arrangement, is protected financially and legally, said Alan Kopit, legal editor of lawyers.com, the most comprehensive and trustworthy online resource for finding lawyers.
Among the documents Kopit recommends adults consider are wills, prenuptial agreements, co-habitation agreements and powers of attorney.
If you are a grandparent caring for grandkids, or if youre the primary caregiver to minor step-children, you likely have different legal rights and responsibilities than those raising kids in nuclear families, said Kopit. Its important to seek out legal information and counsel to ensure your family is protected.
Todays Typical American Family
The following data from the survey reveals the make-up of American families:
–One-half of all U.S. adults are currently living with a spouse or opposite-sex partner;
–Thirty-six percent of those married or living with a partner currently live with their biological children;
–Nearly one in five (19%) U.S. adults with at least one child in the household also have one non-immediate family member living there (such as an aunt, uncle or grandparent);
–Parental ties are strong: nearly half (45%) of single, never-married U.S. adults live with at least one biological parent; and
–Some Americans go solo: nearly one-in-five (17%) of all adult Americans live alone.
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Survey Sample and Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of lawyers.com from LexisNexis and Redbook magazine, between August 16 and 23, 2006 among 1,092 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, race/ethnicity, education, household income, and region were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents propensity to be online.
With a pure probability sample of 1,092, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of + / -4 percentage points. Sampling error for sub samples would be higher and would vary. However, that does not take other sources of error into account. This survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 29, 2012
One of the nations safest college savings options, the MEFA U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program has opened its annual enrollment. Families have until June 30th to deposit college savings into the U.Plan and lock in future tuition percentages at todays rates.
One of the big advantages of the U.Plan is the lack of volatility. Unlike a stock or a mutual fund investment, parents know what their U.Plan tuition certificates will be worth when they are ready to be used to pay for college, said Thomas Graf, Executive Director of MEFA, the states not-for-profit experts on college financing solutions, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
During the annual U.Plan enrollment period, families deposit their college savings to purchase tuition certificates backed by Commonwealth of Massachusetts general obligation bonds. Upon maturity, the tuition certificates can then be redeemed to pay for one of 80 participating Massachusetts public and private colleges and universities.
For example, if a college’s tuition today is $ 10,000, a $ 1,000 investment locks in 10 percent of the future tuition, regardless of the actual, eventual cost. If the future tuition is $ 15,000, the initial 10 percent investment of $ 1,000 will cover $ 1,500 of the tuition. This unique feature means the U.Plan is a principal-protected college savings option. Families may invest up to 100 percent of a child’s future college tuition at today’s rates.
Now in its 17th year, the U.Plan has helped about 38,000 families save for college. Important features of the U.Plan include:
Placer County, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2004
Ms. Kirsten Fisher, the mother of two infants, recently scheduled an appointment with her family doctor to discuss her daughter’s symptoms thought to be caused by indoor mold exposures. Because Ms. Fisher was visably upset about her daughter’s recurring nosebleeds and the fact that her home tested positive for over 1.2 million mold spores, she thought her children’s pediatrician should be informed. From this point on, things got worse.
The doctor reported Ms. Fisher to Placer County children’s protective officials who forcably placed Ms. Fisher into a nearby mental facility, and took custody of her daughters. Doctors at the facility ran several tests on Ms. Fisher, a former mental health professional, and found that the only problem she has is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as any woman concerned with her children’s health and safety would. For two months thereafter, Ms. Fisher was limited to monitored visitations with her children, and upon release back to her custody forced to sign a document stating that she could not talk about mold to her children nor speak about mold with another adult in the presence of her children. This was a clear violation of her civil rights and a civil action is now pending.
Forensic Analytical (Environmental Testing) confirms for Ms. Kristen Fisher that the home she is living in is highly infested with dangerous mold species: Alternaria, Penicillium, Stachybotrys, etc. Ms. Fishers children have been very ill and at times have experienced nose bleeding, yeast infections, and other symptoms, consistent with mold exposures. This alarms Ms. Fisher.
Ms. Kristen Fisher, the mother of two daughters age 3 and 6, visits her family doctor explaining that she feels that her daughters bloody noses and constant illnesses are due to high levels of unhealthy molds in her home. She explains that she too has been very ill and that she feels all of their symptoms are related to the mold exposures. Her family doctor decides to report Ms. Fisher to the Placer County childrens protection services (CPS) alleging that she is suffering from psychosis and non-compliant in her treatment plan. He further alleges that Ms. Fisher is projecting her symptoms onto her children.
A representative of the county CPS arrives unannounced at Ms. Fishers daughters school to interview the children without any supervision of the activity. This scares the children. No one contacts the mother about this event.
The childrens teacher contacted the CPS to report that the family had just moved out of their apartment to temporary hotel facilities due to toxic mold. She states that the mother and daughter attending her class arrived late and visibly upset and very disruptive to the class.
The CPS files with the court to place Ms. Fishers children into protective custody, and forcibly send Ms. Fisher into a Sacramento county psychiatric facility (known as a 5150 admission) for psychiatric review for obsessional and delusional thoughts concerning toxic mold and the exposures of her children to it. Ms. Fishers children are placed into custody for the next two months and twenty-two days, and sent to live with their grandparents.
Ms. Fisher is detained in the hospital for a mandatory 72 hour period, subjected to a whole battery of mental testing, and subsequently released with her examining doctor stating in a report, In terms of her thoughts about the mold, there seems to be some appropriateness to it, as well as some anxiety around it simultaneously, but she does not appear to be overtly delusional
Ms. Fisher is released from the hospital as Stable. And thereafter is mandated to supervised visitation with her children, mainly over the telephone, in which no reference to molds is the restriction placed on her. (Note: Ms. Fisher has several tapes relating to these conversations and others reflecting her restrictions and how callous and rude she was treated during conversations with her children.)
In order to be reestablished an assume control of her children from the control of CPS, it is alleged that Ms. Fisher was forced to sign a Unified Services Plan with the following restrictions: (Which demonstrate clearly a complete violation of her civil rights.)
West Conshohocken, PA (PRWEB) September 24, 2009
The new Paratherm GLT heat transfer fluid is a thermally stable, economical and high-performance solution for operations with both high and low temperature processes. Formulated for closed-loop, liquid-phase heating systems to
Hackensack, NJ (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
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