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What Is an IME, and Do I Need One?

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You’ve been injured at work and have spent a lot of time working toward getting better. You’ve attended all doctor and therapy appointments, you’ve had surgery or other procedures, and you’ve taken things easy while you recuperate. Now your employer’s insurance company is saying you need to have an IME before your case can proceed, and before you can continue to receive your workers’ compensation benefits. What is an IME, and do you really need to have one done? What Is an IME? An IME – independent medical examination – is part of workers’ compensation cases where the insurance company…

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I Suspect a Child Isn’t Mine. What Should I Do?

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No matter how hard you try to fight them, the doubts are still there. You aren’t sure that a child presented to you as yours actually is yours. Of course you’re confused, upset, and hurt, wondering whether or not this child you’re caring for is your blood. What should you do now? First, Get a Lawyer If you even have an inkling that a child isn’t yours, whether or not the child has been born yet, speak with an attorney. An attorney can help guide you through the steps you need to take to determine paternity and go through any…

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5 Family Law Issues All Same-Sex Couples Should Know About

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While the widespread legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015 was a huge step forward for many couples, there are still a variety of unique challenges that same-sex couples face. They may be able to get married and start families, but many couples still face an uphill battle against generations of institutionalized prejudice. Because of this, here are 5 family law issues all same-sex couples should be aware of: Adoption For many same-sex couples, adoption is the route they choose to round out their family. Unfortunately, the options open to same-sex couples are far more limited than those available to heterosexual…

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What Should I Do If I’m Injured at Work?

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No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. And if you work in an already potentially dangerous profession, you’re more at risk to experience an accident on the job. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace illnesses and injuries in 2018, many of those requiring at least one day off work. Whether it’s the result of a fall, a slip, or being hit by something, here’s what you should do if you’re injured at work: Get Treatment First and foremost, seek medical attention for your injuries or illness.  This may mean a visit to…

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My Ex & I Can’t Agree on Our Kids’ Extracurriculars. What Are My Options?

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Kids and extracurricular activities go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s dance lessons, a sports team, or chess club, kids of all ages express themselves and refine their talents through extracurricular activities. When you’re separated from your child’s other parent, extracurricular decisions can take on a new level of meaning. Maybe you and your ex don’t agree that your child should join that club, or the cost seems too high. Perhaps one of you is worried that the scheduling demands will be a burden. Whatever the reasons, battling it out with your ex over what sports, clubs, and activities your child should pursue…

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4 Tips for Surviving Wedding Season if You’re Newly Divorced

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Wedding season can be rough for anyone, but if you’re newly divorced, it can be full of potential emotional land mines. What if someone who doesn’t know asks where your ex is? Will you be able to sit and smile about someone else’s happy new marriage after how wrong yours went? Fear not!  Thanks to the many newly divorced people who have weathered wedding season before you, here are 4 tips for making it through largely unscathed: Choose Invites Carefully You aren’t obligated to attend every wedding to which you’re invited. If you feel that a wedding may pose a…

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6 Tips for Coping when Your Ex Has a New Partner

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You knew this day would come, but you didn’t realize it would be so soon: Your ex has a new partner. Whether you’re prepared or not, it can be jarring to see your ex dating someone else.  You may be working through a mixture of emotions, and worried you’ll say or do the wrong thing. Here are 6 tips for coping when your ex has a new partner: Don’t Be Afraid of Your Emotions – in the Right Situations It’s never easy to see the person you used to love with someone else, even if you really wanted out. You…

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I Want to Modify My Parenting Plan. What Do I Need to Know?

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When a parenting plan is drawn up, the parents aim to handle as many possible situations and needs as they can.  Visitation, child support, schooling, religion, medical decisions, vacations, and extracurricular activities all are addressed in an effort to minimize conflicts between parties and provide a stable, secure environment for the children. However, parenting plans cannot possibly address all the needs of a child or an adult, and they can’t always predict things such as job changes, loss of salary, or extraordinary medical needs. If you think you may need or want to change your parenting plan, for whatever reason,…

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I Want to Move to a New State. What Can I Expect for My Custody Agreement?

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No matter how long ago, or how recently, your child custody agreement was finalized, life changes.  And because you couldn’t have predicted the future when your agreement was being drawn up, it doesn’t account for the fact that you now want to move to another state.  Before you pack your bags and go apartment-hunting, there are some things you need to understand about what your relocation means for your current custody situation: If You Are the Non-Custodial Parent Moving as the non-custodial parent can be fairly easy. You tell your ex you’re moving and, depending on how old your children…

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9 Financial Tasks to Take Care of After Your Divorce

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Your divorce brings about all sorts of life changes: You are suddenly single, you’re spending less time with your kids, and you may have had to get a whole new place to live.  Divorce is an incredibly uncertain, tumultuous time. It can also be a financially taxing time. Protect yourself from the avoidable financial fallout of your divorce by taking some time to plan carefully and make necessary changes to your finances after your divorce. Here are the 9 most crucial tasks to tackle: Cancel or Suspend Joint Accounts If you were married for any length of time, chances are…

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