The Difficulties of Adopting When LGBT+

Posted by on Sep 16, 2019 in Adoption | 0 comments

In recent years, the LGBT community has seen major growth in terms of its inclusion in mainstream society. This growth has lead to changes in the way certain insurance policies work with same-sex marriage. While same-sex adoption is becoming more and more possible each day, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Why it’s more difficult for same-sex couples to adopt

There are a lot of reasons why same-sex couples struggle to adopt a child together. One of the ways a parent can adopt a child is if their partner is the child’s biological parent. This makes it easier because the other parent can seek a second-parent adoption, a process that’s much different than if both parents were looking to adopt the child.

When one of the people in the marriage is already the child’s parent, it means that their relationship is secured. For the other parent, not so much. There’s a lot of paperwork involved when only one parent is adopting, and it can be a huge problem if the person looking to adopt is unsure of how to go about these filings.

The legalization of same-sex adoption

While same-sex adoption has been legal in all fifty states since the beginning of 2017, this doesn’t mean that LGBT people don’t face unique struggles. In the case of an open adoption, where the biological parents are looking to have a relationship with their child after they are adopted, a homophobic couple may not want a gay couple to adopt the child. While the LGBT couple has the right to adopt a child, they can still face discrimination when looking for a child.

The law that made same-sex adoption legal in all fifty states also only applies to adoption agencies that are federally-funded, meaning private adoption agencies have the right to refuse a couple based on their sexuality. This creates a problem for any couple who is looking to go the private route when starting their family.

In Texas, unmarried same-sex couples are allowed to go through a joint, same-sex adoption. This is the form of adoption in which neither parent has any biological relation to the child in question. However, only the lower courts in Texas have gone through allowing single-parent adoptions to occur.

What can I do to help the adoption process go smoother?

One of the best ways to ensure your chances of a simple, smooth adoption is to get in regular contact with a lawyer. BB Law Group, PLLC is a Texas law firm based in The Woodlands with years of expertise in same-sex adoption. As such, they’re more than comfortable navigating you through the adoption process.

If you feel like you need some help making sure your child’s adoption goes off without a hitch, I cannot stress the importance of a competent lawyer enough. Their combined years of knowledge and practice in this area will make sure that you have all the tools you need to start your new family off on a strong note.

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Dog Bites: What to Do

Posted by on Apr 21, 2019 in Dog Bites | 0 comments

I was at a park this weekend to enjoy the sun and play frisbee with my girlfriend. Natural for a sunny day, there were hundreds of dogs at the park enjoying the weather and playing catch with their owners. The dogs varied in size, breed, and tenacity! I love all dogs but it would be silly to say that all dogs are friendly to humans. At the very least, even the most friendly dog in the world can turn nasty under specific circumstances.

I was lucky to not experience or see any accidents involving a dog bite, nor have I ever been bitten by a dog any other time in my life, but I know that it is something that happens occasionally. What I didn’t know, however, was just how serious dog bites can get.

I turned to research this issue when I couldn’t stop thinking about the ferocity of some of the dogs at the park. The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee offer some really great insight into what can happen after a dog bites you in addition to some statistics on dog bite prevalence among different dog breeds.

The injuries associated with dog bites are pretty generally associated with the location or part of the body that a dog bites. For example, eye injuries would really only occur if the dog bites your face and the same goes for neck injuries. However, some injuries are pretty universal such as nerve damage, puncture wounds, and disfigurement.

The most concerning injury listed on The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee website, to me, was amputation. I can’t imagine how my view of puppies and dogs would change if I were to lose a foot, hand, leg, or arm to a dog bite.

Now, for sure, there are instances where my actions could potentially influence the dog bite. An example would be if I were to make the dog feel unsafe with my body language or rubbing on the dog in a way it didn’t like.

For me, however, the scariest part is that sometimes dogs can just flip a switch and go from completely friendly to connecting with their primitive canine instincts. Not knowing when it is safe or not is pretty terrifying to worrywart like myself.

From The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee website, it appears that pit bulls and Rottweilers are the most common type of dog to become involved in dog bite incidents. However, there are tons of dog breeds that bite humans and can cause injuries, so don’t become irrationally afraid of one type over another.

Instead, you should follow some of the advice I found online about how to prevent dog bites and dog bite injuries. First and foremost, exercise common sense and keep a distance from dogs that seem afraid or dangerous. Always ask your friends what you should know before petting their dogs. And especially be careful with the amount of interaction you allow between dogs and small children or babies. The intensity of injuries caused by a dog bite is far higher for populations as vulnerable as young kids.

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I have a condition

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Gastroenterology | 0 comments

It can be very weird to start saying something like “I have a condition.” But, I’m going to say it here. I have a condition.

I’ve actually had a condition for a long time, I just always assumed everyone had it. You hear about people having an upset stomach or heartburn, and you just assume what they’re experiencing is the awful pain and upset of a stomach with way too acid, like mine.

For years, I don’t know, perhaps always, I’ve had stomach problems, and I just assumed they were at most slightly worse than the average person. I was embarrassed by them, and I thought it was wrong to complain. I never really even mentioned it to my parents, other than maybe a rare moan when I was particularly tired or it was particularly flared up.

I might never have known it was an issue if I hadn’t spoken to my roommate. I’m at college right now, and in typical new roommate fashion, we got a little drunk and started talking about everything. And at some point, I mentioned my stomach.

“How bad is it?” she asked me. “Because I know someone who had something just like that.”

It turns out, as I said at the beginning, I have a condition. I finally went and saw my family doctor, who told me I need to see a gastroenterologist, which is the fancy word for a stomach doctor. She didn’t want to come down on one side of a diagnosis or another, but she did think it was something that could be fixed, assuming not too much damage had been done.

That last point was a little scary, but I am hopeful I’m young enough anything can be fixed at this point.

So, I have a condition. I don’t know exactly what it is yet, but I know it needs treatment. I’ve decided I want to start a blog discussing this because I want other people who maybe haven’t realized that their issues are actual issues to see how much better life can get when you go and actually have things look at.

I’m hoping over the course of these blogs to chart my own progress, from diagnosis to treatment to, I hope, cure, or at least some way to leave more comfortably long term.

I don’t really know anything yet, but I want to be bold and forward and honest about this because I think too many people are suffering quietly, whether it be from psychological issues, or addiction, or embarrassing conditions like mine.

So, check in here regularly, and I hope you’ll find something worth reading that will encourage you to come forward with your issues and get treatment or to encourage those who have issues to come forward. If we make it a priority to get checked up no matter what the complaint is, I think we could really improve a lot of people’s lives.

So say it with me: I have a condition, and that’s okay.

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Why Nursing Home Abuse is Worse Than You Think

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Nursing Home Abuse | 0 comments

The elderly may experience abuse in the nursing home. There are many reasons why that is just tragic. First, why would a nursing home encourage or tolerate a hostile environment? Second, why would a nursing staff, patient, visitor, or anybody else in the nursing home abuse an elderly? Third, why target a person who is likely unable to defend himself or herself, or tell his or her situation to an authority?

Nursing home abuse is just outright immoral. But it is good to know that, according to the website of Evans Moore, those who have been victims of nursing home abuse may take legal action against the responsible party.

But if the elder cannot tell his or her situation to another, how can one know that he or she has been experiencing abuse? It is important to know the different kinds of abuse that can be experienced in a nursing home, together with their signs, so you yourself can determine if your loved one is in a vile situation.

  • Physical Abuse – Receiving incidental force from another. Signs include abrasions, bruises, cuts, and other unexplained wounds
  • Sexual Abuse – Receiving unwanted sexual contact from another. Signs include anal or genital problems such as bleeding, infections, soreness, and sexually transmitted diseases
    • Emotional/Psychological Abuse – Receiving intimidating actions from another, usually with the intention to threaten or reduce self-worth. Signs include depression, lack of appetite, social withdrawal, and other sudden changes in attitude and mood

What makes these abusive behaviors even worse is that they can create ripple effects. The abuse doesn’t just end with physical wounds, because they are almost always accompanied by emotional and psychological reactions, such as post-traumatic stress disorders. These responses can be detrimental to their health, resulting into weight loss, worsening of medical conditions, and rising of new conditions.

These derogatory actions against the elderly are not going to stop soon. The website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. has mentioned that 36% of American nursing homes have violated elderly abuse laws, and that percentage may even be significantly higher because of the lack of reporting.

It is sad to think that a nursing home, a place where the elderly will get the treatment he or she deserves, is actually the place where he or she will experience mistreatment, resulting into unwarranted physical and mental harm.

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Prenuptial Agreement: Ensuring Individual Spouses Financial Security In or Out of Marriage

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

One very important and useful agreement marrying couples enter into nowadays is the prenuptial or premarital agreement, a contract which clearly suggests how a couples’ properties and assets will have to be distributed in the event of divorce, legal separation, dissolution or annulment of marriage or death. Though not intended to take away the romance in a marriage, a premarital agreement is, in fact, a very wise financial move as it will shield the divorcing couple’s financial future and not leave them suing one another for what one believes ought to be his or hers.

Though not originally an American practice, the need to enter into the agreement was introduced in 1848 through the Married Women’s Property Act. Before this Act was made a law, women who were married were recognized only as their respective husband’s extension; thus, at the moment of marriage, she would lose all her rights to possess, sell or transfer any property, earn income or receive educational training (unless permitted by her husband). If she would be allowed by her husband to work, then she will have to surrender whatever she will earn to her husband. All these were due to the legal rule called “coverture,” the law that required women, who enter into marriage to surrender her identity and rights to her husband. Due to this policy, any woman, even those who were wealthy, faced the chance of losing everything she owns to her husband.

The introduction of the prenuptial agreement allowed divorcing couples to justly take back what was rightfully theirs from the very start and divide whatever profit they earned within the marriage faster. Other great benefits the agreement offer couples include:

  • Protection of family inheritance;
  • Protection of their child’s/children’s financial security;
  • Security over business or personal assets made before entering into marriage;
  • Shorter and less expensive court settlements in case the marriage does not work

Prenuptial agreements will have to be discussed openly, honestly and candidly, though, so as not to create any feeling of mistrust. Both parties should understand its real aim too to make them appreciate it more.

Law firms explain much more clearly the importance and benefits of a premarital agreement, as well as the things to watch out for and avoid when drafting one. A premarital agreement is defined in the state of Texas as ‘an agreement between prospective spouses made in contemplation of marriage and to be effective on marriage.’ The agreement must pertain to property held before or gained after marriage, including income and earnings.

Premarital agreements are binding legal documents. They are typically enforceable without consideration, meaning the court will enforce the agreement even if there is nothing of value exchanged for one party. There are a few instances in which a premarital agreement can be nullified. Many of these cases involve the circumstances around the signing of the agreement. Some of the most common reasons for nullification include:

  • A party did not sign the agreement voluntarily
  • A party was not provided fair and reasonable disclosure before signing
  • A spouse did not have, or reasonably could not have, adequate knowledge of the property
  • A party did not voluntarily and expressly waive any right to disclosure of the property or financial obligations”

Due to all these, “It is imperative to have the strongest legal team conducting your premarital agreements to protect your best interests.”

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