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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU HAVE SUPERVISED CHILD VISITATION

If a court has ordered that your visitation time with your children be supervised, you likely know why that decision was made. Supervised visitation is most commonly ordered when there has been an issue with a parent's behavior (or alleged behavior) that concerns a judge.

Of course, if there's a history of domestic violence, a parent won't be allowed to be alone with their kids. However, problems with substance abuse can also warrant supervised visitation. So can allegations of neglect.

Whether you agree with the need for supervised visitation or not, it's essential to realize that a family court judge has ordered it for your children's well-being -- not to punish you. If your co-parent has made false accusations, you and your attorney need to fight them.

In the meantime, it's important to make the most of the time you get with your children. Use this time to strengthen your bond with them or -- if necessary -- rebuild your relationship.

It's essential to understand the terms of your supervised visitation and abide by them. Not doing so will only hurt your quest to gain greater access to your kids. That means knowing the schedule and sticking to it. Be at the appointed visitation spot on time and with activities planned for the kids. Don't ask for changes to the schedule unless it's absolutely necessary.

Sometimes, supervised visitations take place in a parent's home or that of a family member with another adult in attendance. Other times, they occur in a supervised visitation center where there may be multiple parents and children with social workers or other professionals monitoring them. Whichever the situation it is, know the rules and follow them.

What you and your kids do during your visits will depend on their ages and interests. You may want to bring games, books or craft projects to work on. Have an activity planned that you can finish during your allotted time, if possible. Be prepared for your kids to have their own plans. Maybe they'll bring something they want to do. Maybe they'd rather just talk. They may not feel like interacting.

Don't use this time to criticize your co-parent or question your kids about what's happening in their home. Focus on enjoying your time with them and strengthening your relationship. If you have questions or concerns about the terms of your supervised visitation, talk with your attorney.

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WHEN BULLYING BECOMES PHYSICAL ASSAULT IN NURSING HOMES

You might think that the worries of being the victim of a bully ended in high school. Unfortunately, some people remain bullies their entire lives. When they enter nursing homes and other senior living facilities in their sunset years, they can torment those who live in close quarters with them. Bullying, along with verbal, emotional, sexual and physical assaults among residents, is an unfortunate reality in too many of these elder care facilities.

Staff members can and should help new residents by partnering them with a current resident who can show them around and help them integrate into the community. When a couple of residents can't be in a common space without a dispute erupting, staff can split them up -- much like teachers do with kids.

Even normally well-behaved people can develop serious behavioral issues with age. Dementia can cause people to act out -- sometimes violently. So can certain medications. Sometimes, older people who have lost their independence and ability to control their lives lash out at others in sheer frustration and anger.

Physical assault, however, is a whole other matter. These facilities typically have clauses in their contracts that allow them to evict residents for repeated and/or serious bad behavior. They can potentially be held liable if one resident harms another -- particularly if they were aware of the resident's propensity for violence and didn't take reasonable precautions to protect others living and working in the facility.

No one should have to live out their final years in fear of being abused or assaulted. If you're concerned that a loved one is being harmed or even treated badly by other residents of their long term facility, don't try to intervene with a problematic resident or their family on your own. That could make the situation worse.

It's essential to talk to those in charge. Find out what steps they intend to take and follow up to make sure that they have. Encourage your loved one to let you know if the problem continues.

If a family member has suffered harm at the hands of another resident and you believe the facility hasn't taken the appropriate action, it may be wise to determine what legal options you have. You can find more information about residential care litigation on our website.

YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE ANYWHERE NEAR ADELE-LEVEL ASSETS TO BENEFIT FROM HAVING A PRENUP IN LOUISIANA

Fans of Adele's music may have many more of her lovelorn breakup ballads to look forward to -- but for a sad reason. The British music star and her husband are getting a divorce.

It hasn't been reported yet where the couple's divorce will take place. They own property in California, which, like Louisiana, is a community property state. It is being reported that the two do not have a prenuptial agreement. If the divorce takes place in California, Adele's husband, who's not a well-known figure, could be entitled to half of the millions his wife has earned since the two got married.

While it might seem inconceivable to some that a person of Adele's wealth and fame would wed without a prenup, she has been quoted as saying that money isn't "that important a part of my life." She's reportedly already given her husband property valued at over $600,000.

It often seems like just about every couple -- certainly every couple where at least one spouse has substantial assets -- puts a prenup in place before they tie the knot. However, only about 5% of couples have prenups. Many people believe that a request for a prenup indicates that they don't believe the marriage will last or that they don't trust their partner to be fair if it doesn't.

However, prenups can be a valuable legal tool to protect assets that a person has worked hard to earn or that have been handed down for generations. It can also make the divorce process go much more smoothly. In community property states, it can protect the spouse who has the far larger share of assets.

Of course, both spouses-to-be must agree to the terms of the prenup. Therefore, it's often in both of their best interests if the provisions are mutually fair. A prenup can be the basis for an important discussion about finances, goals and expectations prior to marriage.

You don't need to have anywhere near Adele-level assets to benefit from having a prenup in Louisiana. If you're planning to get married, it's wise to at least consider one. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance.

HOW SHOULD DIVORCED PARENTS HANDLE THEIR CHILD'S WEDDING COSTS?

Divorced parents never stop being moms and dads. Even after their children are grown and their child support and custody agreements are no longer applicable, parents may still feel that they have financial obligations to their children -- or at least want to help them pay for college or their first car or home.

Another big ticket item may be a wedding. If your child wants a large wedding, they may ask for your help. You and your co-parent likely didn't address this subject in any of your divorce documents. That means you'll need to have some communication now about helping out with wedding expenses.

This can be a challenge if your relationship is still less than amicable. However, it's essential to remember that this is about your child. Don't let your own issues keep them from having their dream wedding if you're able to help out.

Some divorced parents contribute an equal amount to the wedding expenses. If one parent has greater financial resources, they may contribute the larger amount. However, the parent who pays more shouldn't use that as an excuse to take control of the wedding -- from their child or their co-parent. Helping out with wedding expenses shouldn't be a power play.

Whatever you and your co-parent decide about how much you'll each contribute to the wedding (and perhaps honeymoon) expenses, let your child know so that they can plan accordingly. Don't let your continued battles add to the stress that your child is likely already feeling around their upcoming nuptials.

A child's upcoming marriage can be a difficult time for all parents -- including those who are still happily married. It's a significant milestone. Many parents see it as the beginning of their child's adulthood and the end of their dependence on them. It's best for everyone if divorced co-parents can be supportive of each other -- and of course, of their child.

THE SHOCKING COST OF A MISDIAGNOSIS

When a doctor makes a mistake and gives you a misdiagnosis, it can be incredibly costly for you. It's crucial that you know your rights.

Most people think of a misdiagnosis as the doctor not realizing how serious an issue is. They say you just have a headache because you are stressed out, for example, when you have a brain tumor. By the time someone else figures out it is a tumor, it has grown so much that they can't operate, and it costs you your life.

Sometimes, however, it can go the other direction. What if the doctor thinks it's more serious than it is?

For instance, one man went in for gastronomical issues and got a staggering diagnosis: He had cancer. It was in his small intestine. Doctors could treat it, but it was going to be very expensive. It would also cause him a lot of pain and discomfort.

The man was wealthy, so he decided to take on the discomfort and the cost, pouring money into the various treatment options to try to find a cure.

In the end, doctors realized he had never had cancer. He just had some gastric issues. It was simple and should not have cost much to treat. Understandably, that man decided to sue the medical professionals who put him through a stressful, painful, expensive experience that he never needed to endure.

As you can see, any type of misdiagnosis takes a serious toll on your life. Be sure you know what legal options you have when holding the appropriate medical professionals accountable for their errors.