We've just discovered that a sexual molester has moved in two doors down. Because he plea bargained the charges down to a lesser offense, the neighborhood did not have to be notified that he was moving in. I have a beautiful eleven-year-old daughter who loves to be outside. I'm scared to death for her safety, let alone that of any child who might come to visit. What are our legal options?
We believe the local high school coach has been verbally and mentally abusive to the athletes. He uses profane language, calls the athletes names such as "Fat Ass," and refers to the athletes' parents as "F*** Heads." He has also been observed striking one of the athletes on the arm during a game and then clasping his hands behind his back as he furtively looked into the bleachers. The community is outraged but the principal and the school district will not take action. What can we do?
I am nursing my four-month-old daughter, and I am concerned about breastfeeding in public places such as shopping malls, parks, or restaurants. Does the law require me to cover up when I breastfeed in public?
Having a child -- either by birth or by adoption -- can be one of the most exciting and meaningful things you do. At the same time, bringing a baby into your life can be stressful, especially in the ways it affects your work and your income. In fact, the financial and legal implications of child-rearing can seem overwhelming. But by taking some time now to become informed, you can save yourself worry and trouble later -- and begin to put all of the necessary plans in place.
If you are a new parent or expectant mother, you'll depend on your health insurance for everything from prenatal and maternity care to pediatric visits and immunizations for your baby. To avoid surprise medical bills during this wonderful time, it's important to learn the terms of your health insurance coverage right now. You'll also need to take steps to maintain your health insurance coverage if you lose or quit your job.
If you are having trouble balancing work with a new baby, you are not alone. Most new parents find their schedules and their energy overburdened by the competing needs of jobs and families. One of the best strategies for balancing work and family is to adjust your schedule -- you might consider working from home, working part time, or job sharing. Or perhaps you and your partner can both switch to part-time or flextime schedules so that one of you is always home to care for your child.
A Social Security number is the federal government's way of identifying your child. Your child will need a Social Security number in order for you to claim child-related tax breaks -- such as the dependent exemption and the child tax credit -- on your income taxes. You will also need the number to add your new baby to your health insurance plan, to set up a college savings plan or bank account for your child, or to apply for government benefits that could help your little one.
Shortly after birth, your baby will be tested for a number of genetic disorders and health problems. The precise testing that your baby will receive depends on the state in which you live and the facility where you deliver. If you deliver in a hospital, you don't have to do anything for your baby to receive the testing required by your state, but if you want more than the minimum that your state requires, you will have to do a little legwork.
New parents often find themselves overwhelmed by the expenses that come with a baby. From nursery furnishings to "onesies" to countless diapers, your little bundle of joy is going to cost you, well, a bundle. Fortunately, the federal government offers a number of tax breaks to offset the cost of raising a child. Here you'll learn about two tax breaks for which most parents qualify: the dependent exemption and the child tax credit.