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Ships and boats can travel in US waters but the operators of these water vessels must be knowledgeable about admiralty law. Injuries, deaths and damaged cargo falls under the responsibility of both the captains as well as the ship owners.

Aviation Law

Because air space cannot be legally owned by any party, governments are required to regulate and monitor the activities of commercial and private plane owners in order to keep hazards to a minimum. Aviation laws are constantly changing so keeping up with them will help you to avoid causing air traffic related accidents.

Family Law

Children are especially at risk because they are often not able to speak for themselves in the court system. This is why Child Protective Services and other governmental agencies are used to evaluate the parents and guardians that have been accused of neglect and abuse.

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Family Law

Family law consists of any case that involves children or families as well as any type of allegation that would be harmful to a child. For instance, a divorcing couple may have their case heard in family court, which is a branch of civil court, however, if the court finds that a child has been harmed then a criminal investigation will follow. Most family court cases involve child support or custody disputes. The courts will hear cases filed by parents that allege that they would be better suited to provide care for the children in custody. Because a parent will need to prove that the other guardian is unfit in some way, social services or the criminal court system will be involved.

Child neglect charges can be lodged after a parent, teacher, caretaker, counselor or any other adult notices the signs of malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, extreme behavior or delayed development and reports it to law enforcement authorities. If child protective services finds that there is enough evidence to substantiate the claim a child may be placed in foster care or in the care of another family member until a court date can be set. Some parents are able to get their children back if they can show that they have a large number of changes that makes their home safe for children. In the event that a child is placed into foster care he or she will remain a ward of the state until reaching 18 years of age.

Both non-custodial and custodial parents can ask for a reduction in child support payments if they can prove that their income has been reduced. Likewise, custodial parents can file petitions for child support in family court. Parents that fail to pay child support may have their wages garnished and their income tax refunds seized. If the court finds that a parent is attempting to avoid making child support payments by deceptive means then the court will issue an arrest warrant.

Child custody disputes can last for many years, and the children themselves may be placed in the care of one or both parents until the case is settled. Judges may listen to the children in question and award custody to the preferred parent, but it is more likely that joint custody will be awarded. If a parent that has been denied custody can prove that the other parent is unfit, the case can be recalled or appealed.

16.10.2010. 05:57



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