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Brain Injury / 18.11.2016

German researchers believe they are closing in on a surgical intervention which can permanently restore damaged cells in Traumatic Brain Injury victims. Scientists have long suspected that such restoration can only come about by transplanting neurons into the brain, but since neurons are so highly specialized and have such strong attachments to each other, progress has been slow because the transplantation is difficult to achieve. Recently, however, German scientists transplanted embryonic neurons into brain-damaged rats, and within a month, the animals were fully responsive and the new connections seemed to be developing normally. Sunil Gandhi of the University of California called the findings “very exciting for its potential for cell-based repair for brains.”...

Car Accidents / 17.10.2016

Regardless of the underlying cause, ships sink, trains wreck, and planes crash, so why do cars have accidents? Several advocacy groups want to change that mentality regarding car accidents. Amy Cohen, a co-founder of the New York-based Families for Safe Streets organization, points out that “accident” implies that the incident was completely unforeseeable and unavoidable. As any attorney who deals with these cases knows, they are rarely if ever "accidents." Perhaps more disturbingly, according to Transportation Alternatives, the “accident” label often means that no one investigates the root causes or spends money to design safer streets. But for several reasons...

Property Division / 12.09.2016

Most states are equitable-division jurisdictions, which means that family law judges equitably divide marital property, and “equitable” may not be the same thing as “equal.” But California is a community property state, so the judge divides most marital property on an equal basis, since the spouses are presumed to be equal owners. Sometimes, property division in a marriage dissolution is relatively straightforward, but in nearly all cases, it is quite complicated and affected by a number of factors. If you are going through a divorce or separation, speak to an attorney in your jurisdiction for assistance....

Child Custody / 08.07.2016

In 1965, American family law judges only granted divorces based on cruel treatment, adultery, or other marital fault, and most fathers had almost no contact with their children after the divorce. Fifteen years later, California led the way with the no-fault divorce law and joint custody law. Marriage dissolution laws have changed a lot in the last fifty years, but the underlying issues are still largely the same, because mothers, fathers, and children all need emotional and financial security after ending the marriage. An assertive divorce attorney will uphold your legal and financial rights, while ensuring that your family has the security it needs.
Child Custody and Child Visitation
By the time most divorce petitions are filed, the parents are separated. In fact, as a rule of thumb, most parents have been separated for at least several months. That fact is important, because the judge...