Jul 14, 2017

 Kids And The Law; What You Need To Know!

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Whilst children may seem like they are still just our little babies, they are people too! This means they are entitled to certain rights, and also entitle you to certain rights to help in your care for them. It may seem boring talking about the “legal” side of having children, but it’s important to know just incase something is to ever happen!


Child Benefit

When you have children, you can apply for the Child Care and Development fund. $5.2 billion is put into this fund every year and anyone can apply for it! Whilst it does not give families a huge amount of money as it is designed to help low-income families, everyone can still benefit from it and it is recommended that you take advantage of this because every bit of money helps! You can apply for the fund from the government's benefits website. The amount of money that you receive is calculated by income, so it varies from household to household but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply! Everyone in the United States that has children is entitled to it, so don’t forget to do this.

Youths And The Law

We all know that sometimes kids get themselves into illegal situations, but what is the line between Juvenile punishment and Adult punishment? Well, if a child breaks the law between the ages of 10 and 17, they are liable to go to a Juvenile Detention Hall instead of going to prison. However, this age range varies among states, so this must be checked for your state! If you want to see some of the facts regarding Juvenile Detention Halls, read this paper.  The difference here is important because Juvenile sentences tend to be less harsh than adult court sentences. Even though this is quite a serious topic, it is always worth knowing just in case the worst should happen.

Child Custody

Not all cases of parenthood are the same, some are fraught with uncertainty and battles which can make life very difficult for the parents and the child. Often times, if a couple splits up and they have a child, they must go to court to see who gets custody of the child. This can give way to a very lengthy legal battle, and it can be hard knowing where to get help. You’ll need a child custody attorney to help you with this. Attorneys represent you if you cannot represent yourself, and considering the complexity of child custody cases, you’ll definitely need one! It’s almost impossible to represent yourself in a child custody unless you’re an attorney yourself, so it’s a very wise idea to hire one in the event that a child custody case happens.

Some of the topics covered here are quite serious ones, but so is looking after kids! It’s never an easy ride bringing children up, but who said it wasn’t worth it? This gets especially difficult during their teenage years; everyone remembers how much of a pain they were when they were going through it, if you’re struggling to get through to your teen read this for some ideas on how to help.