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ADA: Examples of reasonable accommodations

The government has needed to pass laws to protect certain groups of employees at workplaces. The Americans with Disabilities Act became a law in 1990, and it prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities at work or during the hiring process. 

However, there are certain limitations within the law. For example, employers may not need to make accommodations if it would create an undue hardship on the business. A small company that does not make a lot of profit may not have a requirement by law to make physical changes to a building because it would cost the business too much money. Many factors play a role in this, such as the size of the company, but there are certain accommodations virtually every business can make without creating a hardship. 

Parental alienation harms children as well as parents

After your divorce, it is understandable for you and your ex-spouse to both harbor feelings of anger, resentment and sadness. If your ex tries to “get back” at you by turning your children against you, it could irreparably damage your relationship with them, as well as cause lasting psychological damage to your children. You and other Ohio parents should understand the devastating consequences of parental alienation.

According to Psychology Today, parental alienation occurs when one parent uses the children as pawns against the other one. Often, although not always, the custodial parent is the one to use these tactics. The following points can help you understand more about this unfortunately common behavior:

  • The alienating parent may make frequent comments to the children to discredit and blame the other parent for his or her parenting ability or things that went wrong during the marriage.
  • He or she may make false accusations to make the other parent look bad and him or her look like the better parent in comparison.
  • The parent using these emotional tactics is usually the least healthy, emotionally.
  • He or she may attempt to restrict the other parent’s time spent with the children.
  • The alienating parent often tells the children that his or her actions are meant to protect them from an abusive or unfit parent.

Questioning the limits of nondisclosure agreements

The Harvey Weinstein case has called into question the justice of nondisclosure agreements, which affect people not just in Hollywood, but in Ohio as well.

A recent Los Angeles Times article delved into the issue of excessive nondisclosure agreements (NDAs).

High stress jobs increase likelihood of divorce

A recent article offers fresh insight into a leading factor in divorce: the nature of the work we do.

New U.S Census data reveals that the career choice most likely to lead to divorce is front-line military supervisors - those who lead enlisted soldiers into war.

Minimizing the traumatic impact of divorce on children

Negotiating a divorce settlement usually involves dealing with delicate issues such as property division and spousal support, but even spouses in Ohio and around the country who become heated during these discussions are often able to look beyond their differences when the issues of child custody and visitation arrangements come up. Parents generally want their children to be happy and thrive, and this outcome becomes more likely when divorcing parents are able to tolerate minor failings and frustrations and accept that their former spouses are acting with the best of intentions.

A great deal of research has been conducted into the traumatic impact that a divorce can have on children, and most experts now agree that co-parenting child custody solutions should be pursued whenever possible. When both parents lay down similar rules and expectations are consistent, children know where they stand and are less likely to be manipulative or take sides.

The importance of avoiding divorce mistakes

More people in Ohio and throughout the country file for divorce in January than at other times of the year. Many people wait to file for divorce until after the holidays are over, but before they do, it is important for them to consider several things so that they can avoid some common mistakes.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, divorce filings increase by about 25 to 30 percent every year in January. People may file because of the emotional and financial stress that is involved with the holidays. They might want to wait to make certain that getting divorced is really what they want to do. It is also important for people to not file for divorce solely because they are angry. Instead, it is important for them to consider the reasons that they are thinking about divorcing and to make certain that the reasons are logical ones rather than emotional reactions.

New regulations on child support and incarceration

Unlike some other states, Ohio does not consider incarceration "voluntary unemployment" and deny inmates the right to file for a child support modification on those grounds. On Dec. 19, the Obama administration issued regulations that will require all states to allow this modification.

The regulations are part of the administration's overall prison reform efforts. One of the issues with not allowing prisoners to reduce their child support obligations is that the result is often not payment by but reincarceration of the parent due to child support debts. In 2010, the Obama administration found that federal inmates owed an average of almost $24,000 in child support payments. Of the 51,000 who had child support obligations, over half had fallen behind.

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