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Florida Family Law Attorney Says Divorced Parents Can Avoid Back-to-School Stress By Focusing on Child’s Success

Boynton Beach, FL (PRWEB) August 17, 2010

As children return to school in the coming weeks, it could end up testing relations between divorced parents, says south Florida family law attorney Brian M. Moskowitz.

Without communication and sharing of information about their child’s education, divorced parents can easily find themselves engaged in disputes over everything from which school the child attends to how much time the child devotes to homework each night, Moskowitz says.

“The key to avoiding those disputes is to focus on your child’s best interest,” says Moskowitz, whose law firm, the Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz, focuses solely on divorce and family law issues, including child custody (which is now known as timesharing).

“Divorced parents should take a step back and ask themselves, ‘How can we work together to ensure our child’s success in school?’” he says. “They might actually find that they agree on a lot of important matters. That can ease the strain in their relationship and, more importantly, help the child to thrive in school.”

Based on his experience in working with divorced parents, Moskowitz suggests that they address major issues concerning their child’s education in their parenting plan.

For example, the parenting plan can state whether the child will attend public or private school, and how the parents will share in the cost of their child’s tuition, tutoring or other educational needs. The plan can also set out a procedure that must be followed if either parent wants the child to transfer schools or undergo home-schooling.

“But there are limits to what you can address in the parenting plan, such as many of the day-to-day issues that parents of school-age children face,” Moskowitz says. “Those issues require parents to communicate with each other and really work together. They also need to make sure that information is flowing between both of them and the school.”

Moskowitz says that both parents should list their names and addresses on any important school forms and make sure that they both receive their child’s class schedules, report cards and test scores. He also suggests that both parents attend any parent-teacher conferences.

If the child has a project to work on during a scheduled timesharing (formerly known as visitation), the parent with the majority of timesharing should let the other parent know. Both parents should also keep school supplies at their home so as not to disrupt the child’s work.

In some cases, divorced parents can agree to adapt their timesharing arrangement in order to accommodate their child’s study or work on a school assignment.

“If you’re focusing on what the child needs, you may have to be flexible sometimes,” Moskowitz says. “However, any agreements to change parenting time should be in writing.”

In some cases, a parent refuses to consult the other parent in educational decisions or shuts out the other parent from information about a child’s academic progress. When that happens, Moskowitz believes the parent should consult with an attorney who understands these issues.

“Typically, divorced parents can agree on what it will take to promote their child’s future, and they will work together. When that happens, it can be a positive experience for everyone,” Moskowitz says. “But if that is not happening, then it clearly is not serving the child’s best interest, and a parent is entitled to take appropriate action.”

About The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz

With offices located in Boynton Beach (primary), Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, The Law Offices of Brian M. Moskowitz handle a variety of family law cases for clients throughout southern Florida, including Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Beach and Palm Beach County. The firm charges flat rates for many family law services and handles cases that include divorce, child custody, child support, mediation, modification, relocation, paternity and adoption. For more information, call the firm at (561) 369-4481 or use its online form.

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Natural Home Remedies for Hives

Hives are an itchy, scaly skin rash. They vary greatly in size, shape, and area of break out. They can be round with rings, or welt like in nature. One person suffering from hives might have a completely different looking rash from another person. The medical name for hives is urticaria and breakouts occur more commonly in women than men.

There is no known reason for someone to come down with hives. What is technically happening is your histamine levels are out of whack, for whatever reason, and that causes fluid to leak from blood vessels, which in turn causes the skin to swell. The irritation can disappear within a few hours only to reappear a few hours after that. Or you can have a flare up that will last twenty-four hours.

People who suffer from hive breakouts, understandably, want to know what is causing their breakouts. Often this is not an easy thing to discover. Changing soap, detergent, food intake, and so forth rarely do any good in stopping the breakouts and might not work as for remedies for hives.

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Co-Parenting: Making Joint Custody Work After Divorce

Divorce may have ended your marriage but the family still remains. That’s probably the best way to describe what happens with a divorce involving children. When parents divorce, the parenting responsibilities for each individual co-parent become even more challenging. Working together with an ex-spouse to make sure strong relationships remain between children and both parents can bring needed stability into the lives of the kids.

However amicable the divorce, putting your relationship problems aside for now and focusing on making a better life for the kids may be difficult. In spite of the many challenges or problems that may exist between you and your spouse, it is still possible to create a working relationship for the children’s sake. It’s going to take some effort on the part of both spouses. Here are some helpful tips to get you through some challenges you’re likely to face.

Improve the Relationship Between You and Your Ex

With the children’s best interests at heart, and having made the commitment to improve your relationship for their sakes, it’s time to start building a new relationship with your ex. Get things going off to a positive start by asking your ex-spouse’s opinion regarding something about which you have no strong feelings and ask for input. This will show that you value their input and provides a good start toward building a new relationship.

Also, if you need to apologize for anything, this would be the time to make that apology. Even if it happened a long time back in the past, make a sincere apology for it. Finally, don’t be a stickler on the small things. If an ex-spouse is a bit late in getting the kids back to you, cut them some slack and be gracious. If you remember that improving this new relationship with your ex-spouse is all about the kids, that will make it a bit easier to improve the relationship between the two of you.

Co-Parenting Works Best for the Children

You have to always remember that the key to successful co-parenting is to focus on who you’re doing all this for – your kids. No matter the relationship between you and your ex, your kids need to get the clear message that they are still your number one priority. Your children should feel their own welfare is more important than any problems or issues that caused you to divorce. Assure your children that your love for them will remain constant no matter what change is going on around them.

If your children are confident that both you and your ex love them, they are more likely to have higher levels of self-esteem and adjust more easily to the divorce. Make sure you and your ex are consistent in making rules, setting limits, how they are disciplined, what is expected of them as children, and what rewards can be expected for good behavior. If you and your ex can solve your relationship problems as divorced co-parents, then your children will see this and become more likely to handle their own conflicts with others in the future. The relationship with your ex should set the example for your kids.

The Marriage May Have Ended, but a Family Remains

As indicated earlier, even though you and your spouse are not married and together anymore, you are still responsible for being loving and consistent with your children. Keeping the relationship with your children as a top priority should give anyone enough motivation and persistence to work at creating a new, co-parent relationship with your ex-spouse. Just remember to make the children a priority and draw your strength to continue from knowing you both want the best for them.

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Create a successful parenting plan for children after divorce

10 Commandments of Co-Parenting

Parenting After Divorce

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Divorced Parent: Do You Alienate Your Child from the Other Parent?

I have seen some divorce parents consciously distance their children from the other parent? Such actions may only be justified when there is a genuine concern about the children’s emotional or physical safety when with the other parent. But in the absence of past domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, physical, sexual, or emotional child abuse, alienating children from the other parent will never bring any good.

Other parents may subconsciously alienate children from the other parent. But whether there is a deliberate move or not to alienate children from the other parent, the same thing will happen. Children will always suffer. Remember children generally fare best when they have the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents and parental alienation must be put to an end.

The good news is we can prevent the devastating effects of parental alienation. The key is to begin recognizing the symptoms of parental alienation. After reading the list below, don’t get discouraged when you notice that some of your own behaviors have been alienating. Instead, let the list help sensitize you to how you are behaving and what you are saying to your children.

  • Denying the existence of the other parent. This include actions like denying other parent photo’s within children’s room, avoiding conversations with other parent, ignoring the other parent in public and refusing visitation.
  • Criticizing the other parent. This include actions like speaking negatively about the other parent in front of the children, speaking negatively about the other parent’s family and friends, and comparing your children to the other parent in a negative way.
  • Placing your children in the middle. This include actions like using them as a messenger, having them act as spies, discussing adult issues in front of or with your children and arguing in front of the children.
  • Setting up the other parent to fail. This include actions like failing to inform the other parent of important events, laughing at or making jokes about the other parent, encourage children to disobey other parent and blaming the divorce on the other parent.
  • Resisting or refusing to cooperate by not allowing the other parent access to school or medical records and schedules of extracurricular activities.
  • Telling the child “everything” about the marital relationship or reasons for the divorce is alienating. The parent usually argues that they are “just wanting to be honest” with their children. This practice is destructive and painful for the child. The alienating parent’s motive is for the child to think less of the other parent.
  • Asking the child to choose one parent over another parent causes the child considerable distress. Typically, they do not want to reject a parent, but instead want to avoid the issue. The child, not the parent, should initiate any suggestion for change of residence.
  • Refusing to be flexible with the visitation schedule in order to respond to the child’s needs.
  • A parent suggesting or reacting with hurt or sadness to their child having a good time with the other parent will cause the child to withdraw and not communicate. They will frequently feel guilty or conflicted not knowing that it’s “okay” to have fun with their other parent.
  • When parents physically or psychologically rescue the children when there is no threat to their safety. This practice reinforces in the child’s mind the illusion of threat or danger, thereby reinforcing alienation.

Now that you have read the above list, don’t get discouraged when you notice that some of your own behaviors have been alienating. Just think and internalize that children generally fare best when they have the emotional support and ongoing involvement of both parents. Therefore, parental alienation must be put to end. Both parents have to work as co-parents.

If you are having difficulty parenting with your children’s other parent then make your move now. Remedy your situation by getting a free copy of my ebook “8 Essential Steps To Cooperative Parenting and Divorce.” Likewise, you can learn effective divorce parenting from my other ebook “101 Ways To Raise ‘Divorced’ Children to Successfully.” For more information, please visit my website.

With the above information, I hope you will become an empowered divorced parent and believe that you can raise healthy, happy and successful children even if you’re divorce.

Copyright by Ruben Francia. All Rights Reserved.

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Problems And Lack Of Progress

ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN

Potty training can be a fulfilling milestone both for you and your child. It signals his first real step to self-reliance. Yet it may also be quite a frustrating period for your child and also for you. For this reason it is important to prepare yourself by acknowledging the fact that accidents will occur throughout and after potty training.

Always bear in mind when accidents occur, there are several things you should do:

1. The least said the better.

2. Don’t create a fuss, get upset or get negative.

3. Try to be calm, casual and encouraging.

Loosing your cool during these instances will not result in anything positive for the potty training or your relationship with the child. The fastest way to make your boy resist the potty training is for it to be a source of undesirable feelings towards him. Getting angry or making a fuss about his mishaps will simply make him dislike the activity even more. Scolding him is only going to reduce his self-esteem and may cause loss of trust. Positive reinforcements work much better than negative comments. As difficult as it is not to blow your top during mishaps, it’s important not to scold or embarrass your child for doing so. It is best to just smile and continue to be supportive to the child. As they say “If you haven’t anything nice to say, safer to say nothing at all”.

Why mishaps happen?

Mishaps during potty training boys are very common and will even happen after several months of assumed success. It’s just like your child falling a few times off his bicycle despite the fact that he knows the way to ride it. Accidents can always happen. Yet if you notice a high or increased frequency of accidents, you might have to reflect on all areas of the potty training. Here are a few common reasons why the required results are not achieved:

Timing may not be right. Many parents schedule their potty training depending on age, which is normally between 18 months to 36 months. This is a broad age range and although it is fine in isolation, the best way to measure the readiness of the child has to be in conjunction with the main three factors, which are:

Physiological – The child’s body has to be developed sufficiently to be successful in potty training. His nerves and muscles must be ready for him to be able to regulate his toileting urges for a short period of time. Your child should also be physically ready sufficiently to be able to walk to and from the potty and yank his pants down and up.

Emotional – The interest has to come from the child himself. Otherwise, mastering potty training will just result in failure.

Communication – The child must be able to communicate good enough to signal his need to potty. This can be by means of simple words and phrases or actions.

Stress – “Good” stress (new baby, marriage in the family, moving to a new home etc) and bad stress (divorce, separation, bereavement in the family) leaves strong imprints in a child’s mind. It is advisable to delay potty training during these moments and wait until the family situation normalizes before carrying on with with potty training.

Parental Pressure – Children do not react well to negative pressures, in particular from their own parents. This can lead to resistance during the training.

Medical Reasons – If accidents start happening more frequently than usual or if the incidents happen more than a few months after successful training, it is advisable to see your doctor to make sure that there aren’t any medical problems.

Common medical related problems are;

Urinary Track Infection (UTI) – This is caused if the urine is held in for a period of time. Or bacteria from the bottom finds its way to the bladder. UTI can cause involuntary wetting and can be extremely painful.

Constipation – Is a condition wherein the bowel movement is very hard for the child. This can be very painful and can result in the child holding it even more to prevent the discomfort.

Urinary Incontinence – It is a condition in which there is lack of urinary control. This may be caused by physiological problems, anxiety, overactive bladder or sleep apnea. This is the frequent cause of medical related wetting the bed.

Fatigue – Excessive tiredness may cause the child to urinate in bed as it triggers the child to momentarily lose control of muscle control. This can be brought about by too much playing, sports activities or after a birthday party etc.

Excitement – Just like fatigue, excitement may lead to short-term loss of urinary control.

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Still a Pay Gap Between Men and Women

The White House recently released a report entitled Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being. This report basically confirmed all stereotypes of struggling women in today’s America. Now, I know from personal experience (there are more men than women in our large family) that men scoff at the idea that sexism is the last acceptable prejudice. I have actually been shouted down at the dinner table before. I think they don’t want to face another accusation of an “-ism” that would indicate they need to change. Men hate change you know.

Anyway, here is the upshot of the report:

1. “Most adults live in households headed by married couples; single-mother households are more common than single-father households.” While it’s good news that most households are headed by married couples (given America’s horrible, although improving, divorce rates) who here didn’t know there were more single mothers? Anyone? Anyone? I have a hard time getting my husband to watch the kids for an evening to go out with my sisters. Permanent solitary custody? No way my friend!

2. “Women are more likely than men to be in poverty.” Right. We don’t get paid as much!! That’s the whole point! We’re more likely to be raising the kids alone but less likely to be paid as well! Which leads me to my next point:

3. “Higher percentages of women than men participate in adult education.” Well, when you’re divorced and the sole provider for your kids, you need to be educated in order to get a j-o-b! “Homemaker for 11 years” cannot typically be counted as work experience, no matter how you dress it up! (yeah, “CEO of a small business,” I’m talking to you!)

4. “More women than men have earned a graduate education.” Again, this speaks to women feeling like they have to do twice as much, twice as well, in order to get decent pay and/or to get recognized.

5. “More women than men work part-time….” This is a no-brainer: men want the second income but they don’t want to increase their own household participation. Therefore, the compromise is that women work part-time in order to have enough time to continue to cook and clean and run errands. This goes hand in hand with number 6: “In families where both husband and wife are employed, employed wives spend more time on household activities than do employed husbands.” Told ya!

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The Importance of Homeostasis in the Human Body: Keeping us Alive

Homeostasis is maintained within the body by a complex series of organs and organ systems. Learn more about how they work together to keep our body functioning properly.

When equilibrium within the body is maintained, homeostasis is said to occur. The human body maintains a steady internal environment for the proper functioning of the body. Maintaining a constant internal environment requires the body to make many adjustments. Adjustments within the body are referred to as regulation of homeostasis. Homeostatic regulation is comprised of three parts: a receptor, a control center and an effector. The receptor functions by receiving information about any changes that are occurring in the environment while the control center processes that information and the effector executes the commands of the control center by making changes in response. All the organ systems of the body work together to maintain homeostasis within the body. Before we look at the various organ systems involved and how they work together to maintain a normal internal environment, we will look at the different aspects of the human body and how does the human body maintain homeostasis.

Various Factors in the Internal Environment

The constant monitoring and regulation of the internal environment is crucial for survival. Various factors that the body regulates help maintain homeostasis. We will briefly look at some of them:

1. Temperature: As warm-blooded creatures, humans constantly maintain a set temperature of their internal environment. Thermal Various organs and organ systems within the body regulate the body themrally. Liver and muscle contractions are primarily responsible for generating heat within the body. When the temperature of the body is greater than the surroundings, the skin loses heat. The body gains heat by radiation and conduction if the temperature of the body is lower than the surroundings. Evaporation is also a means of cooling down the body temperature and getting rid of excess heat. The brain also produces a lot of heat. The system of blood vessels comprising the head, allow the excess heat to escape and cool the head off.

2. Osmoregulation: Osmoregulation involves the regulation of osmotic pressure of bodily fluids. The body makes sure that the water content within the body does not become too diluted or too concentrated. Kidneys help by removing excess ions from the blood. This is then excreted as urine and affects the osmotic pressure.

3. Sugar: Sugar levels within the body are also regulated to maintain homeostasis. The pancreas secretes two hormones essential to regulating blood sugar levels. These are glucagon and insulin. A drop in sugar levels intiates the pancreas to release insulin causing glucose to be stored in the body cells as glycogen. As a result, blood sugar levels within the body are lowered. When the blood sugar levels reach a low, glucagon is released from the pancreas which causes the release of glycogen from the body cells which is then converted to glucose, raising blood sugar levels.

4. Calcium: Calcium regulation within the body occurs when calcium-sensing receptors get activated by low calcium levels. These receptors are located in the parathyroid gland. A release of PTH occurs by the parathyroid gland, which works by increasing blood calcium levels by release of calcium from bones.C cells located in the thyroid gland, release calcitonin, which helps lower calcium levels by absorption of calcium into the bones.

5. Balance of Fluids: The maintenance of homeostasis requires adequate balance of fluids within the body. This balance includes both the gain as well as loss of fluids. Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) and aldosterone are two major hormones that help maintain a fluid balance.

Organ Systems: Their Role in Maintaining Homeostasis

There are ten major organ systems in the human body. Each one plays a vital role in maintaining equilibrium within the body. All the systems work in tandem to maintain homeostasis. We will look at each one of these briefly and how they work together to maintain homeostasis:

1. Integumentary, Muscular and Skeletal Systems: The integumentary system is comprised of the skin, nails, hair and glands. The muscular system consists of skeletal muscle, smooth muscle and cardiac muscle. The skeletal system consists of all the bones, ligaments, connective tissue and tendons. The integumentary system’s main function is to protect the body from foreign infections and thermal regulation. The muscular system is involved in activities such as digestion, walking, running, breathing and picking up objects. The skeletal system involves proper posturing of the body and locomotion. The muscular and skeletal system work in tandem as the muscles are supported by a framework of the skeletal system. The integumentary system maintains the muscular system by helping the body to cool off as the skin dilates getting rid of excess heat. The three systems work together to maintain homeostasis.

2. Lymphatic and Digestive Systems: The lymphatic system, also known as the immune system, is responsible for protecting the body from foreign invasion. Lymph, lymph nodes, vessels, tonsils, thymus and the spleen all comprise the organs of the lymphatic system. The digestive system is responsible for the digestion and absorption of the nutrients from the food. This system comprises the mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines. Absorption of substances from the digestive system also occurs through the lymphatic system. Toxins are also absorbed by the lymphatic system from the digestive system. This is one of the ways in which these systems maintain homeostasis.

3. Endocrine System: The endocrine system secretes various hormones that affect the overall growth and development of the body. Metabolism is also one of the processes of the body which is regulated by the endocrine system. The release of hormones directly into the bloodstream is also regulated by the endocrine system. Various systems such as the nervous system, the circulatory system, the muscular system and all the other major systems of the body are regulated by the endocrine system. This helps achieve homeostasis.

4. Circulatory System: The circulatory system, also known as the cardiovascular system, is responsible for the circulation of blood throughout the body. Waste products are removed and the transportation of hormones and nutrients throughout the body also takes place through the circulatory system. Practically every other system in the body is reliant upon the circulatory system for supplying nutrients, oxygen and the removal of waste products. This system works in tandem with all the other systems to maintain homeostasis.

5. Respiratory System: The respiratory provides oxygen to the circulatory system and works in tandem with the circulatory system. It is also responsible for the removal of wastes from metabolic processes. The supply of oxygen and the removal of wastes generated by the respiration of cells, both help maintain homeostasis in the body.

6. Urinary System: This system is primarily responsible for getting rid of excess wastes in the body and regulating body fluids. Balance of electrolytes within the body is also maintained by the urinary system. The urinary system is also responsible for maintaining red blood cell count within the body and the optimum pH levels in the blood. All of these functions help maintain homeostasis within the body.

7. Nervous System: The nervous system is comprised of the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The hypothalamus within the brain is one of the key players in the human body in maintaining homeostasis. It affects the autonomic nervous system, responsible for controlling all the other organs in the body, and the pituitary gland, the ‘master gland’, that controls all the other glands in the body. The nervous system regulates all the other systems in the body in order to maintain homeostasis.

In Conclusion

We have briefly looked at how at how homeostasis within the body is maintained. The various organ systems and organs involved work together to constantly maintain a stable internal environment. The proper functioning of the body requires all systems to work together and in proper condition. Many diseases can affect the various organs and organ systems of the body. Homeostatic imbalance occurs when homeostasis within the body cannot be maintained and can lead to death. It is therefore essential to take care of the body and maintain it so as to keep all systems in good working condition.

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Relocation and Divorce: When You Can Force Your Spouse to Leave

There are some hard and fast rules when it comes to forcing your spouse to leave the marital home. Just because you are filing for divorce, you do not ultimately have the right to tell the other party they must move out even if it involves adultery. In fact, even in cases of physical or mental abuse there are certain procedures you must follow: you cannot just tell your spouse to leave if his or her name is on the lease or deed to the residence.

What happens when your spouse insists you must leave? Unless the residence is only in the name of your spouse, he or she cannot legally make you move. That doesn’t mean you retain your spot in the marital bed or bedroom, but you will still have a place to live. Quite often people think divorce is automatically grounds to make the other party to the divorce leave, but that is far from accurate. There are only certain circumstances under which you can make your spouse leave; legally speaking you can remain in the marital home even after the divorce except under those conditions.

• Your spouse cannot make you leave the marital home if both of your names are on the deed or lease. Certainly if you are listed only as an occupant on a lease this may be possible, but in some cases the spouse will need to prove he or she makes enough income without yours.

• If both names are on the lease or the deed but your spouse is physically abusive you can force him or her to leave if you file a police report. This will also require you to press charges and impose a PFA (Protection from Abuse) order against your spouse.

• If you discover (or have reason to believe) your spouse is physically or sexually abusing your children you can force him or her to leave. Under these conditions you can often enlist the services of the Family Services Unit where you live, and they will in turn file the necessary paperwork for you. However, you can avoid this step and file the paperwork yourself.

Relocation during divorce is a very painful step for both parties, but when your spouse attempts to force you to move, it can be even more painful and create an open environment of bitterness. Of course, when relocation during divorce is paramount to the safety of one spouse and/or the children this step becomes necessary. In some cases professional counselors will advise one of the parties to leave if there are arguments that may have a detrimental effect on the children. While this situation does not constitute legal grounds for removal of the spouse, if professionals feel the environment is unhealthy for the children, they have the right to intervene. In these cases the couple is usually provided the option of one of the parties leaving the house or the state taking custody of the children for their own safety and well being.

Christy Oconnor is a divorce lawyer specializing in custody and moving, getting divorced, effects of divorce, relocation and divorce, divorce application, divorce application, credit and divorce.

Higher risk of divorce for couples sharing housework: study

Couples who share housework duties run a higher risk of divorce than couples where the woman does most of the chores, a Norwegian study sure to get tongues wagging showed on Thursday.

The divorce rate among couples who shared housework equally was around 50 percent higher than among those where the woman did most of the work.

“The more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate,” Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study entitled “Equality in the Home”, told AFP.

Researchers found no, or very little, cause-and-effect. Rather, they saw in the correlation a sign of “modern” attitudes.

“Modern couples are just that, both in the way they divide up the chores and in their perception of marriage” as being less sacred, Hansen said, stressing it was all about values.

“In these modern couples, women also have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially. They can manage much easier if they divorce,” he said.

There were only some marginal aspects where researchers said there may be cause-and-effect.

“Maybe it’s sometimes seen as a good thing to have very clear roles with lots of clarity … where one person is not stepping on the other’s toes,” Hansen suggested.

“There could be less quarrels, since you can easily get into squabbles if both have the same roles and one has the feeling that the other is not pulling his or her own weight,” he added,

In Norway, which has long tradition of gender equality, childrearing is generally shared equally between mothers and fathers (in seven out of 10 couples), said Hansen, speaking notably from a park where he was minding his children.

But when it comes to housework, women in Norway still account for most of it in seven out of 10 couples.

The study also pointed out however that those women were largely satisfied with the situation, and their overall happiness was very close to those women who lived in “modern” couples.

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