Law, Order, and Politics:
The Working of the United States
When the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested four Arab immigrants for bombing New York’s World Trade Center, the FBI agents acted in the name of their parent organization, the United States Justice Department.
When government antitrust lawyers filed suit against AT&T charging that America’s most powerful monopoly was illegally retarding the development of a revolutionary new age in communications, they did so in the name of the United States Justice Department.
When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) forcibly abducted deposed dictator Manuel Noriega from Panama to face federal drug trafficking charges in Florida after his capture by U.S. military units, the DEA agents acted under the name of their parent organization, the United States Justice Department.
When four hundred deputy U.S. marshals confronted a violent mob of Mississippians in an ultimately successful effort to carry out the court-ordered admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi, they did so as an arm of the United States Justice Department.
When the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) rounded up scores of illegal Chinese aliens after their freighter went aground on a beach near New York City, the INS agents acted in the name of their parent organization, the United States Justice Department.
When the solicitor general of the United States, in an appearance before the United States Supreme Court, argued that the nation’s Constitution required congressional districts of substantially equal population, he did so as a senior official in the United States Justice Department.
When Al Capone was incarcerated in Alcatraz Prison, America’s most notorious gangster experienced life in one of the toughest environments in the United States. The escape-proof prison, located on an island in San Francisco Bay, was operated by the Bureau of Prisons, an arm of the United States Justice Department.
When the nation became obsessed with communism immediately after World War II, the principal operator of the government’s massive and freewheeling effort to discharge allegedly disloyal federal employees was the Untied States Justice Department.
When evidence emerged suggesting that the Defense Department’s nuclear weapons facility near Denver was violating the nation’s environmental laws, the U.S. attorney for Colorado became the lead player in directing the federal investigation of the corporation that managed the facility.
Thus, in an amazingly helter-skelter way, the Justice Department and its component parts—the solicitor general, the ninety-three U.S. attorneys, the FBI, the antitrust division, the DEA, the INS, the U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Prisons—have become a significant force in almost every aspect of American life, directly and indirectly influencing the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we learn, the way we govern ourselves and even the way we play.
The broad impact of the Justice Department is not perceived or understood for several reasons. A powerful contrary notion—the idea that the department is just a small bunch of good guy cops going after a lot of bad guy criminals—has been fostered by a compliant media which for many years has lived off staged events, official press releases and the not-for-attribution whispers of ambitious prosecutors. A videotape sequence of agents smashing down the front door of a major cocaine dealer is the lifeblood of television, almost as addictive as the drug itself. A carefully leaked story that the FBI is investigating eight members of Congress for corruption makes the front pages of three major New York and Philadelphia newspapers on the very same day.
The unquenchable thirst for good visuals, hot scoops and a simple story line means the media frequently miss or ignore the quiet but momentous events that often occupy the Justice Department. Of course the reporters and television cameras were present in Little Rock, Arkansas, when the 101st Airborne Division arrived to enforce the federal court order integrating the schools. But the long series of intense White House meetings between Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr., and President Dwight D. Eisenhower that led up to Ike’s historic decision were largely ignored. Nor did reporters pay a great deal of attention when Stuart M. Gerson, an assistant attorney general in the Bush administration, filed a forty-seven-page memorandum opposing the request that the federal court require the president to obtain a declaration of war from Congress before he ordered American troops to attack Iraqi forces in Kuwait.
The pervasive ignorance about the Justice Department’s underlying powers and day-to-day operations, however, cannot be blamed only on the media. Frequently, information about momentous actions and decisions of the Justice Department never sees the light of day because of the agency’s strenuous and effective efforts to keep secret the darker aspects of its business.
On August 3, 1948, for example, apparently without informing anyone outside of the Justice Department and only a very few within, Attorney General J. Howard McGrath and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover agreed upon a plan by which President Harry Truman could suspend many of the key safeguards of the Constitution. Under the top-secret agreement, code-named “Security Portfolio,” the bureau was authorized, in the event of an ill-defined emergency, to summarily arrest up to 20,000 persons and place them in national security detention camps. A watch list of those who would be detained—along with detailed information about what they looked like, where they lived and their place of employment—was developed by the FBI. The decision as to who was place don the watch list was left to the FBI and included many whose only crime was to openly criticize some aspect of American life. The McGrath-Hoover detention plan did not require the FBI to obtain individual arrest warrants and it would have denied detainees the right to appeal their arrest in federal court.
Two years later, Congress approved the Internal Security Act of 1950, one section of which officially authorized an emergency detention program. The new legislation, however, presented the attorney general and FBI director with a problem. Because the program authorized by Congress did not suspend the Constitution—detainees, for example, could appeal their incarceration in federal court—it placed the department’s secret detention program, which offered no such right, in violation of the law.
This incongruity worried Hoover, a canny bureaucrat who almost always sought and obtained higher approval for his questionable activities. For two years, while the FBI continued to secretly establish the detention camps and work out detailed seizure plans for thousands of individuals, Hoover kept badgering President Truman’s attorney general for private relief. His request: McGrath’s official permission for the FBI to ignore the 1950 law and carry on with the more ferocious 1948 program.
On November 25, 1952, the attorney general, a heavy-drinking former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, caved in to Hoover. “Pursuant to the questions which you have raised in the latter memorandum, I wish to assure you that it is the Department’s intention in the event of an emergency to proceed under the program as outlined in the Department’s Portfolio invoking the standards now used,” McGrath wrote in a brief note.
This remarkable letter, in which the nation’s senior law enforcement official formally advised the nation’s top cop to go on breaking the law, remained secret for more than twenty years.
A second example of the Justice Department’s considerable skill at hiding some of its important business from the public occurred about ten years later. At some point in the second half of 1961, Attorney General Robert E. Kennedy was told that, in the last years of the Eisenhower administration, the CIA had hired Sam Giancana, a senior member of the Mafia, to engage in certain “clandestine efforts,” sometimes referred to as “dirty business,” against Fidel Castro.
The subsequent Senate investigation into the Giancana affair, and several other American attempts to assassinate world leaders, found evidence that Kennedy, after being informed that the CIA had hired an organized crime boss to assassinate Castro, had complained about the agency’s failure to consult him about the arrangement but did not seem to question its basic propriety. In addition, the committee was unable to find evidence that either Kennedy or Hoover, after learning about the plot, “ever inquired into the nature of the CIA operation” with Giancana, or that the attorney general instructed the CIA not to engage in assassination plots in the future. Considering Kennedy’s intense public commitment to the federal government’s all-out attack on organized crime, the attorney general’s apparent lack of curiosity about the CIA-Giancana connection was surprising, perhaps even suggestive. The 1974 Senate investigation, however, further discovered that, between May 1961 and May 1962, Robert Kennedy attended a series of White House meetings that did in fact lead to the development of another “contingency plan in connection with the possible removal of Castro from the Cuban scene.”
After an extensive investigation of the meetings, the Senate committee said the records it had obtained did not make clear precisely how the officials who took part in these secret sessions were using the word “removal.” From the context, however, the committee decided that the assassination of the Cuban leader may well have been the objective.
This conclusion is consistent with the committee’s finding that several more efforts to assassinate Castro did in fact go forward during the Kennedy years. By a bizarre coincidence, for example, one of the last U.S. attempts to assassinate the Cuban leader occurred at about midday on November 22, 1963—the same hour and day that John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas. During this particular effort against Castro, which was never consummated, a CIA officer gave a Cuban agent a CIA-designed poison-pen device that was to be used to murder the Cuban leader. Attorney General Kennedy’s extensive, but finally murky, involvement in clandestine efforts to get rid of Castro remained secret for more than a decade.
On November 21, 1986, Attorney General Edwin Meese ordered a secret “inquiry” into the Reagan administration’s sale of arms to Iran, which had just been revealed by a Lebanese newspaper. Three years later, during a related criminal trial, Meese acknowledged that, as a personal friend and political adviser to the president, the initial purpose of his 1986 probe was to head off a political firestorm that “could very well cause the possible toppling of the President himself.”
“And your focus was really not the focus of an attorney general wearing the attorney general’s hat but it was basically to try to gather information to protect the President as best you could and deal with this enormous political problem brewing in Congress, correct?” Meese was asked.
“Yes,” he replied.
To achieve the narrow goal of protecting his boss from an impeachment investigation by the House of Representatives, the chief law enforcement officer of the United States acted in a most unprofessional way. Instead of selecting seasoned criminal investigators or experts in the legal aspects of covert operations to make his emergency inquiry of the arms sales, Meese chose a small number of personal staff members and political appointees. In picking the members of this team, Meese rejected the formal request of the assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s Criminal Division that the FBI be brought into the investigation.
Meese also failed to immediately seal important files of the National Security Council (NSC) when his special team arrived at the White House. According to one critical analysis, this failure meant that many of the central documents in the case were altered or destroyed, “almost guaranteeing that we will never know the complete truth about what transpired.” Further undermining the credibility of the investigation, the critics said, was the fact that Meese’s team disregarded “standard investigative procedures such as taking notes in key interviews.”
By the time the disturbing defects of Meese’s secret little “inquiry” became know, important parts of the record had disappeared and the Reagan administration, close to the end of its second term, was no longer in danger of disintegrating.
The power of the attorney general and the United States Justice Department to influence the lives of individual Americans and the course of American history in both open and secret ways is clear. This book is the story of the misuse of that power. It describes situations when—through political calculation, malice, incompetence or neglect—the official agents of this increasingly powerful institution have done harm.
One of the mysteries of modern life is why—while the people working within large organizations often try to do good—the systems they serve often do not. The answer to this apparent conundrum may be more obvious than it seems. Most individuals have an internal moral compass, an ethical guidance system that imposes on them responsibilities and obligations to family, friends and neighbors. By definition, however, large organizations do not have such a compass and seem to demand a blind loyalty that frequently works to subvert the idealism of their employees. As the world continues to create larger, more powerful and less accountable organizations, the task of nurturing the humanity of those who work for dominant organizations like the Justice Department may be one of the most difficult challenges of our age.
However, it is equally obvious that over the years, thousands of principled men and women have sought to exercise the powers of the Justice Department in idealistic and constructive ways to deter or incapacitate society’s outlaws. Ruthless criminals have been sent to prison. Dangerous spies have been uncovered. Exploitative corporations have been forced to live by society’s laws and regulations. Organized efforts designed to deny black Americans their right to vote have been dismantled. It is thus easy to identify countless individual examples in which the Justice Department has met, and even exceeded, the expectations of the American people. That story is an important one that any objective critic must affirm. This book examines the darker side.
© David Burnham
It will always be better for couples to live apart from in-laws, or relatives. It will always be better not to have their home among or with them. To live as husband and wife without meddlers and influences is like living without restrictions from unwanted people. It is like living spontaneously and peacefully.
Of course, everybody needs somebody. On occasion. But couples do not necessarily need to live with in-laws and relatives to make a successful marriage.
In abnormal situations though, couples have to live with the disadvantages of living among or with them. The task is never ever easy.
Some in-laws eye a wife’s or a husband’s every move. They fault-find and she or he is a prey, often nitpicked because she or he is a stranger in the house or among the group. Often an object of ridicule, the poor wife or husband, tries to win in-laws’ approval or acceptance to no avail. The stranger is left with disappointments that often lead to anger.
There are in-laws, too, who compete for the attention and approval of elders. They work out scheming ways so that their siblings’ wives or husbands, together with their siblings, will be despised by the elders or the parents. Incomprehensible tactics perhaps for others but there are reasons, and one of them is the prized heirloom of the family, or the big favors that can be obtained in the future.
You will be surprised that there are in-laws who will not allow anybody, especially the wives or husbands of their children, or siblings, to outdo, or to overtake them, with the favors awarded (even as simple as food rations), or with the carrying out of responsibilities. They calculate, and they should not be left behind, or overridden. They do not care if others are left behind, or overridden but not them, or else it will be like waging war to them.
A lot of in-laws are cold and unsympathetic, too, because of envy, insecurities, and frustrations. They see something in a son’s wife or a daughter’s husband or a sibling’s wife or husband that is lacking from them. Their incapacity to obtain a valuable possession, for example, leads them to envy and hatred. This therefore results to unwarranted criticisms and character assassinations. Poisonous mouths can kill and so they persist with their relentless attacks.
If you want to know deeper why they are envious and insecure beings, try to background-check. You will discover the many reasons: from their own lives’ frustrations to the many personality deficiencies, from want of attention to avarice of getting everybody’s attention or the prominent figure’s attention, and from simply wanting to compete to dangerously wanting to get rid of anybody in the way.
I know for a fact that not all in-laws are insufferable, cold, and vile. There are always exemptions. And to those who are blessed to live with adorable in-laws, hold them dear to your heart.
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If you are going through a divorce then you can contact Colorado Family Law Attorney who can make things a little convenient for you. Divorce or legal separation is a difficult phase in anyone’s life and the legal battle can be gruesome. Consulting and hiring the right attorney can however make the proceedings a little convenient and can decrease your burden. The right attorney can help you to avoid the court trial and can provide with good legal service to you.
The Colorado’s family law covers different problems like laws related to marriage, children, parental rights, termination of marriage and other related issues. So if you are battling with any of these issues then you may be dealing with emotional and financial turbulence as well. It can rip you off of your confidence, self estimate and can be time taking. So in order to avoid this you should look for a Denver Family Law Attorney who can help you to sort the legal issues and understands the emotional challenge that you may be facing. He would help you emotionally and would also understand how you feel.
Apart from dealing with divorce, you may also have issues related to child custody. Your spouse may become revengeful and can make the proceeding more difficult for you to handle. In this case a well experienced lawyer would be able to assist you and may also be come up with options like out of court settlement. He would help you to come up with a settlement which is good for your child’s future. Hiring the right Colorado Family Law Attorney may help you to get rid of the negative feelings and can provide you with a much amicable and healthy decision.
Apart from divorce and child custody, family law also covers other segments like alimony, child support, declaration of invalidity, legal separation, adoption, domestic violence and other areas. You can contact the practicing lawyers who can provide you with the right consultation so that you can file the case and understand everything related to the proceedings.
New decisions and practices are being introduced everyday and because of this, new laws are also being introduced. Hiring a practicing and experienced Denver Family Law Attorney is therefore important as he would be able to deal with your case efficiently. You can contact a law firm like Clawson & Clawson, LLP who deal in family law and have a good team of lawyers with them.
Some of the good law firms provide the clients with free consultation service which makes it convenient for them to first judge the lawyer. It allows them to understand how the lawyer would proceed and what kind of services may be expected from him.
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What’s a family law attorney and why are they necessary? It’s even additional crucial you’re familiar with these consultants of family law since it appears robust families are changing into less and fewer in our modern day.
Here is a reality that’s unfortunate however all to often becomes reality in 2010. When a mother and father gets a divorce and therefore the family is divided the prices go means up. When all home expenses are shared by the man and woman the burden of making a living is also shared.
Once a divorce everybody’s customary of living is lowered due to the very fact that 2 separate households, versus one, should be maintained. The state courts are then given the duty, sadly, of dividing the resources that used to support one extended family into two parts.
Its sometimes impossible to do this equally as a result of many things the couple owned along can’t be merely cut in half. For example a home can’t be sawed in [*fr1] thus enabling each former spouse to get a [*fr1] of it. This especially is true when there are youngsters involved. The wants and expenses of the kids involved changes from each passing year. The costs involved in raising elementary aged youngsters are abundant not up to the prices in raising teenagers.
Additionally to that downside the circumstances of the adults concerned changes. The income of the person ordered to pay kid support or alimony, be it the father or mother, can drastically go up or down as time goes on.
And we haven’t even touched the difficulty of child custody together with outlining visitation rights. With the divorce rate as high as it is in 2010 it will not take a genius to surprise why family law courts are continually packed and system is overloaded. It is not possible to navigate all the courts, red tape, and legal documents with the help of an skilled who deals with those things for a living.
Hopefully you understand the rationale why a family law attorney at law is critical when handling these sticky situations. These types of attorneys specialize in the sphere of law that deals with all family connected issues and relations of the domestic nature. These fields embrace anything having to try and do with wedding, civil unions, domestic partnerships, abuse, legitimacy, adoption, divorce, wedding annulment, alimony, and child support payments.
The better they’re acquainted with every subject the better they are at winning the case (though really no one ever wins when it comes to those types of cases). Many family law attorneys focus on a distinct segment somewhere among this big field that gets bigger every year. One family law attorney will doubtless be more adept at marriage contracts than divorce proceedings. Another one would possibly be wonderful at property division whereas another attorney in the same general field can excel in nullity.
Relying on your needs it is a sensible idea to ask a prospective family law attorney what she or he focuses on and judge if that space of experience is what you require.
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Family law is the term given to the law practice area covered by a family attorney. The issues these lawyers mostly deal with involve legal relationships between and among spouses, children, and domestic partners. The lawyer who specializes in family laws need to have knowledge regarding a range of issues, right from child custody problems, visiting rights of a parent, domestic violence cases, divorce cases, issues involving juveniles, property rights, support obligations, foreign relatives to adoption rights. However, family law can vary from state to state.
In family law, the lawyers come across a number of different situations. In property division cases for example, the common understanding is court divides the property equally but, if you are in Texas, courts there believe in the “just and right” attitude. They weigh both the party’s situation and rights and then they give away the final decision.
Sometimes if there is an involvement of children, the property might be divided unequally. If the case at hand us about divorce, Texas courts would first resolve the issue on properties, child custody and support. This does not take a very long time, however, as these are done all at the same time. In lawyer speak, this is what they call as “no bifurcation”.
There are many ways by which you can get in touch with a Texas family lawyer, the most common of which is online. There are a number of online directories that could give you contact details of family lawyers in your area. You can also ask for referrals from your family and friends.
When looking for a lawyer, you have to take into consideration several issues, one of which is the area of expertise of the lawyer.
Check whether the lawyer you have in mind has a solid background in the area of your problem. Keep in mind that family lawyers can indulge in different types of cases. Do not be ashamed to ask them how long they have been practicing family law, and if he or she has handled a case similar to yours as well as what the outcome was. Check also what strategy they have in mind for your case. It is also advisable that you discuss financial matters with him or her before getting their services. This would include the mode of payment, hourly rates, and miscellaneous expenses (telephone calls, faxes, photocopies, etc.). That way, you have time to prepare yourself financially. Some lawyers would also allow you to negotiate directly with your spouse while some would even suggest that you undergo a marriage counselling first. You should also note where you could get in touch with them in cases of emergency.
Family life is unquestionably the primary priority, but it might get tough to address things at times. For all the decisive phases in life, one may need to induce facilitate from a family law attorney. Milwaukee WI incorporates a strong law system which ensures a fair call in case of a dispute in the family.
A dispute that demands legal attention ought to be handled with skilled care. Our personal lives include issues like wedding, domestic partnerships, adoption, surrogacy, legitimacy, divorce, spousal abuse and child custody. Such issues need to be under legal records.
Family law system is simply as numerous as a family will be. The family law system of Milwaukee WI offers attorneys for a selection of family issues, like
1. Marriages – Marriage is kind of a huge issue and has several varieties of legal occurrences, relying upon the situations. The foremost basic legal demand for the establishment of a marital bond is that a person desires to be of 18 years or above. Parents’ consent is mandatory. A divorcee will marry only after six months of his/her divorce below a family law attorney. Milwaukee WI law system does not consider 2 individuals married unless they have a legal marriage certificate and a politician ceremony.
2. Divorces – This is often a standard family issue nowadays and will be quite difficult to handle. Along with the emotional turmoil, it conjointly brings along the ruefulness of picking the custody of the wards, if any. Divorces bring along the partition of lifestyles and conjointly legal properties. These can be tactfully handled by a professional family law attorney. Milwaukee WI has the provisions of undergoing divorces in two ways that – ancient and collaborative. While the ancient manner suggests that the regular courtroom affair, the collaborative means involves a harmonious means to unravel such harsh matters.
3. Kid custody – This issue crops up when you opt to half ways in which together with your spouse. Matters get troublesome when you have a child. Getting hold of the kid custody can be cumbersome if your partner earns additional than you. Wisconsin law system provides priority to the interest of the child. This in turn depends on several factors such as the age, gender, health, education and this living pattern of the child, the fogeys’ lifestyle, and also the manner the kid reacts to the amendment in the status quo of his/her parents.
Family lawsuits usually deal with these sorts of cases. As they need professional help; it’s forever advisable to consult a skilled attorney for your case. Forever bear in mind, your case is distinctive and it can have its own complications that can solely be handled by a correct family law attorney. Milwaukee WI voters will approach the Fjfattorneys.com for their difficult family-related cases.
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The dissolution of marriage may well result to the troublesome job of splitting up the materials possessions the couple have acquired in the course of the course of their spousal relationship. The close of this kind of partnership may well also elevate questions on what happens to the youngsters, and who will take care of them. The concluding stages are most likely to wind up with both functions looking forward to sessions in mediation centres and courts of family law. Sydney, thankfully, has quite a few legal professionals which can assist consumers proceed through this kind of affairs.
You will find a lot of law firms in Down Under and it is painless to get a family and divorce lawyer. Sydney and the rest of Australia have roughly not one but two legal eagles per 1,000 people. The country stands seventh in the world in terms of the highest number of divorce professionals. Finding a great one that specialises exclusively on Family Law Act of 1975 is actually difficult.
The rise in divorce rate and quite a few societal adjustments has modified the practice of family law. Individuals who are having separation are selecting to visit boutique firms as opposed to these conventional law organizations that are pricey. These more compact offices can actually supply better services in relation to home settlement, children’s issues, divorce, de facto issues, kid support, paternity issues, spousal maintenance, setting aside court orders, and consent orders and binding financial agreements.
Actually, these firms are professionals within the Family Law Act of 1975, the legislation that targets on parenting issues. Their alot more modern strategy also allows in dealing with the adjustments to the legislation concerning youngsters. The adjustments in 2006-particularly when custody, residence, entry, and contact will no longer apply-have also changed the concentrate in the court into determining whether or not the presumption of equivalent shared parental accountability applies, exactly where the youngsters will stay and what time will the youngsters devote with their parents. These concerns concerning youngsters, exactly where boutique firms specialise, will always be decided with the most effective interests of the youngsters because the paramount concern.
There, boutique legal firms that practice practically exclusively in the area of family law have professional accreditation. Many offices can easily remedy any issue, and assist you to deal with any difficulty relating to family law. They are able to work with a client to obtain an arranged settlement wherever possible. In addition they have certified collaborative lcourt practitioners who can assist in pretty distinct method of dispute resolution. Which means, they’ll litigate if a negotiated settlement isn’t possible.
With this kind of specialisation and determination to this distinct area of the law, the knowledge of boutique firms may be considered better than the conventional services offered by large firms. Moreover, the workers of the former are often alot more welcoming, valuable, insightful, and empathetic, which are pretty valuable to people suffering from a challenging time.
This sort of firms have an understanding that getting a family lawyer is alot more than just providing advice on divorce. Lawyers in Sydney boutique firms could make clients really feel that they have somebody who’s truly on their side by letting them know exactly where they stand. Even more than just providing legal advice, boutique law firms actually inspire the client by providing knowledge and information to guide clients make the right choice.
Inquire now about this kind of firms that specialise on family law. Sydney has quite a few boutique firms which can give advice whether or not the agreement you have with your partner is actually a honest and equitable one.
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Family law is the area of law that governs legal relationships between family members such as husbands, wives, parents, children, and domestic partners. Your family law attorney can help you resolve legal issues dealing with:
Adoption Child custody Child support Divorce Visitation rights Domestic violence Juvenile dependency and delinquency Division of marital property Spousal support Paternity Prenuptial agreements Child abuse
Family law falls under the umbrella of state law. Therefore, the resolution of these issues will vary from state to state. It is important to work with a family law attorney who understands the specifics of the family law statutes in your particular state.
Divorce is one of the most common legal issues handled by a family law attorney. While a divorce may be one of the most traumatic and stressful times in your life, a good family law attorney can help you navigate through the divorce process in a way that helps you more easily begin to move on with your life.
While it is important for your divorce attorney to always have your best interests in mind, it is also important that he advocate for your children. When young children are involved in a divorce proceeding, it is important to consider their interests as well. This will benefit all parties in the long run, and help make your children’s transition into divorced life much smoother.
Child custody and child support can be some of the most sensitive and acrimonious aspects of a divorce. Quite often, both parents want to spend as much time as possible with the children. A good divorce attorney can help you and your estranged spouse strike a balance so that both parents can spend meaningful time with the children in a way that accommodates everyone’s scheduling needs.
In many states, child support is determined based on the income of the non-custodial parent. In other words, the non-custodial parent will be required to pay the custodial parent a percentage of his or her income based on the number of dependent children that need support. Your divorce attorney should be able to calculate this figure for you.
If you are unable to have children, a family law attorney may be able to help you experience the joys of parenthood through adoption. Adoption laws are highly complex, so it is important to work with an attorney who thoroughly understands these laws and regulations. Some attorneys only handle adoptions of children born in the United States, while others will also do international adoptions. It is important to check with your attorney to find out how he can best help through the adoption process.
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Napoleon Hill’s writings only talked about a part of the Law of Success.
Everything he says is true, however it’s not the whole story.
To understand how the law worked for the ultra successful men in his book, we have to look at why the law worked for them.
It worked because they applied the missing First Law, which is use high value information. The men he worked with would not settle for OK information, they expected complete and precise information to base their decisions on. If they were going to succeed, they knew they had to fully understand what they were dealing with and what they had to do to take advantage of it. Henry Ford knew his limitations and hired a team of experts to keep him informed.
If they had to develop new abilities, they learned exactly what they were and how to proceed. They became precise and thorough in every aspect of their lives. They could assess a person and situation instantly and respond appropriately. Think of Donald Trump. They developed an instinct for finding the information that could help them. Their information environment wasn’t handed to them, they had to figure it out. The process of Intending-to-figure-it-out developed within them the Ability to find and use the information they needed to be successful.
They rearranged and changed their lives by assimilating the information of being successful. They surrounded themselves with information about being wealthy, they felt wealthy, they associated with wealthy people and all things wealthy. They became wealthy.
Napoleon Hill mentioned using Knowledge accumulated by others to develop power. He also briefly described how we are affected by the people we are around and the environment we live in. He didn’t go far enough in understanding and explaining the importance of our information environment. He assumed that his book was all the information that anyone needed. That wasn’t correct. How to evaluate good information from bad, how to find good information, how to use good information to define your goals clearly and how to develop a view that activates the other laws of success all fall within the realm of the First Law- Information. Without the First Law, we don’t have a clear idea of what we want and have no hope of changing anything.
Napoleon Hill’s work originated from observation. He watched extremely successful people and recorded their understanding of how they succeeded. He was a great observer. He could define principles from key points. He asked very concrete questions and got very practical answers. What he didn’t write about was what knowledge they had. To be more precise, he didn’t examine what information these men had been exposed to and used on a daily basis. Information is what everyone builds their world-view on. The type and quality of the information is what conveys the picture of the reality we live in. The quality of the information used by those men was very different from the information of the average person. Even if they didn’t come from a rich family, they saw the importance of learning how rich people thought, acted and conducted business. Understanding how information works and how to transform it into knowledge is critical in applying the Law of Success.
The great men in Hill’s book created magnetism in their lives, which attracted what they needed.
These men, in essence, performed magic and totally transformed themselves.
Information is the First Law of Success. Use impeccable information as your foundation.
Then you can turn that information into knowledge and apply the Total Law of Success to transform your world into what you deeply desire.