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The Fur-Parent’s Guide to Caring for Your Dogs During and After a Lockdown

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The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly changed the fundamental ways we live our lives. Gone are the days where we can travel freely, have a night out with friends, or even visit the beach! Nowadays, staying at home is considered a norm, and you are only advised to go out for essential travels.

While the human world has been busy adjusting during the lockdown period – fur parents may have forgotten one important aspect – their pets are adjusting to the lockdown period just as much as humans are. Let’s take a look at how you can help your pets cope during the lockdown period.

Ways to Help Pets Cope During Quarantine

Change Their Routine

With everything happening in your life while you work from home, your pet’s usual routine may be disrupted. Consider your dog’s eating habits, exercise, toilet breaks, playtime, training, rest period, sleep, and even the times you hang out together!

If you feel that you are spending more time working while you are at home and seldom have time to play with your pet, train, or feed them, make sure you have a timetable so your pets can have a normal or routine in their lives. Remember, they are adjusting to the change as much as you are; and like you, they also need to have a structure to be productive and engaged.

Exercise

Being cooped up at home can lessen the hours of exercise your pets have for each day, resulting in your pets having excess energy levels. Worry not for there are tons of fun stuff that you can play with your pets even inside the house.

Some games would utilize their sense of smell and their brains to find items for you. This can hit two birds with one stone as you are helping train your dogs at the same time, making sure they have their daily workout sessions.

Sleep

Having more people around the house can negatively affect your pet’s sleep and rest time as the place’s energy stimulates them. Make sure that your pet has its corner where it can relax and sleep. Make the corner more comfortable for them by putting a comfy bed, blankets, and pillows to help them relax even during the day.

Ways to Help Pets Cope after Quarantine

After quarantine restrictions ease up, you will observe that you are spending more time outside, whether for work, errands, or leisure. While being indoors has done wonders in terms of your bond with your pets, they may be used to you and other people in the house.

When you go out for prolonged periods, the distance may come as a shock to your pets. Make sure that they can cope with this change with the following tips:

Gradual Training

If you know that you will be gone for a long time, make sure to train your dog in advance by leaving him in another part of the house first, and then gradually increasing the ‘training’ until they get used to you being out of the house again. Remember, even dogs can get separation anxiety.

Entertain Your Pets

Another way to make sure your dog does not feel bad when you are away is to entertain them! Buy them with a new chew toy or anything that will keep them entertained for a long time so they will not miss you as much when you go out.

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Web3 and Work: A Brave New World

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If you’ve been paying attention for the last century, then you know the internet is the single greatest changemaker of our times. Since the turn of the century, the world wide web has gone from a wild west of read-only information to a tightly structured hierarchy regulated and owned by business. While effective organization has benefitted all users, the jump from Web 1.0 to 2.0 cost us collective ownership of the online space. One of the ways Web 3.0 developers are fixing this issue is by actively contributing to open source projects. The spread and transformation of the internet has made the self-sovereign work revolution possible. 

Web and the future of work are synonymous. Not only are new digital roles seeing triple digit demand surges, but more people than ever are able to work for themselves, setting their own hours and retaining a greater portion of their revenues. By 2028, 90 million people may be self-employed. Even for those who are not, flexible schedules and remote work have become normalized thanks in large part to advances in digital technology. In 2021, 2 in 3 people considered quitting their jobs because they saw more flexible or remote opportunities.

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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?

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Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights?

If you have a child, you might wonder whether the grandparents of that child have legally sound visitation rights. Are grandparents legally entitled to visit their grandchildren?

The short answer is yes, but only in specific conditions – at least in most states.

Why It’s Important to Talk to a Lawyer

First, understand that this article is meant to provide some introductory information to the topic of grandparent visitation rights. If you are a grandparent seeking visitation rights for your grandchild, or if you’re a parent considering whether you’re legally obligated to allow the child’s grandparents to visit them, it’s important to talk to a family law lawyer.

Visitation rights are a somewhat complex legal topic, especially considering the fact that laws vary from state to state. Visitation rights in Florida aren’t the same as visitation rights in New York, and even within those states, it’s difficult for people without professional education and training to understand the full extent of the laws that apply to them. A family lawyer will help you sort these issues out and decide on your next best course of action.

Grandparent Visitation Rights

Grandparent visitation rights are a relatively recent legal development. A few decades ago, visitation rights only existed for parents, with no visitation rights extended to any other family member. However, these days, every state in the country has specific statutes in place to dictate visitation rights of many non-parents, including grandparents, foster parents, step parents, and other caregivers.

Most states have laws on the books that belong to one of two categories: restrictive visitation statutes and permissive visitation statutes. In states with restrictive visitation laws, grandparents are only allowed to seek visitation rights under certain conditions, like if the parents have divorced or if one or both parents have died. In states with permissive visitation laws, grandparents may be able to seek visitation rights even when both parents are alive and still together, assuming the visitation is in the best interest of the child.

Grandparent visitation rights have been explored by the Supreme court in the past. In Troxel v. Granville, grandparents of a child sought visitation rights after being restricted to visiting only once per month. According to FindLaw.com, “The U.S. Supreme Court decided that the application of the Washington statute violated Granville’s right as a parent to make decisions regarding the “care, custody, and control” of her children. The Court, though, did not make a finding on whether all non-parent visitation statutes violate the constitution; it restricted its decision to the Washington statute in question.”

In effect, this decision didn’t rule that visitation laws are unconstitutional; third party petitioners are still allowed to seek visitation rights in most states. However, parents of sound mind who are fit to raise children are generally given precedence in deciding what is best for their children.

When Is It Appropriate to Seek Grandparent Visitation Rights?

When would it be appropriate for a grandparent to seek visitation rights?

First, it’s important to understand that you may or may not be able to seek visitation rights depending on where you live and the current situation. It’s important to understand the laws in your state before taking any kind of action. A family lawyer can help you explore these laws and choose the best course of action for your circumstances.

Generally, in permissive states, grandparents can seek visitation rights under specific circumstances like:

  • Death and divorce. If one parent has died, or if the parents have separated, grandparents may have more leverage for seeking visitation rights. If both parents have died, extended family members typically have the opportunity to become caregivers for the children – though there are some legal hurdles to jump through in order to achieve this.
  • Dangerous situations. If a grandparent suspects that their grandchild is in a dangerous situation, they may also be granted visitation rights. This is usually a byproduct of a troubled household, and abusive parent, or parents who are struggling with mental health conditions.
  • Unhealthy situations. The grandchild doesn’t need to be in immediate danger for a grandparent to be granted visitation rights. If the grandchild is being raised in an unhealthy way that compromises the child’s best interests, a grandparent may similarly step in.

Also, if Child Protective Services (CPS) removes a child from the home, extended family members like grandparents may have the potential to become that child’s foster parents or guardians. Again, there are several steps to go through to achieve this.

The Bottom Line

In most areas throughout the country, parents are able to make decisions for their children without interference from outside parties, including the state. If you decide you don’t want your child to be visited by their grandparents, you have that right.

However, under certain circumstances and in certain locations, grandparents can pursue visitation rights.

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How to Register a Car in California: Tips for New Residents

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Making a major change in your life can be overwhelming. Moving to a new state and updating your personal and financial information is just part of the process. Things like updating your vehicle registration can seem daunting and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be, and these steps are vital if you ever need the aid of a Bay Area auto injury lawyer in the future.

It might seem complicated, especially when you have to pay fees, transfer titles, and do lots of paperwork. However, if you follow the steps and check them off as you go it becomes much less overwhelming.

Where Are You From?

Depending on if you are registering a vehicle from out-of-state or registering a vehicle from in-state, the steps you take will look different. New residents will have to take a few extra steps, while the process for current residents is a little simpler.

Registering a Vehicle as a New California Resident

As a new resident, the first thing you will need to do is go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to establish residency. When you go to register a vehicle, you will need this proof of residency as well as proof of car insurance. 

Once you’ve established your California residency, you can submit an application for the vehicle title registration. You will need to have proof of vehicle insurance coverage and the current out-of-state title and registration in order to do the transfer.

In California, a smog certification is also required. If your vehicle hasn’t had this test, there will be additional fees to see if your car passes. Vehicles that don’t pass the smog test will not qualify for registration until they pass the test, or you could be charged a penalty.

You will also have to pay the registration fees, which go up the longer you wait to register your vehicle past 20 days of establishing residency. If you buy a vehicle from a third-party and need to register the car, it must be done within 10 days of purchase.

Registering a Vehicle as a Current Resident of California

If you’re already a registered resident of California the process will be a bit easier for you, especially if you are purchasing the vehicle from a dealership. They should handle the paperwork for you and provide you with a temporary registration until the official one comes in.

If you are purchasing the car from a private party, you have 10 days to register the vehicle. When you buy a car from a private seller, be sure it comes with the owner’s manual, certifications, and has a current smog test in order to make the process easier.

Gather the vehicle title, vehicle registration number (VIN), mileage, smog certification, and the application for registration, as well as money for the fees and taxes on the transfer. If everything goes smoothly, the car is yours and is registered in the state of California by the Secretary of State Office. 

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