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Mark Olberding

Squeaking by on $300,000

If the Washington Post hoped to give readers something to talk about, it couldn’t have done better than to publish a front-page piece on Sunday about a woman living in a tony New York suburb who’s squeaking by on $300,000 a year.

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Mark Olberding

Don’t trust a lie detector

As an article on the American Psychological Association website notes, psychologists pretty much agree there’s not much data to support the effectiveness of lie-detector tests to sort out truth from lies.

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Mark Olberding

You get one telephone call

Iowa Code Section 804.20 – Right to Consult an Attorney or Family Member Once you have been arrested or restrained by law enforcement, and brought to the police station or jail, you have the right to call either a family member or an attorney.

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Mark Olberding

Parents do not always have rights to children’s medical records

The Iowa Supreme Court’s decision in Harder v. Anderson, Arnold, Arnold, Dicket Jensen Gullickson and Sanger, L.L.P. , ruled that a parent, despite having joint legal custody of the child does not have an absolute right to obtain copies of their children’s medical, counseling, and therapy records.

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Mark Olberding

Child in need of Assistance (CINA) case procedure & time lines:

CINA (pronounced China) cases start with someone reporting a child is in trouble. Often times these allegations are due to an action or inaction of the parents or guardians. These reports are investigated by Child Protective Services. Many cases are opened after Law Enforcement has conducted a criminal investigation.

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Mark Olberding

Juvenile cases

There are two types of juvenile cases in the Iowa court system. CINA (Child in Need of Assistance) cases are opened when the State believes that a child requires state help, usually in the form of supervision from the Iowa Department of Human Services.

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Mark Olberding

Termination of Parental Rights in CINA cases

In Iowa, if a child three years old or younger has been in foster care for six months or more, the state may file a petition to terminate the parent’s parental rights. If a child is four years old or older, the state may seek a termination of parental rights after the child has been in foster care for 12 months or more.

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Mark Olberding

Adoption Scam

‘Horrifying,’ Mom Says Of Seeing Son’s Photo In Online Adoption Scam. Jenni Brennan of Abington, Mass., tells WCVB-TV in Boston that it was “horrifying” to see her son’s photo being used in an online adoption scam.

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