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Pat Brown

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  1. I have never had a divorce but I know more people than I should who have gone through it and in most cases, it comes down to just marrying the wrong people. If you marry the right person, even when things get tough you can work it out. I feel like you really need to consider marrying a friend vs a "lover". The sex and lust wears out after a while and if you have nothing left, when/if kids come into the picture, it just gets all the more messy.
  2. I always hear about these statistics and I have to wonder if they are true. I would imagine it would depend on the age as well as the income level both parents are under. I know for my cousins who's parents split up when they were just toddlers, they ended up doing okay. Neither of them ended up on drugs or anything like that. Though their father is a millionaire so I think this factored in. He essentially helped their mom out by letting her have the house and buying her things she needed.
  3. I think there have been a number of times throughout my life I have but not since my younger years. I kind of know what I like and I am happy doing what I enjoy so I seldom try new things. Maybe this is a bad thing? I don't know. As long as I am happy, I think that is what is important.
  4. I know a lot of people who spend way more than you would expect on health insurance and others who seem to have full coverage for next to nothing. I personally get my insurance through my job and pay $190 a month for pretty good coverage. I know people who spend double that for much less.
  5. Basic minimum of care should be free to most people which is the result of something happening that is outside of someone's control. If you break something in an accident for example, you should not have to pay to get basic treatment for it. They should also offer payment plans with lower costs for those who need special treatment and can't afford to pay out of pocket for it or have no insurance to cover it.
  6. In theory, this sounds like a fantastic motive to keep people living healthier lives without forcing a hand in it but will that many people take advantage of something like this? I don't think they would. It would likely end up being viewed as a discrimination issue as well because those who make more can afford to eat healthier foods.
  7. I believe this should be dependent on the age of the child. A child who is too young will see favors from one parent and think they will be better off (more spoiled) with one over the other which can cause the child to end up getting neglected. Custody should be shared if possible.
  8. You can file for a divorce without a lawyer but you really need to consider what is involved. I would not go through the process if you have children under the age of 16 without a lawyer because things can get messy for the kids.
  9. I believe this is the case, yes. The court favors the mother in most cases, even in cases where there is parental neglect. I never liked this though because I think plenty of fathers would do a much better job as single parenting than some mothers can. I think this kind of thinking is almost sexist in a way and very outdated.
  10. I was lucky enough to not have to go through this but growing up, I had friends who had and it is hard to watch them struggle with things. My one friend who's parents divorced when we were about 13 years old, he blamed himself for a good 5 years. It wasn't until he moved out and got away from that environment did he realize it wasn't him.
  11. I was going to mention something similar. I really like the layout and the focus on this network. It is a nice refresh from the mess that most social media sites have become. I too would like to see more areas where things about health and fitness can be discussed. Maybe an area for relationships/parenting as well
  12. A friend of mine who works at a hospital (desk work) mentioned this to me. He said that they should set up a system where people get rewarded for making healthier life choices by having a reduction in their insurance and their general healthcare services. So like if a person doesn't smoke, they get a discount. If a person doesn't eat fast food or only eats it a few times a month, they get a discount. Maybe they don't drink so there is another discount for that. Other things that can qualify include working in safe environments, exercising regularly, and buying healthier foods. You can show pro
  13. I am always looking for inspiration and ideas for my writing. I think I spend a lot of time being stuck with ideas and never actually getting things out of my head. I would love to find that inspiration to keep going or to try to find something new out there that could work for me. When you are stuck in the motions of day-to-day life, what inspires you to do something new?
  14. Some 16-year-olds are working, driving, and fully able to care for themselves. Do you think if a 16-year-old chooses not to live with either parent, the court should grant them to be free from both in terms of care, custody, and responsibility?
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