Two Crazy Alimony Stories

The other day, I was doing a little research on alimony obligations. For those that don’t know what those are, this article provides a clear dominion. As the article explains, alimony consists of payments made by one spouse to help the receiving spouse’s income and to help the receiving spouse adjust to a new level of income following a divorce. Alimony is often a part of divorce agreements where one spouse was financially dependent on the other. Often, alimony obligations stop after the receiving spouse remarries. The article also explains that there are three types of alimony issued: temporary alimony, permanent alimony, and modifying alimony. With this backdrop of knowledge, let me tell you about these crazy stories I read.

The first story involved a male attorney, let’s call him Husband, that spent 34 days in jail because he wouldn’t make alimony payments to Wife. He went to court in an attempt to change his alimony obligations and to recover damages for his time spent in jail. Part of his argument was that Wife was involved in a relationship with another lawyer, let’s call him Boyfriend. Not only was Boyfriend Wife’s divorce lawyer, but he was also Husband’s legal partner at a firm. In court, Husband said that Boyfriend was giving Wife money and that these payments meant that Husband’s alimony obligations to Wife should be reduced. Boyfriend denied the existence of these payments. Wife and Boyfriend said that Husband had the money to pay alimony, so it was not a smart move for him to not make these payments and end up in jail. A jury found that Boyfriend was not making payments to Wife, but it did award Husband some damages. What a wild story!

The second story involves a permanent alimony agreement. When Husband and Wife finalized their divorce, the alimony obligation part of that agreement provided that Husband would pay Wife $9,750 per year with an increase in increments to as high as $19,500 per year. As part of the agreement, this alimony payment was to be permanent.

A year later, things got better, and Husband and Wife remarried. However, this marriage, like their first, ended in divorce. This agreement resulted in an alimony obligation of $10,000 per year for fifteen years. This fifteen year period was to coincide with Husband’s estimated year of retirement. Interestingly, after this divorce, Husband began making a lot of money. Wife went to court to modify the alimony agreement. The new agreement converted the fifteen-year term to a permanent term and increased the amount to be paid each year. Ultimately, a higher court said that the term change from fifteen-years to permanent and the change in amount were both improper.

These two cases are some extreme example that illustrates how unusual alimony can be. Though the above-mentioned article defines alimony in simple terms, sometimes the application of weird circumstances to this simple definition can be tricky.

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An Unpaid Employee Needing Advice

Hey, Internet. I’m looking for some advice. I’ve got a bit of a problem with my employer, and that problem is leading to quite a crisis in my life overall.

Let’s start with my employer. I’ve been working for him (I won’t say who, I don’t want to get sued), for about five weeks now, and I still haven’t seen a paycheck. The reason, or maybe the confusion?, is because I’ve been hired as an independent contractor instead of an hourly employee. Basically, I do normal hourly employee things like dealing with the cash register and the customers, but I’ve also been hired on to do some work around the place since I’m pretty handy. My boss said it was better for everyone if I was listed as an independent contractor so that extra work could be added into my paycheck.

But while everyone else is getting paid every two weeks, I haven’t seen a penny yet. My employer claims this is because I’m an independent contractor and he bills that out monthly instead of bi-weekly. Fine, but it’s now been more than a month. His excuse? He says that the first paycheck will come after the second month because I didn’t begin on the first last month. He claims this is normal practice, but I’ve never heard anything about it.

So, whatever, I should quit, but the problem is bigger than that. First, I want the money for those six weeks. I worked hard, and I worked overtime, and I want that money because it’s mine. More importantly, though, I need the money for rent.

I’ve been a very good tenant at my current apartment except for once or twice over the past couple years, but I’ve now missed the rent twice and my landlord is pretty upset about it. He says I have to pay up next week or he’ll evict me. I’ve tried to explain my work situation, but he either doesn’t believe me or doesn’t care.

This is so frustrating, and I just don’t know what I should do next. Should I contact a lawyer? The unpaid overtime claims attorney websites I’ve browsed so far suggest they could help, but I don’t have the money for a lawyer because I don’t have the money for rent because my boss won’t pay me. I think some lawyers work for free until I get paid, but I don’t know how to search for that either.

So, if anyone out there has any suggestions, let me know. Maybe I can just threaten my boss and say I have a lawyer? But what if he calls my bluff? Or what if he just fires me? Anyone have any ideas how to deal with him or my landlord?

Please post a response soon. I don’t have a lot of time to look into this, obviously, and I’d really rather not be homeless next week.

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Truck Accidents

Trucking accidents come from either error in driving or mechanical failures. Some of the most common accidents include:

  • Jackknife
  • Underride
  • No-zone
  • Oversize load

Jackknifing happens when the trailer of the truck pushes up past the tractor, leaving the vehicle in a “jackknife” position on the road, posing danger to other driver’s; usually the result of improper braking because of slick roads or high speeds. An underride accident happens when another vehicle crashes into the trailer, often from lack of visibility. In order to avoid this, truckers will place reflective tape on their trucks for late night driving.

The no-zones are the four blind-spot areas of the truck where other drivers should avoid, such as directly behind the rear, directly in front of the bed, from the side-view mirror up to the front of the trailer, and from the side-view mirror down the trailer of the truck. In oversized loads, the excess weight makes it more difficult to stop or slow in time in case of an emergency. This can lead to damage to the vehicle itself and may cause a combination of any of the other accidents.

After any of these dangerous accidents happen, it is important to contact experienced lawyers for legal help, as the driver may be entitled to some compensation if a judge or jury finds the trucker negligent. The Texas 18-wheeler accident lawyers at Williams Kherkher have several years of experience in truck accident cases.

The driver may be eligible for compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages from time off work, or property damage on their own vehicle. The most important thing to focus on after a tragic accident is a healthy recovery, so calling a lawyer to help with all the rest is highly recommended.

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Spousal Rape: Even Spouses cannot Force Themselves on One Another

For centuries until 1979, it was believed that man could never be held guilty of raping his own wife. This was because common law interpreted marriage as an expression of implied permanent consent which can never be retracted.

The change in belief was due to two different cases: one of these involved a bartender in Salem, Mass., who broke into the house that he used to share with his estranged wife and then forced himself on her. The man was charged with marital rape since the incident involved invasion and sexual abuse while in the middle of a divorce. This case is said to have been the precedent of so many other spousal rape convictions during the 1980s and the 1990s; it is also the major reason why today, spouses are no longer excluded in state criminal codes’ definition of “rape,” why spousal rape is declared illegal in every state in the U.S., and why saying “no” to one’s husband is no longer an accepted ground for divorce.

In a website with the address,, it is said that married individuals may be charged with spousal rape if they engage in sexual penetration that is unlawful because it is alleged that the defendant was armed with a weapon, caused serious bodily harm, or the couple has been separated and at least one partner has filed for either divorce or separate maintenance. A charge of spousal rape can be elevated to aggravated sexual assault if the defendant was particularly vile, cruel, or otherwise inhumane and either caused serious bodily harm or was armed with a weapon.

Simply being accused of a crime can change your life. The penalties of a conviction can haunt you for years after you’ve served your sentence and may affect what kinds of jobs you’re able to obtain and even where you’re allowed to live. However, it’s important to remember that an accusation is just that: an accusation. You still have a real chance to defend your rights and protect your future from the challenges that would come with a conviction. You still have a real chance to defend your rights and protect your future from the challenges that would come with a conviction, such as jail time, fines, or having to register as a sex offender.

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Anyone in the Distribution Chain can be Held Liable for Defective Products

Toys aid children in learning about their surroundings. Through toys, they feel and learn to distinguish shapes, appreciate colors, listen to sounds and feel texture (and, sometimes, even taste whatever they can get their hands on). It is very important, therefore, that the toys parents give them are totally safe, free of choking hazards and pointed edges, and do not contain any toxic substance.

To help ensure the safety of children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) determines the allowed sizes of toys, limits for toxicity and noise (due to the very loud noise produced by some items), the inaccessibility of the toy’s batteries and magnets, removal of sharp edges or parts that can wound a child, and the display of clear product labels that warn about the toy’s possible dangers.

In 2014 the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), a non-profit organization, released “Trouble in Toyland,’ a report which highlighted potentially hazardous toys and issued tips to parents on how to make sure that they get to purchase safe toys for their children.

W.A.T.C.H., which stands for World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc., is another non-profit organization that is committed to providing the public with helpful information on dangerous children’s products, at the same time protecting children from any harm. W.A.T.C.H. also notifies the public about the different types of dangers found in many children’s toys and products, and recreational activities.

Thousands of harmful children’s toys, however, remain to be sold all across the nation. In 2005 alone, children’s toys caused 20 deaths and about 202,300 injuries, based on data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System of the CPSC.

According to the law firm Mazin & Associates, PC, “Product liability litigation is a complex and ever-changing landscape. When a defective product reaches the hands of the consumer and causes injury, the entity responsible for such negligence could be anyone in the distribution chain, from the manufacturer to the product designer. The root cause of dangerous products usually stems from three areas: a manufacturer defect, a design defect, or a lack of proper warnings and directions that demonstrate safe use of the product. Defective products are generally borne out of negligence or a careless party failing to exercise the reasonable standard of care when handling the product. In serious cases, faulty products may cause serious injury or disability to anyone who uses them.

When a defective product has caused injury to you or a member of your family, it can be incredibly distressing. It is especially frustrating if you later learn that such an ordeal could have been prevented if certain parties had not acted negligently.

Product liability lawyers have a unique understanding of product liability laws. They advocate on behalf of faulty product victims, and have fought this battle for years. They can use our vast array of knowledge and resources to identify manufacturer mistakes and hold the responsible parties accountable.

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Who’s Operating the Crane?

Exposure to risks of accidents and injuries is part of construction workers’ every day job. One reason is the presence of heavy equipment in construction sites, like excavators, crawlers, caterpillars, loaders, forklifts, road rollers, concrete mixer, bulldozers and cranes. Heavy machineries help the construction industry accomplish more at a much faster rate, however, due to their sizes, any of these can cause either a disabling or fatal injury if operated the wrong way, or by an untrained or careless worker.

Among the many types of heavy machinery, the crane is one that is very essential; it is, in fact, a must in construction works. Whether for lifting materials that weigh lots of tons, constructing high buildings, moving things inside a warehouse or workshop, building oil rigs, or salvaging sunken ships, a totally necessary heavy equipment is a crane.

To be truly safe and useful, though, cranes need to be maintained, regularly inspected and operated only by a properly trained and skilled person. This is because in spite of their being totally beneficial, these also have the potential to cause the worst damage and most serious work-related injuries.

Based on the records of the Center for Construction Research and Training (a division of the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights (CPWR), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), there were 22 fatal accidents each year, from 1992 to 2006; non-fatal accidents, on the other, accounted for hundreds of serious injuries, such as broken bones, brain injury, spinal cord damage, or partial or complete paralysis.

There are three major hazards identified with the use of cranes:

Electrical hazards. This can prove fatal is a metal part of a crane comes in contact with a high-voltage power line. About 50 percent of crane accidents are actually due to electrocution. The greater danger when this happens is that, others, who may be working near the crane, can also suffer electrocution besides the crane operator.

Overloading. If a crane lifts an object which exceeds its lifting capacity, this can result to structural failure, tipping over, or the crane ,with its load, plunging down to the ground and seriously injure or kill workers and passersby on the spot.

Falling materials. This is the case when a material that is being lifted by an overhead crane is not properly secured. The load can slip and cause serious injuries and/or damages to properties on the ground.

It is difficult to imagine a set of circumstances under which a crane would collapse that is not also associated with some form of negligence. Sadly, these thoroughly preventable accidents do occur and they do cause catastrophic injuries. Bearing that in mind, we know just how much may be at stake with your claim, and we can help you determine exactly what compensation you and your family are able to pursue, aside from your workers’ compensation claim.

Personal injury lawyers, such as those from the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, law firm, know that a crane collapse can cause severe injuries or even death. They also know, however, that there isn’t any form of negligence that cannot be associated with this type of accident. Seeking the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, for the purpose of pursuing compensation, may be a big help for victims in getting the financial help they will need for all the necessary medical treatment needed.

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Emergency Room Error

Every year, medical errors, which are definitely preventable, claim as many as 98,000 lives in the U.S., information released by the Institute of Medicine, an American non-profit, non-governmental research organization. Medical errors are results of the negligent or careless acts of nurses, doctors or other health-care professionals; these can be committed through many different ways, the most common of which are wrong diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical mistake and errors in the emergency room.

Medical mistakes are usually discovered only after a patient complains of a new health condition or of sudden pains after having been prescribed a medication, treated in the emergency department or undergone a surgical procedure. The consequences of medical mistakes can be serious, even fatal at times, with mistakes in emergency rooms being the ones which often bring about the most devastating results.

Take, for example, the case wherein a young girl was diagnosed as simply suffering from a bellyache. Her appendix ruptured a few minutes later, causing her extreme pain. Another is the case of a teenager who complained of fever and chills. Being too young to possibly suffer from any serious health problems, he was sent home to rest after being handed Tylenol; a few hours later, this teenager died due to sepsis, an infection in the blood.

A study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms the fact that emergency room errors are real and that these cause almost half of all deaths due to medical malpractice. Stroke, heart attack pulmonary embolism, and aneurysm are among the most frequently misdiagnosed health problems in the ER.

The most common reported reasons for ER errors ware poor communication between nurses and doctors, shortage of doctors and/or nurses, failure to communicate vital information regarding patient’s condition, lack of timely access to lab report, overworked and stressed nurses and staff, over-crowding and prolonged waiting time.

Regardless of how overcrowded emergency rooms may be, hospital employers should make sure that they have enough staff, nurses and doctors who will neither be too exhausted nor work longer than they ought to. In the event of mistakes, it shall be the legal obligation of medical staff members or even the hospital to compensate the patient for whatever unnecessary harm he or she has been made to suffer. For more information on this contact the attorney’s at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP.

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Compulsory Car Insurance Law: Based on a Hundred-Year Old Supposition that Cars can Collide

Many drivers have often wondered why car insurance, instead of health insurance, is mandatory in the US and that, despite its being a mandate, laws concerning it are set only at the state level, thus the differences of car insurance laws among states.

Drivers who get caught driving without insurance face the risk of having their license suspended. To have their license (and driving privileges) reinstated, they will have to file a court-imposed SR-22 certificate, a documentation that their car insurance will need to send their state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to prove that there are already insured. An SR-22 usually lasts for three years but may be extended by a judge to five years if he or she sees appropriate.

Mandating car liability insurance stems from the supposition (which goes more than a hundred years back) that cars can collide, injure people and cause property damage in the process and that the driver at-fault may not have the financial capability to compensate his or her victim. In other words, car liability insurance is protection for people and their properties.

The first compulsory car insurance laws were passed in 1925, in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut; other states followed suit, enacting their own mandatory car insurance liability laws. To date, New Hampshire and Virginia are the only two states that do not mandate car liability insurance for all drivers. Instead of carrying liability insurance, drivers in New Hampshire, who choose not to carry car insurance, simply need to show they are capable of paying for damages in the event of an at-fault accident; this can be done by posting a bond or cash that is equal to the amount of damages in the crash. In Virginia, drivers can have insurance or pay the state a significant fee if they choose to register their vehicle as uninsured.

The types of car insurance coverage that drivers can choose from are the full tort and the no-fault coverage (no-fault is also known as personal injury protection or PIP). In full tort states, the drivers involved in a car accident can file a civil lawsuit against each other to determine who is at fault (or has greater fault) in the accident and to seek compensation from the liable party. Compensation to the victim is paid by the liable party’s insurance provider. In no-fault states, however, a lawsuit no longer needs to be filed since compensation is paid to drivers by their respective insurance providers regardless of who is at fault in the accident. Due to the absence of lawsuits, compensation is paid much faster in no-fault states.

Because many drivers find car insurance too expensive, they, therefore, rather risk driving without being covered. A definitely unwise decision, according to Greenfield, WI car accident lawyers, which says that, in the event of an accident, uninsured drivers can spend so much more (in compensating their victim) than what they would spend for insurance premiums.

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Reliable Insurance

Insurance employments as a cost-sharing means produced to restrict the financial hazards from anything sudden that might result to a reduction that was significant. Disasters, accidents, along with additional problems can happen to anyone at any given period, hence having prepared for this (at the very least financially) may ease you and your household’s head and make you ready to start over. The website of Smith Kendall PLLC states that insurance covers a lot of things like company, health, vehicle, and home qualities insurance. It is helpful to know what’s going to work for you and which sort of insurance coverage you desire.

For home-owners, having residential home insurance is a lot more than security; it is one of the greatest investment that they might get. It ensures for any redevelopment the household needs to have, provided it is within the extent of the coverage you might have decided on. Additionally, it protects anybody including dog attacks or a slip and fall injuries, within an event of an accident that occurred inside your home or you. Any trauma that happened within your premises could be insured by home house insurance. High-end items and belongings are also included in homeowners insurance, but it’d be a much better option to own house insurance with responsibility insurance. This guarantees that any risks will likely be included in the policy contract. When tragedy does strike, it is important so as to get economic help from your own insurer to file for a homeowner or home property state. Getting assistance from a lawyer for representation or consultation would make the claim quicker to a procedure.

Policy contract could be used for a home that was broken because of natural calamity or a fire, an automobile accident thanks to some other driver’s carelessness, or an injury that led to passing. As long as you paid for an insurance protection and have signed up, you and your loved ones will likely be shielded from losses that could happen.

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Nursing Home Abuse Information

The home-like care that the physically elderly or mentally disabled young adults and victims of accidents who need rehabilitative treatment receive in a rest home should be enough guarantee that they shall be held secure and in good health. Regrettably, this is not always the situation.

Nursing or convalescent homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities (SNF), offer medical aid to aged citizens; they also purpose at supporting out their occupants in daily activities, including toileting, showering, and dressing. Occupiers, typically 70 years and old, can enjoy a secure, nurturing environment in these types of services, as well as nursing care that is constant.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, physical abuse of nursing home residents comprises emphatic medication and food intake, sexual assault, beating, refusal or negligence of the person to feed, dress or help an elder in private cleanliness issues, as well as the staff’s failure to keep individuals from safety and health dangers.

Financial abuse, on the other hand, consists in the employees coercing individuals to include their caretakers in the patient’s will, driving sufferers to make obligations that are unnecessary, and stealing from patients.

Several others fail to offer their occupants with the required standard of treatment while several rest homes live around the standards expected of these.

Worse abuse is an all-too-common issue in these facilities, including psychological, physical, as well as financial maltreatment. Intimidating, insulting, embarrassing, and mistreating someone verbally or psychologically, along with a refusal to aid someone get out of bed or consume, are a number of the very most typical maltreatment residents suffer from.

The normal causes of staff maltreatment in several medical facilities are trying conditions that are operating, insufficient coaching, and not having registered nurses and nurse’s aides, leading to loss and staff burn-out of empathy for individuals. Moreover, residents can be exposed by poor verification processes to caretakers that are dangerous or abusive.

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