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, criminalattorneysnashville.com, 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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