While lawyers and judges are the ultimate legal experts, of course, I believe that every citizen should take the time to learn a little about law for several reasons. First, it is important to know your rights, and knowing them can come in handy if anyone ever accuses you of a crime you didn't commit or threatens you legally in another other way. Second, learning about your local, state, and federal laws can help you act as a better citizen. When election time comes around, you can then truly understand ever change in law being proposed by a candidate and whether it benefits society or not. I plan to share posts about law topics explained in plain English on my new blog, so you can come back often to sharpen your legal knowledge!
16 June 2015
If you live in Florida and are considering filing for divorce from an unemployed, stay-at-home, or low-earning spouse, you may be concerned about the potential financial ramifications of this decision. Unlike most other states, even those that grant judges generous discretion, Florida courts have the ability to award "lifetime alimony" to a lower-earning spouse. However, this could soon be changing. Read on to learn more about what factors may be considered when determining alimony under current law, as well as potential changes to this law coming in 2016.
26 May 2015
Law enforcement professionals must use their skills and training to safely pursue, capture and transport people accused of committing a crime. Due to the highly volatile nature of these interactions, when something goes wrong in the process, the person in custody could end up with severe injuries leading to their death. When someone dies in police custody, or because of police actions, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death suit to receive compensation for the loss.
24 March 2015
When it comes to settling a divorce, the legal process can be lengthy and emotional. If your divorce attorney suggests the possibility of mediation, you may wonder if it's right for you. Mediation is a process in which you and your spouse will meet with an independent third party to negotiate the divorce and talk through your final settlement agreement. In most cases, an agreement obtained through mediation is approved through the court system without the necessity for an official hearing in the courtroom.
10 March 2015
Marriage requires a certain amount of honesty, especially about something as serious as whether or not one wants to or can have children. Lack of honesty in this area can have dire consequences for a person's relationship and checkbook. If someone lies about or fails to disclose that he or she had a reproductive sterilization procedure when asked, that person could be sued for fraud. Reproductive Fraud Most of the time when couples go to court over reproductive fraud issues it's for failing to take proper precautions to prevent pregnancy.
23 February 2015
Student loans are the most persistent debts a person can have. Not only is the debt non-dischargeable in a bankruptcy, it may get passed onto family and friends if the original debtor dies while still owing money on the loan. Here's more information about this phenomenon and how you can use bankruptcy laws to deal with persistent student debt. Trickle-Down Debt The issue of inherited debt comes about when a person cosigns for a loan, making the individual as equally responsible for the money owed as the primary debtor.