What You Need to Know About Spousal Support

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Family Law | 0 comments

Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, has been around the country for over many years now. Although spousal support regulations vary from state to state, its aim is quite straightforward: to allow one spouse in a divorcing couple to maintain his/her standard of living he/she enjoyed during the marriage. But although the concept behind spousal support is plain, deciding who is to pay and how much could involve an intricate legal process.

According to the BB Attorney website, reaching favorable spousal support arrangement is important especially if one couple is heavily dependent on the financial assistance of the other. A judge in one of your local courts is the one responsible in determining the amount of spousal support a dependent couple should receive. Calculations involve the assessment of how much the spouse needs to maintain the standard of living he/she once has, his/her capacity to be financially independent in the near future, the age and health of both parties involved, their educational attainment, and many more.

Coming up with a favorable and objective spousal support amount is one thing, but enforcing it would be another. According to the website of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, a spouse should seek legal help immediately if one couple fails to pay alimony. Also, it is important to note that falling behind spousal support entails serious legal consequences, such as contempt.

There will also come a time when one or both couples would need to modify the amount based on certain situations, such as a life-changing event, such as retirement and long-term paralysis. Furthermore, a judge may decide to discontinue alimony payment if one of the couple dies, if one of them remarries, if the dependent spouse has already been given enough time to become financially independent, or if the children are in the right age to no longer need a full-time parent.

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What You Need to Know About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Major accidents can be so traumatic, and they can damage you not just physically and financially, but mentally and emotionally as well. While it is normal to feel anxious or stressed days or weeks after an accident, some may have troubles coping even months or years after an accident. If symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma caused by a traumatic event do not get better months after an accident, and if these symptoms interfere with your daily activities, you might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

The website of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. says that although car accidents are considered among the primary reasons for PTSD, other traumatic events may cause this behavioral condition, such as an animal attack, or a traumatic incident at work or in someone else’s property. Your risk of PTSD also increases with family history, previous life experiences (such as childhood),

According to the website of McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, having a PTSD after a traumatic car accident could affect how you perform your day-to-day activities. Symptoms of PTSD are generally categorized into four groups, namely:

  1. Intrusive symptoms – Memories of the traumatic event recurs in the form of thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks. The person might feel emotionally distress or react physically when reminded of the traumatic incident.
  2. Avoidance symptoms – The patient with PTSD tries not to remember the even and anything associated with it. He may choose to stay away from things or people that remind him of the accident. As such, he may feel that certain activities are not as enjoyable as they were before.
  3. Hyperarousal symptoms – A person may show extreme behavior (i.e. outburst of anger, depression, irritability etc.). He may also engage in self-destructive behavior (abusing substances, drinking too much, committing crimes etc.).
  4. Symptoms of negative thinking and mood – A person with PTSD may find it difficult to make new friends and maintain old ones. He may also show lack of interest in the future, and may tend to be careless in his personal and professional growth.

If you have recently been involved in a traumatic accident and if one or more of these symptoms continue to haunt you months after the event, or if you feel that it is disrupting your everyday life, consult with your doctor right away for an accurate PTSD assessment.

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