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Seven Important Facts About Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a cruel fact of life for millions of men and women in the United States. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has released numerous statistics that show the seriousness of the problem. According to the NCADV: Domestic violence affects millions: Roughly 20 people per minute in the US are physically abused by their partners. This figure accounts for 10 million men and women each year. Domestic violence cases may involve weapons:… Read More


Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you read last week’s blog, then you already know that an estimated 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the US end in divorce. Depending on the type of divorce, former spouses may expend significant financial, emotional and legal resources while fighting over property or other assets. But what if these problems could be avoid before a marriage even took place? A prenuptial agreement (also called a prenup) can be drafted before you and… Read More


Is Divorce the Right Choice?

Deciding whether to file for divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions you have ever faced. However, it is a choice that millions of people in the US will ultimately make. The American Psychological Association (APA) estimates that 40 to 50 percent of marriages in the US end in divorce. While each case is going to be different, there are still common reasons why people end their marriages. Examples include but are not… Read More


How Can California Police Test for a Marijuana DUI?

It can be difficult for law enforcement officers to determine whether motorists are under the influence of marijuana. There may be no smell or signs of impairment. Marijuana also complicates DUI laws in California in other ways. Law enforcement officers may use several tools to determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana. Field sobriety tests: Officers may ask you to perform one of several field sobriety tests if they suspect you are… Read More


What is Alternative Sentencing?

Alternative sentencing options allow you to avoid jail or prison time. Which options are available would depend on the circumstances of your case. Judges can determine alternative sentencing options based on multiple factors, such as your age, nature of the crime or prior criminal history (if there is one). These are only a few of many possible examples what might be considered. Options for alternative sentencing may include: Probation: With this option, you are allowed… Read More


How Will the New Tax Law Affect Alimony Payments?

President Donald Trump has signed the new tax law that was passed by Congress in late December. The tax overhaul will change how alimony payments are taxed. Under the new law, you would have to pay taxes on alimony payments if your divorce agreement is finalized after December 31, 2018. You can currently deduct alimony payments to your ex-spouse from your income taxes. They are tax deductible. On the other hand, your ex-spouse does have… Read More


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