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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 11, 2012 New law stops injustice of paying alimony forever
QUOTE: ...I didn't know it was common for ex-wives to go back to court when a former spouse got married and get an increase in alimony if the new wife added income to the marriage. I also discovered that the lower-earning spouse needed to be supported to the standard of the lifestyle of the marriage -- and that judges could not put an end date to alimony, even for short-term marriages.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 09, 2012 New alimony law is bad for women
QUOTE: First the (oversimplified) basics: The new law decides whether alimony will be granted, if at all, based not on a wide variety of criteria -- such as the value of the nonworking spouse's contributions to the marriage -- but on how many years the couple stayed married and how much money the working spouse made during the marriage.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 01, 2011 Death & Taxes & Identity Theft
QUOTE: National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson testified before the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight, suggesting the [Death Master File (DMF)] provides significant opportunities for identity thieves to commit tax fraud and should be limited.
Forbes Jun 20, 2011 Court Issues Split Ruling on Poor’s Right to Counsel
QUOTE: In a 5-to-4 decision that divided along ideological lines, the court said there is no automatic right to counsel for people charged with civil contempt, at least when the parent seeking to collect child support does not have a lawyer.
New York Times May 13, 2011 Family Quarrel Imperils a Labor Hero’s Legacy
QUOTE: When Cesar Chavez was alive, he was a major force in California politics and agriculture. “The problem now is that the organization has simply drifted,” said Miriam Pawel, who has written a book about the union and is working on a biography of Mr. Chavez. “It has become a family-run organization that is sort of purposeless and does little or nothing to help farm workers.”
New York Times May 13, 2011 Divorce Lawyers’ New Friend: Social Networks
QUOTE: “No-fault does not mean that fault is irrelevant,” said Kenneth P. Altshuler, a lawyer in Portland, Me., and the president-elect of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “It is when you are lying about money, when you show bad behavior in front of children, when there is untreated substance abuse. Facebook has made it very easy to show lack of credibility and that is what can win a case."
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 China Curbs Fancy Tombs That Irk Poor
QUOTE: Some local governments would like those who succeed not to lord it over others, at least when it comes to paying final respects... “Of course, if we cannot change the fact of the disparity between the rich and poor, the least we can do is lessen the impact of it on society and lessen the advertising of it.”
New York Times Jun 16, 2010 Divorce, No-Fault Style
QUOTE: ...New York appears to be on the verge of finally joining the other 49 states in allowing people to end a marriage without having to establish that their spouse was at fault. Supporters argue that no-fault will reduce litigation and conflict between divorcing couples. Opponents claim it will raise New York’s divorce rate and hurt women financially. So who’s right?
New York Times Sep 26, 2009 Wartime Soldier, Conflicted Mom: Women at Arms
QUOTE: Hanging on to today’s war-savvy, battle-tested cadre of mothers — and would-be mothers — is both crucial and difficult for the Army, say officers, enlistees and experts.
New York Times Aug 18, 2009 How to Manage Your Online Life When You're Dead
QUOTE: Other sites [that are like Facebook] are also grappling with the thorny question of what to do with users' information after they die.
Time Magazine Jul 21, 2009 Express Route to Divorce Has Familiar Delays (Mexico City Journal)
QUOTE: Two-thirds of divorce cases are filed by women under the new [Mexican] law, but their advocates argue that it leaves women and their children as vulnerable as ever.
New York Times Dec 30, 2008 Fighting War -- and for Custody: Deployment Used In Battles for Kids
QUOTE: The military does not track statistics on custody disputes, but as military divorce rates rise -- particularly among enlisted female troops such as Greer -- so do child custody struggles in which military service overseas has become a wedge issue....Female troops may be particularly at risk, because mothers are more likely to have custody of children after a divorce.
Washington Post Nov 14, 2008 We're divorced -- you're not my friend
QUOTE: The case files of divorce simmer with the resentment created when an ex-spouse constantly pleads for favors. The routine exchanges of marriage (Will you fix the sink? Lend me $20? Pick up the kids?) can become bitter boundary issues if they continue after the divorce.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 28, 2008 Parents’ Grief Turns to Rage at Chinese Officials
QUOTE: Parents of the estimated 10,000 children who lost their lives in the quake have grown so enraged about collapsed schools that they have overcome their usual caution about confronting Communist Party officials. Many say they are especially upset that some schools for poor students crumbled into rubble even though government offices and more elite schools not far away survived the May 12 quake largely intact.
New York Times May 20, 2008 Far-Flung Placement of Children in Texas Raid Is Criticized
QUOTE: The hearings, technically meant as a 60-day check-up of the state’s plan in handling the children and families of the raid, have exposed the clanking machinery of the Texas child welfare apparatus, which has strained at the seams and spent millions of dollars to handle one of the biggest and most complex child welfare cases in the nation’s history.
New York Times May 16, 2008 Study: Big gaps in foster vs. traditional homes
QUOTE: Children in foster care live in poorer, more crowded and less educated homes than kids in other families, often taking them from one disadvantaged environment into another, new research shows.
USA TODAY Apr 11, 2008 Reference for an Ex? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  My ex-husband is job hunting. I was contacted for a reference/background check...Do I answer all questions truthfully? ...I worked for an insurance company with just one Jewish employee, a good friend. He invented Jewish holidays, taking days off several times a year...I kept silent. Was that the right choice?
New York Times Jan 28, 2008 Huge Lawsuit Could Change Handling of the Dead
QUOTE: [A new law suit] argues that the next of kin, not the state, should make decisions on how to dispose of organs no longer needed for testing, and that denial of such a right violates the Constitution's promise of due process.
Washington Post Jan 02, 2008 Same-Sex Divorce Challenges the Legal System: Most States Lack Law, Precedent To Settle Issues
QUOTE: Nearly 10,000 gay and lesbian couples married after the [Massachussetts State Supreme Court] ruling [which legalized same-sex marriage]...Those who choose to end their marriages soon discover that the trauma of divorce is compounded by legal and financial difficulties that heterosexual couples generally are spared.
Washington Post Nov 30, 2007 Some stunned by Taser's 'Playboy' police fundraiser
QUOTE: The tournament, scheduled Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort, is being promoted as "Beauty and the Bet." One of the nation's largest law-enforcement survivors groups said the event threatens to "sully" the goal of honoring the memory of fallen officers.
USA TODAY Nov 27, 2007 In Hospice Care, Longer Lives Mean Money Lost
QUOTE: Over the last eight years, the refusal of patients to die according to actuarial schedules has led the federal government to demand that hospices exceeding reimbursement limits repay hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicare.
New York Times Nov 26, 2007 Law protects church shock tactics, experts say
QUOTE: The jury said the church violated the family's right to privacy, and Snyder hoped the verdict would curtail the church's screeds. Constitutional law experts say the verdict probably violated the church's First Amendment right of free speech and possibly their right to freely exercise their religion.
USA TODAY Nov 17, 2007 Immigration Dilemma: A Mother Torn From a Baby
QUOTE: The case exposes a recurring quandary for immigration authorities as an increasing number of American-born children of illegal immigrants become caught up in deportation operations. With the Bush administration stepping up enforcement, the immigration agency has been left scrambling to devise procedures to deal with children who, by law, do not fall under its jurisdiction because they are citizens.
New York Times Oct 20, 2007 Divided Korea Paralyzes Families Torn Apart Long Ago
QUOTE: About 500 South Korean soldiers captured during the war are thought to be alive in the North, with 480 civilians, mostly fishermen, who were kidnapped in the years since, according to the South Korean government. It is unclear how many of the estimated 80,000 civilians who were taken to North Korea during the war may still be alive.
New York Times Sep 15, 2007 Tell-All PCs and Phones Transforming Divorce
QUOTE: The age-old business of breaking up has taken a decidedly Orwellian turn, with digital evidence like e-mail messages, traces of Web site visits and mobile telephone records now permeating many contentious divorce cases.
New York Times Aug 17, 2007 Death Grip: How Political Psychology Explains Bush's Ghastly Success.
QUOTE: the mere thought of one's mortality can trigger a range of emotions--from disdain for other races, religions, and nations, to a preference for charismatic over pragmatic leaders, to a heightened attraction to traditional mores....Barring another assault on American soil, the moment of September 11--and the reminder of mortality that it brought--may well have passed. And with it, too, the ascendancy of politicians who exploited the fear of death that lies within us all.
New Republic, The (TNR) Jun 13, 2007 Women Are Seeing More Parity in Divorces
QUOTE: For as long as divorce has existed, men have griped about their divorce settlements, but in reality, they've typically come out far ahead financially. No longer: Today, women are closer than ever to achieving parity — and then some.
Smart Money Apr 24, 2007 Administration Yields on Wiccan Symbol: Pentacle to Be Permitted on Tombstones in U.S. Military Burial Grounds
QUOTE: Facing lawsuits by veterans and their families, the Bush administration relented yesterday and agreed to allow the Wiccan pentacle -- a five-pointed star inside a circle -- on tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery and other U.S. military burial grounds.
Washington Post Apr 19, 2007 Economic Scene: Matrimony Has Its Benefits, and Divorce Has a Lot to Do With That
QUOTE: Unilateral divorce shifts the bargaining power to the person who is getting less out of the marriage and thus is most likely to leave. The partner getting more from the marriage has to work harder to keep the other person around, which can be good for the marriage and good for the couple. In other words, unilateral divorce benefits victims and potential victims.
New York Times Mar 01, 2007 Wife e-surveilled in divorce case (Police blotter)
QUOTE: Once upon a time, tempestuous divorces might have included one spouse snooping through the other's private correspondence ... That kind of snooping was, for the most part, entirely legal. But when the same kind of snooping happens in electronic form, it can be a federal crime.
News.com Feb 09, 2007 Dad wasn't dad after all, but still owes child support: A Florida Supreme Court case raises fundamental questions about the nature of fatherhood and legal responsibilities
QUOTE: The Parker case illustrates an increasingly contentious debate over the rights and responsibilities of divorced fathers who have been duped and don't challenge paternity at or near the time of divorce. But it also raises fundamental questions about the nature of fatherhood and the legal responsibilities that can attach to a father-child relationship – even when that relationship is the result of fraud and deception by a wife and mother.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 20, 2007 Temporary 'Enjoyment Marriages' In Vogue Again With Some Iraqis
QUOTE: ..."mutaa," or enjoyment marriage, a temporary union believed by Shiite Muslims to be sanctioned by Islamic law...."It's a cover for prostitution," said Um Akram, a women's rights activist in Baghdad. "Some women, because they don't want to be prostitutes, they think that this is legal because it's got some kind of religious cover.
Washington Post Dec 03, 2006 Legal collaboration can ease pain of divorce
QUOTE: a growing divorce movement that strives to help couples end their marriages without the acrimony and the loss of time, money and control associated with going to court....collaborative law, a procedure in which couples agree to end their marriages out of court by hashing out the terms of the split around a table with advice from their lawyers.
Daily Progress Sep 25, 2006 Fighting Over the Kids: Battered spouses take aim at a controversial custody strategy.
QUOTE: It may seem hard to fathom how a judge could award custody to a parent accused of abuse. But battered spouses often don't file criminal charges—so no judicial finding is made against their mates—and family-court judges typically aren't trained to referee the complexities of abusive relationships.
Newsweek Sep 18, 2006 Steps for Heirs to Take After a Death
QUOTE: after the funeral, and in the subsequent weeks and months, heirs have much to deal with in wrapping up the deceased's financial doings and settling the estate. Here are suggestions on a few important tasks and options for heirs:
Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, NY) Jul 11, 2006 N.Y. High Court Says Mistaken Avowal of Fatherhood Imposes an 'Equitable Paternity'
QUOTE: He who acts like a father, is a father -- if not biologically than at least legally -- the Court of Appeals said Thursday in imposing "equitable paternity" on a man who wrongly assumed he had fathered a girl and acted accordingly.
Law.com May 15, 2006 Israelis Kill Islamic Jihad Leader in Arrest Attempt
QUOTE: Israel's high court, meanwhile, upheld a law that sharply restricts the rights of Palestinians married to Israelis to live in Israel....Critics of the law contend it is designed in part to limit the Arab population of the Jewish state.
Washington Post May 10, 2006 Romania's Orphans Face Widespread Abuse, Group Says
QUOTE: Romania has tried over the last decade to erase those images of its orphanages seen around the world...thousands of children in government-run institutions are still living in conditions that are little changed...
New York Times May 03, 2006 Plumbing the Depths of Indian Widowhood
QUOTE: [Many Hindu widows in India--Ed.] live a life of deprivation. They go to die in designated widow houses, inside crumbling walls and on bare earth without bedding or furnishings, amid brass pots and dim corners. Their bangles broken and removed, their hair shaved off, they lead lonely, ascetic lives, disconnected from their families and ostracized.
Washington Post Feb 09, 2006 Grieving Mother Holds One Last Wish for Son: Vietnamese Parents Seek U.S. Residency After Marine's Death
QUOTE: ...to U.S. immigration authorities, Le benefited from the adoption -- legal or not -- by coming to the United States as the son of his aunt and uncle. Le's birth parents, therefore, cannot benefit from their relationship to him, according to a denial Nguyen received from the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Washington Post Dec 12, 2005 Custody Battle Is Waged Over Comatose Girl: Massachusetts Fights Stepfather Accused Of Beating Youngster
QUOTE: On one side is the state of Massachusetts, whose social-service system failed to prevent Haleigh's abuse and is now seeking to remove her life support. On the other is Haleigh's stepfather, Jason Strickland, whose wife adopted the girl and who has been charged in her abuse. He believes the girl should be kept alive -- but he also might be prosecuted for murder if she is not.
Washington Post Nov 09, 2005 Justices Hear Home-Search Case
QUOTE: ...the Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whom the police should have heeded that July day in 2001 -- the husband who did not want them to enter his house or the wife, who did. The court's ruling could have implications for police in the many instances in which they must deal with two or more quarreling occupants of a place officers want to search.
Washington Post Aug 25, 2005 California court affirms gay parenting: Ruling sets responsibilities, rights of homosexual parents but spurs backlash by same-sex marriage opponents.
QUOTE: ...law, formed decades before sperm donors, surrogate parents, and same-sex parents were common concepts, is often hardly adequate. But increasingly, say experts, courts are ruling based on the individuals' intent to act as parents and principles like parenthood by "estoppel" - in which an acting parent-child relationship creates legal parenthood.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 05, 2005 Is child support debate about fairness, or public subsidies?
QUOTE: There's no doubt that there are low-income divorced mothers who are in dire financial straits and that in some ways the state's social services system comes up short. But to try to right those wrongs through the child-support guidelines is simply wrong — and perpetuates the long-held stereotype that noncustodial fathers are nothing but a piggy bank.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 10, 2004 Picking a Guardian: Is Love Enough? Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Aug 30, 2004 10 steps to a money-smart divorce
QUOTE: When your marriage breaks up, the last thing you feel like doing is crunching numbers. You're hurt, perhaps angry...[but] this is precisely the time you need to get a grip and pay close attention to your assets and your financial future, lest both slip away in the flood of emotion.
Bankrate.com Jul 26, 2004 Teenager Fights to Divorce Dad: Boy, 14, Wants to Cut Ties With the Man Who Killed His Mother
QUOTE: ...the teenager will ask a Massachusetts judge to terminate his father's parental rights -- the rough legal equivalent of a divorce -- in a case with few precedents...
Washington Post May 11, 2004 In Ohio, Supreme Court Considers Right to Procreate
QUOTE: Judge James L. Kimbler ordered the 32-year-old Akron resident to take "reasonable efforts" not to get anyone pregnant for five years -- or go to jail.
Washington Post Nov 19, 2003 Mom vs. Mom
QUOTE: .... their fight presents a novel issue for the court, in that both women -- by nature of their unique pregnancy arrangement -- are related biologically to the children.
Law.com Sep 16, 2003 States split over college bills for kids whose parents split
QUOTE: He was furious when a judge ordered him to help pay tuition at the school offering far less financial aid. A married parent never would be subjected to such an order.
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