Category Archives: Family Law

Ex-Wife’s “Secured” Support Provides Her With Entire Life Insurance Policy

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.comWhen couples separate and negotiate child or spousal support, it is not unusual to have a paragraph in a separation agreement or court order that the payment of support is “secured” by a life insurance policy on the life of the payor, in the event of his or her untimely death. The rationale, of course, is that there will be a fund of money to draw upon if the payor’s death occurs while he or she is still obligated to make support payments. A recent case from the Ontario Superior Court considers whether a “secured” spouse is entitled to receive ongoing support from the policy or whether the entire life insurance policy is payable to the former spouse. In Birnie v. Birnie, 2019 ONSC 2152 the Court focused on determining whether the payment of life insurance is contained in a “stand alone” clause that entitles the beneficiary to the entire policy or whether it is clearly only intended to provide security for….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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How You Can Go About Obtaining Alimony ‘Unconnected With Dissolution’ in Florida

There are almost as many family law situations as there are families, it seems sometimes. Fortunately, lawmakers have taken efforts to address many situations, including some relatively unique ones. You may not be aware, but in Florida, there is a statute that covers what happens if you (or your children) are not receiving the support you should — and you want to get that financial support – but you do not want to pursue a divorce right away. You can seek alimony “unconnected with” divorce. Taking this step does not mean the court will enter an order of divorce; this tool is designed to allow judges to institute court-ordered support without ending the marriage. Also, be aware that you can choose, if you want, to seek court-ordered support “unconnected with dissolution” now and, if the marriage breaks down later, still seek a divorce at that later date. This tool allows you to obtain the support you need without having to pursue divorce when….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Ohio's Fetal Abortion Ban Is Latest In Roe v. Wade Battle

From The New York Times: Ohio on Thursday became the latest state to ban abortion at the first signs of a fetal heartbeat, the latest front in the decades-long campaign by conservatives to overturn Roe v. Wade. The new measure,….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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South Carolina Gun Offenses

Gun offenses can involve the illegal possession or carrying of a gun, such as when a person holds a gun without a permit. They can also involve using a gun to carry out a crime, such as a burglary or an assault and battery. If you’ve been charged with any type of gun offense in South Carolina, contact a criminal defense attorney for legal assistance. Gun Possession or Carrying Crimes Any of the following situations can result in a gun possession or carrying crime in South Carolina: Carrying a gun without a permit. Possessing a gun when you are forbidden by law, such as when you are convicted felon. Possession of a gun by a minor. Carrying a gun in a prohibited place, such as a courthouse, school, or hospital. Carrying a gun in a vehicle outside of a closed container or without a concealed weapons permit. Possessing an illegal gun or weapon. Possessing a gun in violation of the terms of your parole or probation. Failing to notify a police officer that you are carrying a….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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South Korea Court Strikes Down Abortion Ban

From NPR: A euphoric smile spread across the face of an activist, who goes by the name Jisoo, as she announced in a trembling voice, "It's ruled unconstitutional!" South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down the country's laws prohibiting….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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