Category Archives: Family Law

Temporary Spousal Maintenance and Marital Residence Expenses

One issue that keeps coming up repeatedly in appellate decisions is whether  the party paying temporary spousal maintenance, can also be ordered to pay carrying costs of the marital residence.   In Rouis v. Rouis, 156 A.D.3d 1198 (3rd Dept. 2018), the Appellate Division, Third Department, held that the statutory formula used to calculate the presumptive temporary maintenance award was intended to cover all of the nonmonied spouse’s needs and basic living expenses, including the carrying charges on the home and her vehicle expenses. The parties were married in 1993 and had two children. The wife commenced this action for divorce in 2014, after the husband departed the marital residence. Applying the pre-2015 temporary maintenance formula on the wife’s motion for temporary relief, the trial court granted the wife, among other things, temporary maintenance ($1,958 per month) and child support ($2,720 per month) and required the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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To complain or not to complain: feeding a more productive and valuable cycle

Harvard Business Review help us know what to do when we feel like complaining at work. The principles provide a road map for our other relationships as well. Peter Bregman shares 5 steps to taking effective action and writes (excerpt):….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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South Carolina Legislative Update: Bill Affecting HOAs and Condos Signed Into Law

A South Carolina bill we have been watching for more than a year was signed into law by the Governor yesterday, May 17, 2018.  House Bill 3886 is the first SC bill specifically directed at homeowners associations and condominiums in South Carolina and will impact how each of these types of communities operates. Officially titled the “South Carolina Homeowners Association Act,” click here for the full text of the law. Here is a brief summary of some of the key parts of the new law: Disclosure Duty The law creates a new duty to disclose whether real property being sold … Continue reading → The post South Carolina Legislative Update: Bill Affecting HOAs and Condos Signed Into Law appeared first on Black Slaughter Black... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Interview with Arab Women on Family Plans

From Vice: It's still taboo in much of the Arab world for women to openly admit that they don't want to have children. But in recent years, more and more young women are actively pushing back against the accepted wisdom….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Deadly School Bus Accident Kills Two, Leaves Multiple People Injured

Chaos ensued on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive Township in Northern New Jersey as a school bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck, killing a student and a teacher along with injuring dozens of other passengers. The scene was filled with carnage as the mangled bus was lying on its side with the undercarriage and front end completely torn off leaving the steering wheel exposed. Officials report the bus driver made an illegal U-turn before colliding with the dump truck. Emergency responders arrived to find some of the injured passengers outside of the bus. Canine units were dispatched into the woods near the scene to find anyone who was possibly ejected out of the bus during the accident. Those who were injured, some of which are in critical condition, are currently being treated for their injuries. Bus Accidents in New Jersey This horrific incident reminds us of how dangerous bus accidents can be. According to the National Highway Traffic….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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