Friday, June 15, 2018
Greetings, good people of the internet. It's that time again. Allow me to introduce you to the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Helena Ku Rhee.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Celebrities often go through the same sort of struggles that ordinary people do -- just more publicly and on a larger scale. There are elements of their lives, however, that often help illustrate some valuable lessons.
One of those lessons is what it means to pay enough support so that you maintain a child's existing standards of living whenever possible.
In this case, pop singer Britney Spears is being asked to pay $60,000 per month in child support to her ex-husband, Keven Federline -- a significant increase over the $20,000 per month that he receives now. At issue is the disparity between the singer's multimillion dollar income and the dwindling income of her ex-husband. Once a popular figure, his star has been on a decline for the last decade -- taking his wealth with it.
Spears has reportedly tried to settle the dispute out of court but her ex-husband has refused. His contention is that he can't compete with the things that Spears can offer their children when they are with her. She has the bigger home, with lavish additions like a pool house, tennis court, library and spa -- while he shares a more modest home with his six children (including those from other relationships) and a wife.
Family courts tend to take the view that a broken marriage shouldn't affect the children of that marriage any more than necessary. When deciding support, the court will often try to level things out so that a child doesn't experience comfort at one parent's house and deprivation at the other parent's house.
When dealing with large parental incomes, the issue can become very complicated. It's hard to argue that a child's basic needs can't be met by $20,000 a month in support -- although that hardly provides the same lifestyle that millions can. When there's enough money to go around, a custodial parent receiving support is entitled to use that support money for nonessentials, like entertainment.
Exactly how this issue will play out remains to be seen, but it does nicely illustrate the difficulties that many well-heeled parents can face regarding appropriate child support long after a marriage is over.
Source: pagesix.com, "Kevin Federline wants $60K in monthly child support from Britney Speas," Jessica Sager, May 30, 2018
Friday, June 8, 2018
What's up, internet friends? It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Ethan Young.
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Friday, June 1, 2018
Greetings, good people of the internet. It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Nathan Ramos.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Currently there are two courts where Family Law matters are heard, the Federal Circuit Court and the Family Court.
What is proposed?
Family law matters are generally issued in the Federal Circuit Court unless the matter is considered “complex”. The Federal Circuit Court may order a matter to be transferred to the Family Court on the basis of complexity.
The federal Attorney-General, Christian Porter, expects to improve the efficiency of the Family Law court system in Adelaide by ensuring families don’t have to move between the two courts.
Combining the Courts may help to relieve the very heavy load in the Federal Circuit Courts by opening up the Family Court to more hearings.
Why this has come about?
Mr Porter wants to improve the efficiency of the Family Court by creating a single entry point to the system. Around 1200 families a year move between the Family Court and lower level Federal Circuit Court and this can lead to confusion as to where a case should start. This leads to families being transferred between courts. The wait time for a trial in the Adelaide Federal Circuit Court can be between 12-18 months.
Family Court filing fees are far more expensive than the Federal Circuit Court fees. Due to the difference in filing fees most matters are commenced in the Federal Circuit Court.
What next and how it will affect people?
Combining both Courts may help to save time and money for people dealing with Family Law matters while alleviating the strain on Family Law judges. Mr Porter also expects to slash the annual travel expenditure incurred by judges by combining the courts.
For more information click here.
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
As of 2015, same-sex marriages have been legal everywhere in the nation.
That's great news. Unfortunately, however, not every marriage gets a happy ending. For same-sex couples that do divorce, the complicated history of same-sex marriages in the United States has a lasting legacy that can make divorce just as troublesome.
Prior to the landmark Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality, only 36 states and Washington D.C. permitted same-sex couples to marry. Unsurprisingly, most same-sex couples who lived together weren't married prior to 2015. After 2015, the percentage of those same-sex couples living together who were married skyrocketed from 38 percent to 61 percent!
There are two major issues that same-sex couples who divorce can often face:
Dissolving all legal relationships
A lot of people entered same-sex domestic partnerships prior to the time that actual marriages were permitted. While imperfect, domestic partnerships were the only available alternatives.
Those domestic partnerships have to be specifically addressed if a now-married couple divorces because dissolving one doesn't generally affect the other. That's an additional legal step that couples can't afford to overlook.
Determining the length of the committed relationship
Even though California doesn't recognize common law marriages, there's a lot of good reasons to ask the court to consider the actual length of a same-sex relationship outside of the matrimonial bonds. Since many people in a committed same-sex relationship couldn't legally marry without going through extraordinary hoops, it's generally unfair not to consider the length of time a couple has been in a marital-like relationship when it comes time to divide up the assets and debts and address spousal support obligations.
Documentation is the most important thing to keep in mind in these situations. While that's pretty much true for any divorcing couple, good documentation in a same-sex marriage of everything from when the couple held a commitment ceremony to who brought which assets or debts into the relationship can have a drastic effect on the divorce settlement.
Naturally, there are other issues that can also become complicated in a same-sex divorce -- or any divorce. If your marriage is failing, the key thing to do is start gathering all the documentation you need to give the court the ability to make a fair decision.
Source: Communities Digital News, "Divorce: The unique hurdles same-sex couples face," Myra Fleischer, May 17, 2018
Friday, May 25, 2018
Hello, good people of the internet. It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Maurene Goo.
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