Determination Of Child Support

The federal government has come up with a few mandates that should be used to establish predictable and consistent awards when it comes to child support. Here are some of the categories that are used in the determination of child support.

• Income And Deductions

The income of both parents is taken into consideration. The amount that each parent contributes to the household will be used to determine the amount to be paid in child support. The gross or net income can be used depending on the specific state.

On the other hand, the income is subject to some deductions. For instance, if one of the parents is paying alimony or child support from a previous situation, the amount is deducted from the income. Of course, these deductions need to be court ordered rather than voluntary and they must actually have been paid.

• Health Expenses

The child support mandate needs to identify the specific parents who should be taking care of the health insurance payments for the children. If there are any extraordinary medical expenses, they will be considered as well. There are some guidelines in place, especially if there are any out of the pocket payments that must be made for the child’s health. The amount paid for health care is added to that of child support and credited to the parent responsible for paying it.

• Visitation And Custody Agreements

In determining child support amounts, the guidelines also take into account the custody or visitation agreements in place. A parent with more custody rights will pay less child support. Shared visitation and custody are also considered since it will be less than a case with sole custody and little or no visitation.

A court is always the best way to decide any extenuating factors that determine the overall child support payments, for more information contact a lawyer.


Should I Get A Prenuptial Agreement?

Are you deciding on whether or not to sign a prenuptial agreement? Well, each circumstance is unique, so don’t sign it just because your friend, acquaintance or relative signed one. Here are some pros and cons that you should help you decide.

Pros
• Each spouse’s property before marriage will be properly documented separately for protection.
• In the event of a divorce, the prenuptial agreement suffices as an estate plan that allows ample property distribution.
• The agreement details any special agreements between the couple
• The document reduces any conflicts during divorce proceedings as well as being cost-efficient since it reduces the time used to distribute property between the two individuals.
• In the event of any debt liability such as mortgages, credit cards or school loans, the prenuptial agreement establishes the right procedures to be followed.
• People always change and relationships can crumble any time. If you have a prenuptial agreement ready in hand, you can always save yourself the trouble of going through a nasty and expensive divorce. Regardless of whether or not you’re in marital bliss right now, you should be prepared for anything and that’s why the document comes in handy.

Cons

• Regardless of whether child custody or support has been mentioned in the prenuptial agreement, the court has the final say on what happens. Therefore, the document will only provide procedures of dealing with assets but not the children.
• Discussing what to do in the event of a divorce before the marriage starts can be a bad omen. The first years, a married couple is supposed to enjoy marital bliss without thinking whether the spouse will leave any debt or take away any property. Therefore, to most people, signing a prenuptial agreement might be a sign of bad luck in the marriage.
With these pros and cons, you should weigh on your particular circumstance and decide whether you should sign a prenuptial agreement or not.


Famous Pro Bono Cases

Believe it or not, pro bono cases actually don’t receive much attention. This is due to the that a lot of pro bono work is done in criminal defense cases. The criminal defense attorney agrees to work for free or a small compensation in order to represent their client. This seems almost backwards as most of the time clients pay their criminal attorneys a lot of money because they are under the assumption the more money they spend the better their defense will be.

There has been on case recently that has been be “partially” pro bono. This was the famous trial of Casey Anthony vs the State of Florida. All of her lawyers worked for a very small fee and spent almost three years prepping her defense. The real question is “Why?” Is representing Casey Anthony in her case against Florida really “for the good of the people” as pro bono suggests? Was it a social commentary on how it’s hard to find good representation when you can’t afford it? In all honesty, probably not. Nevertheless she was found not guilty in the murder of her child. In my opinion these lawyers took on this case pro bono not for the good of the people but for publicity.

A lot of employment lawyers also do pro-bono work but this time it’s truly “for the good of the people” especially when it comes to the advancement of legislation for human rights. At lot of employment attorneys will take discrimination cases whether they be age, sexual, gender, etc pro bono and then take part of the settlement as their pay. The same can be said for all personal injury attorneys. All personal injury attorneys work pro bono until settlement when they take a percentage. Sometimes this can be up to 40%… so much for the good of the people right?


Why You Should File A Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of dealing with a personal injury, you may be wondering whether you should file a personal injury law suit.

Why may some people shy away from the idea? The reasons can vary, however one factor that may play a role is effort. After suffering a personal injury, energy and motivation levels can be low. The person can be fully focused on getting better, rather than entering the world of red tape.

Often apprehension, lack of legal knowledge and a fear of adding to an already stressful situation can cause people to hesitate about the prospect of filing a law suit.

Whilst such reasons are understandable, in general they should not stand in the way. In fact, let’s take a look at a few of the key reasons why you certainly should file a personal injury law suit.

You Are Entitled To Compensation

If you have received an injury as a result of the action of another party, you have an entitlement to file for compensation for the damages caused. Remember, you may think that your injuries will only be a slight hindrance to your life, however the opposite may be the case. Recovery may take longer than you anticipated and your normal career may be a struggle for the foreseeable future.

It May Help Someone Else

Filing a personal injury law suit brings the seriousness of the situation to light. This may result in a better and safer system coming into play, or at least an increased awareness of safety. Such a benefit can come to the aid of others, perhaps even preventing a similar injury.

Whilst filing a personal injury law suit can come with a level of stress, it is an undertaking that should be seriously considered by anyone who finds themselves in such a situation.