2017: the Year of Celebrity Divorces

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Family Law | 0 comments

Celebrities are everywhere in American culture. They show us stunning examples of what to wear, what to eat, and what to read. We love staying in the loop of their lives and sharing in their successes. The limelight shines on all facets and when strife and loss are prevalent private affairs become blown up public spectacles. Nowhere is this truer than in the instance of high profile celebrity divorces.

This recent year has seen some castle fortified marriages come crumbling down under unforeseen sieges. From actors Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor to business magnate Wissam Al Mana and musician Janet Jackson. But perhaps the most tragic split to date is comedian Anna Faris and blockbuster movie star, Chris Pratt. The couple has been married for eight years after meeting on the set of 2017 movie, Take Me Home Tonight. However, there is a potential light at the end of the tunnel for Faris-Pratters. Recently and among a swarm of divorce coverage, the two movie stars have checked into couple’s therapy. Could this be a sign that the divorce may just be a rough patch or are they doing this for the child they share together? The speculation is boundless and tantalizing. As of right now, the couple is officially separated until further actions are taken in the course of their divorce. The Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka states that while separation has no official legal status, with an experienced attorney’s assistance the issues driving a wedge between a couple to contemplate divorce can be resolved. Another dazzling celebrity couple breaking apart like a re-entering meteor are the blockbuster star Scarlett Johansson and journalist Romain Dauriac. What started as a fairly civil and private affair has morphed into a public battle for custody of the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Rose. Dauriac wants the child to be raised in his home country of France. Johansson has been an amazing example of motherhood as she refuses to comment of her divorce publically out of respect and for her daughter who will undoubtedly read about the situation when she’s older.

While it is very easy and fun to be whirled into the world of razzle and dazzle of celebrity life, it is important to remember that they are people with private lives when not on camera. The divorce process is a sticky and gooey situation which can bring out the worst of people; having to go through a divorce followed daily by cameras can only be exhausting. Acting in front of a camera doesn’t give people the right to your daily routine and life.

Nobody ever wants to go through a divorce let alone publicly. It can almost see like celebrities go through so much life in every movie they appear in but in reality, their private life is their personal haven. Sometimes personal havens can go through strife and hard times. I can only hope for the best for Chris and Anna, Scarlett and Romain, and the other couples going through this rough time.

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Rising Danger in the NFL: Concussions

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Personal Injury, Worker Injuries | 0 comments

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury wherein the victim’s brain has been violently shaken and damaged after receiving significant force onto the head or body. This can have various physical effects, including constant headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, ringing in the areas, and vomiting, and cognitive effects, including difficulty in concentrating, memorizing, speaking, and understanding speech.

This kind of injury can be sustained in many scenarios, such as car accidents, workplace accidents, recreational accidents, and, the ones that are often overlooked, sports accidents, particularly in the NFL.

Finding fault

In the other scenarios, the victims are not necessarily at fault, because they can be involved in car accidents because of other reckless motorists, workplace accidents because of negligent employers, and recreational accidents because of defective facilities. But what about sports like the NFL?

American football has been known to be a violent sport, especially because of the intense collisions between players, as this can put players at risk of significant force onto the head that may lead into traumatic brain injuries such as concussions.

It can be argued that it is the players’ fault themselves, because they already know what they are getting into, yet they have pursued their careers and sacrificed their health just for the love of the game, money, and fame.

But not because they have willingly dived into the game knowing the occupational hazards, it automatically means that they are at fault, because the NFL organization or the team management can play a role as well.

Finding solutions

The NFL organization and team management can actually encourage concussions, in the sense that the organization has failed to recognize the risk of brain injuries and the management has failed to cater to their players’ safety.

According to the website of Ali Mokaram Lawyer, coaches may encourage players to continue to play after getting banged up, and these professionals may not be able to disobey because of how their contracts are often partially dependent on field performance.

So, even if the players enter the game knowing the risks of injuries such as concussions, other people, such as those from the NFL organization and team management, can unwarrantedly increase those risks.

Today, a lot of former NFL players have stood up and taken their cases to court to fight this negligent idea that these third parties can just put players out there with increased risk of concussions. This can shake the entire league and may force it to implement more restrictions to prevent such injuries.

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Payment of Child Support: A Legal Duty of Non-custodial Parents

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Couples with child/children, but who decide to end their union or relationship through divorce still face the legal obligation of financially providing for all the needs of their child/children, particularly those below 18 years old. This financial provision, which should be used solely for a child’s care and support, is called child support or child maintenance and this is paid on a regular basis (usually monthly) to the custodial parent or to a court-appointed guardian, caregiver or to the government (if any of the parents cannot perform custodial duty due to medical condition or if both are deemed unfit by the court).

Child support is one of the major concerns which spouses, or people who enter into a relationship and have a child, will need to settle due to divorce, separation, annulment/dissolution of a marital/civil union, or determination of parentage. Being a court order, payment of child support is, therefore, a legal obligation (which cannot be dismissed even upon declaration of bankruptcy). Non-payment of this court-ordered support is illegal under Federal law and those convicted can face fines and time in jail.

While the passing of the Child Support Recovery Act (CSRA) in 1992 made child support a major concern of the Federal government, the state and local authorities are the ones usually charged with the enforcement of this law. The joint effort, however, plus the CSRA and the method employed by the state in enforcing the law have proven totally effective and efficient, especially in determining the whereabouts of those who try to flee to other states to escape payment of child support (it is important to know that those who owe at least $2,500 in child support are not entitled to receive a U.S. passport. This mandate is from the U.S. Passports & International Travel of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. Upon settlement of owed amount it may still take the Passport Services 2-3 weeks before it gets approval to process passport application)

Custodial parents have the right to ask government and law enforcement officials for help in seeking payment (from the obligor or the non-custodial parent) for child support or child support arrears. To better provide this help, “Title IV-D” agencies have been created in each state, with the maintenance of a State PLS (parent locator service) as one of its tasks.

Upon discovery of an obligor’s whereabouts, he/she can face federal prosecution if it can be proven that he/she willfully failed to pay child support, if he/she has skipped payment for more than 1 year, or if the amount owed is more than $5,000. The charge to this crime was only a criminal misdemeanor until the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act (DPPA) of 1998 made changes to make the charge more serious and the punishments, harsher.

In its website, the Beauchamp Law Office, P.C., gives emphasis on the legality both of a child support agreement and the amount of support as determined by the court. This is why it is very important that the non-custodial parent adheres to the agreement or court order as payment of support is essential for the welfare of the child. Seeking the help of a qualified divorce lawyer during the divorce process is equally important as this will ensure the representation needed in fighting for the child’s best interests.

Important information about child support, how decisions regarding this divorce-related issue is arrived at, how to enforce or modify support arrangements are shared in a website with address, http://www.marshalltaylorlawfirm.com/. The information shared in this website may provide custodial parents the answers they need if child support is not paid by their former partner.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Its Symptoms

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The brain is obviously one of the most important parts of the body, that is why a traumatic brain injury can have significant effects in your life. A traumatic brain injury occurs when an outside force damages the brain. This force may come from various scenarios, like car accidents, explosions, product defects, and work-related accidents.

A traumatic brain injury caused by a negligent or reckless party may be subject to a lawsuit, so it is very clear that such an injury are taken seriously even be non-medical professionals. Many law firms like the Erez law firm specialize in cases pertaining to negligent behavior, ranging from broker negligence to incidents resulting in brain injury.

Mild traumatic brain injury

Also known as concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury may knock out a person for 30 minutes or less. But it can also not knock you out but will leave you feeling dazed. The symptoms of having mild traumatic brain injury include:

  • Concentration problems
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Memory issues
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensory problems like blurred vision and ringing in the ears
  • Sensitivity to light or sound

These symptoms may come immediately after the injury, but there are instances where they only arise after a few days or weeks.

Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

Concussion lawyer, Ali Mokaram, claims that moderate to severe traumatic brain injury has the same symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury, but the extent of the symptoms is much more serious and longer-lasting. Other symptoms may include the following:

  • Coma
  • Convulsions
  • Dilation of pupils
  • Fluids in the nose and ears
  • Numbness in fingers and toes
  • Poor body coordination
  • Trouble speaking

Moderate traumatic brain injury is most likely sustained if you have been unconscious for more than 30 minutes, while a severe one if you have been knocked out for more than 24 hours.

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Abuses Should Have No Place in Nursing Homes

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

There are various why nursing home abuse is committed. It can be because of lack in the number of staff, resulting to overworked aides and nurses who grow impatient with all the work and requests of residents, untrained personnel, and/or, incompetent management. The underlying cause of all these reasons, though, is simply negligence and this fault paves the way for more abuses to be committed.

In February 2015, there were about 15,700 nursing home facilities in the U.S. which housed about 1.4 million residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Though nursing homes advertise provision of quality care and attention to their residents, this is hardly the case since majority of them do not even have the needed number of staff workers, nurses or certified assistant nurses to see to all the needs of residents. The result instead are acts of neglect and abuses, such as of residents being shouted at and humiliated, being left unattended despite complaints of pain due to bedsore, being left without food, not given their medication on time, being left in a non-sanitized room or worse, being made to suffer physical abuse, emotional abuse or sexual abuse, which is the most degrading and wicked of all types of abuses.

Despite the gravity of the offense, sexual abuse is the least reported type of abuse due to the humiliation the victim feels. Commission of sexual abuse includes showing of pornographic materials, forced nudity, fondling, forcing another resident to kiss or touch the victim and, worst of all, forced penetrative acts. Many victims choose to remain silent rather than talk about their ordeal at the hands of their abuser. Some also become withdrawn, silent, sensitive to touch, evasive of eye contact and low-esteemed. Often sexually abused victims sustain laceration or other wounds which he/she would refuse to explain the cause of.

Sexual abuse in nursing homes has real consequences for its victims. They begin to feel unsafe around other people and must live with the terror of knowing the abuse could happen again. Thus, sexual abuse, or any form of abuse, for that matter, should have no place in nursing homes. To learn more about victims’ right in the event of sexual abuse, the content of this website may be able to provide you with the information you may just need – click here:

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