Standard of Living Considered For Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is an issue that frequently comes up during a divorce.  It is commonly referred to as alimony and consists of one spouse making frequent payments to the other spouse as ordered by the courts. In a recent blog in The Huffington Post, it gave light to the common idea that after a divorce, individuals should still be able to “enjoy the standard of living to which they have become accustomed.” In California, their law says that the standard of living for spouses needs to be considered when determining spousal maintenance.  However, it can be frequently overlooked. When going through a divorce, […]

After an extensive amount of time in the courts, it was decided in July of 2014 that Clay Aiken, former runner-up on American Idol, is to receive child support from his five-year-old son’s mother. In 2008, Aiken and his then best friend, Jaymes Foster, decided that they would have a kid together.  Foster had been the executive producer of Aiken’s last three albums through RCA. Although Aiken has identified himself as a homosexual, they agreed to have a son and raise the son together. However, since 2008, they have been fighting over the custody.  Aiken has complained that he has not […]

Missing Boy Found Shows Signs of Abuse

On June 14, a 12-year-old boy went missing in Detroit. When he was found in his basement 11 days later signs of abuse were discovered. His father, Bothuell IV, was shocked he was found in the basement after he had previously release a plea to find him. The Boys Tragic Life: When found, Charles “Charlie” Bothuell V, had signs of abuse and neglect from his father and step-mother. He was transported to the hospital where doctor observed circular scars on his body. The young boy claimed he was disciplined with a PVC pipe. Using the pipe, his father would dig […]

Former “The View” hostess Sherri Shepherd and husband Lamar Sally, are in the process of a brutal divorce. Like most divorces, included in the squabble is child custody. Things get tricky for the former hostess, because the child is unborn and the mother to be doesn’t want anything to do with the child. Ultimately, a judge will choose who will be responsible for the care and financing of the conceived child, which is being conceived with a surrogate. Shepherd has no intention of raising the child or paying one cent. The baby was created with Sally’s sperm and a donated […]

NY Mother Arrested After Abandoning Child

Frankena Dabbs, a 20 year old mother, was put into custody after abandoning her baby. The woman pushed the child’s stroller onto Columbia Circle Stations platform, and then returned to the train. The 10 month old baby was found abandoned on the Manhattan subway station when authorites where called. Frankena was found near Central Park. When questioned she claimed she could no longer care for the child and felt that she left her in a safe environment. Frankena is facing charges of child abandonment and acting in a manner injurious to a child. The baby was examined at Roosevlelt Hospital […]

Is Divorce Contagious?

  For 12 years Jeffrey Meshel was lawfully wed, but he did not describe his marital status as happy. For several years in his marriage he referred to it as“cohabitation” rather than a loving and joyful relationship. The 57-year-old had contemplated divorce, but always brushed the idea aside in order to protect his two children. Meshel finally reached a point where he could not stand his state of life any longer. His mind again turned to divorce. Afraid to make the commitment, he turned to his close friends. He found that six of them had experienced divorce. Meshel examined their […]

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