Marriage, Prenups and Divorce

A common legal step that is taken before marriage is a premarital agreement, or more commonly called a prenuptial agreement or prenup. Most people going into a marriage hardly think that they may end up in a separation or divorce, yet it happens quite a bit in our society. This prenup establishes property and financial rights of each spouse in the event of any divorce. Today, approximately one-half of all marriages in America end up in divorce. Considering a prenuptial agreement is the wise choice to make, considering the likelihood of divorce in the United States. Not only do prenups protect assets of more wealthy spouses, but they also can protect family businesses and serve other functions.

Yet the choice is up to you. There are, however, advantages and disadvantages of getting a prenuptial agreement. Although laws vary by each state, prenups can potentially protect a business or professional practice so that it is not divided with the spouse in the event of a divorce. Or, sometimes a prenup can protect the debt-free spouse from having to assume obligation of the other spouse. Further, a premarital agreement can sometimes limit the amount of spousal support that one spouse pays to the other in the event of divorce. More commonly, prenups are designed to protect persons with substantial wealth and older individuals who are going into a second marriage. Yes, second marriages are becoming more common since the first marriages are failing at an alarming rate.

You will have to weigh the odds of signing a prenup. An obvious disadvantage of signing the prenup before you get married is that you are starting a relationship that sets forth agreements on what will happen if you do divorce. Some people may say that this is not the best way to start a marriage – with lack of trust.   Other couples may say that they are too much in love to worry about such issues, as they believe that they will live with each other forever, but one spouse signs it anyway. Sometimes, by signing a prenup, the spouse that has less money or assets is giving up their right to inherit their spouse’s estate when he or she dies. By law, you are entitled to a portion of the estate even if the other spouse doesn’t even mention you in his or her will. As you can see, it is important to be informed before signing a prenup – whether you are the predominant wage-earner who may have more wealth or whether you are the spouse who may raise the family and take care of the home. Sometimes the person that takes care of the home and kids is faced with a prenup that he/she signed before marriage. If he/she is a non-wage-earning spouse, sustaining the lifestyle to which he/she has become accustomed to during the marriage can be challenging. The prenup can substantially limit the amount of spousal support that he/she can obtain in the event of divorce. Getting the assistance of a family law attorney, like Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, may be helpful to sort out your questions and concerns. Being sure that your rights and interests are protected is always a major consideration in any premarital agreement.

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Serious Accidents in Pennsylvania Continue to Occur

Cars are one of the most common forms of transportation across the United States. They are a fast and convenient way to get wherever you need to go, and many people rely on them every day to get to work, the store, or any other possible destination. Nonetheless, car travel is extremely dangerous, due to high speeds, bad road conditions, and the negligent actions of other drivers. There are thousands of crashes that occur across the country each year, and they can lead to serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, like every other state, Pennsylvania faces its fair share of car accidents each year that have devastating results.

In August 2017, a 16-year-old boy from Waverly Pennsylvania was killed in a car accident. He was driving on Bungy road when he lost control of his car and hit a telephone pole. Despite wearing a seatbelt, his injuries were severe, and he was found dead on the scene when police arrived. This is a tragic accident that it is unlikely the boy’s family or other loved ones will ever fully recover from. In this event, even though there were no other drivers present, we must ask ourselves if there was some way this accident could have been prevented. Perhaps the roads were in bad condition, or his car had a defect that allowed it to go out of control. In either of these cases, had another individual taken the time and care to look for possible dangers this senseless death may have been prevented.

However, this was not the only serious car accident in Pennsylvania in August of 2017. The Haredi family found themselves in an accident while driving home to Cleveland after a vacation in Pennsylvania. The driver did not see a tractor trailer that was parked on the side of the road and rear-ended the vehicle at high speed. Although the driver suffered only minor injuries, his four children were rushed to the hospital and are in critical condition. This is another case where it is difficult to determine the exact cause of the accident. The driver could have been distracted or tired while driving, causing him to be unable to see the vehicle in front of him. Another possibility is that the tractor trailer was parked on the road illegally or without the proper signage and lighting to indicate its presence. In either case, this accident could have been prevented, and the Haredi family could be happily home in Cleveland.

Car accidents such as these are tragic to learn about, particularly if there was a chance they could have been stopped. Both the Haredi family and the family of the 16-year-old driver must now face the emotional devastation and the financial losses associated with these serious accidents.

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Sexual Battery in Florida

Patting a person’s buttocks, forcing a kiss on the mouth, forcing another to touch an intimate part of your body, touching another person’s victim’s genital area and/or grabbing or fondling a woman’s breast are considered sexual battery, a type of sex crime that is less serious because it does not involve penetration.

Sexual battery refers to any form of non-consensual or unwanted sexual contact or touching, without involving sexual intercourse or penetration. But while some states only refer to this crime as criminal sexual contact, rather than criminal sexual penetration, other states use sexual battery interchangeably with rape. Some states also use the term interchangeably with sexual assault, child molestation or indecency with a child, if the sexual contact is done to a minor.

Perpetrators of the crime of sexual battery are usually known to victims; they can be a victim’s relative, dating partner, classmate, neighbor, acquaintance, co-worker, friend, or even a spouse. As explained by the University of Florida Police Department, however, this criminal act is not motivated by sexual desire. It is, rather, an aggressive attack and a violent crime with the aim of humiliating, hurting and controlling a victim through sex. In Florida too, if sexual battery is committed by someone (over 17 years old) on a victim below 12, with the victim eventually sustaining injuries to the sexual organ as a result of the assault, then the crime is punished as capital felony, wherein the sentence can be life imprisonment or death.

According to a Destin sex crime defense attorney, “It is hard to think of a crime with more of a negative social stigma than a sexually related offense. When it comes to sex crimes, most people tend to think you are guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around. Just being accused of such a terrible crime is enough to ruin your reputation, your career, and your family. And that is only the beginning. If you are convicted of a sex crime in Destin or anywhere in Florida, you will likely go to prison for a very long time and be forced to register as a sexual offender for the rest of your life.

When faced with such a terrifying ordeal, it would be easy to decide that there is no hope. That there is no way to get around the fact that your life is over and you are going to prison. Do NOT make this mistake. Just because you have been accused does not mean it is a sure thing that you will get convicted. What it does mean, however, is that you must make a decision right now, before it is too late, that you are going to fight back and do everything with the help from a skilled and experienced sex crimes lawyer.”

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Common Injuries in the Office

Workplace accidents not just happen in inherently hazardous workplace environments such as construction sites and factories. They also happen in everyday offices, where unsuspecting employees in suits and dresses sustain head injuries, neck and back issues, fractures, and sprains.

Many of the accidents in offices are preventable, and the first step to prevent them is to know them and their causes.

Lifting
Lifting is not exclusive to physically demanding jobs such as in construction. It can also be a task for office workers. Most of the things they lift are relatively lighter, such as files and documents, but it doesn’t mean that these workers are not vulnerable to lifting injuries. Improper posture and manner of lifting can cause neck and back problems.

To prevent injuries, always seek the assistance of an office worker so you do not overexert yourself. If nobody is available to help you, use a lifting aid such as a cart or truck.

Slip and Fall
There are hazards in the workplace that may cause employees to slip and fall. These hazards include obstructions such as loose wires, carpets, and opened drawers, and slippery materials such as spilled drinks and loose papers.

To prevent slip and fall accidents, make sure that these hazards are reported immediately, so appropriate action can be done. Also, be mindful of your surroundings.

Workstation Ergonomics
Sometimes, injuries are not as animated as lifting accidents and slip and fall accidents. They may be silent but equally devastating. A good example is how the ergonomics of your workstation can give you physical problems. Not sitting properly might put a strain on your neck and back, as you level yourself with the monitor. It might also strain your wrists and hands, as you adjust to the level of the keyboard.

To prevent ergonomics issues, make sure that your workstation is properly designed for your comfort. If possible, also take breaks such as short walks to avoid being in the same position for a long time.

The office is a place of productivity. It is the last place you want accidents to occur. You might even miss time at work and have financial issues because of accidents. In the instances where the injuries have been caused by negligent employers, lawsuits are even possible.

But prevention will always be a better choice. By being mindful of the hazards of lifting, slipping, falling, and workplace ergonomics, you are helping yourself to prevent workplace injuries and their medical and financial consequences.

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The Importance of Wedding Makeup

For most women, their wedding is one of the most important days in their life. As such, they want to be in their most stunning look. However, some women tend to overdo looking at their best by doing their own makeup. So rather than look at their best, they end up being talked about for the wrong reason and that is for not having the right wedding makeup.

Having the best look during the day of your wedding is important for a variety of reasons. According to Houston wedding makeup experts, wedding makeup can bring your inner beauty to the surface. As the woman of the hour, you would be in front of all your guests, family, and relatives so you want to be the most beautiful in the church and reception. Having the best wedding makeup can give you a feeling of security especially on your wedding day.

Doing your own makeup in order to save money can be a huge mistake. Letting a professional makeup artist do your makeup can have excellent benefits. First of all, they know how to bring out your best features. They have the ability to make your makeup complement your hair and dress. As you will be taking a lot of pictures, your makeup artist will be able to style you up for photographs.

Finally, a makeup artist knows about the right products and techniques for ensuring that you still look your best at the end of your special day. At the end of it all, your wedding will be one of the most talked about not only because of the food and ceremonies but also because of the bride.

These are just some of the reasons why choosing the right makeup is important especially on a woman’s wedding day. Every woman longs for a dream wedding and wearing the best makeup is the start of that perfect wedding.

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