Dividing Assets and Debts During Divorce

While there are many important issues to be worked out during divorce, one of the most important to consider is the division of property, both debts and assets. There are two ways that these can be distributed – through equitable distribution and community property. Most states, however, use equitable distribution.

Despite its name, equitable distribution doesn’t mean equal. Rather, it means fair distribution of properties, other assets, and debts. In order to divide property and debts, there are many factors that are considered, including both the marital properties and separate properties. Although separate properties will not be divided between the two spouses, it often does have a significant effect on how the marital properties will be distributed. Other factors that could affect the distribution are:

  • Age, physical, emotional, mental health, and length of marriage
  • Income and earning potential of each spouse
  • Present value of any marital property, as well as the income and property contributed by each spouse during the marriage
  • Standard of living created during the whole marriage
  • Possible economic situation of each spouse once the divorce becomes final
  • Conjugal debts and liabilities, along with the ability of each spouse to pay for them
  • Possible tax repercussions of each spouse
  • The need for the custodial parent to keep the marital home along with its household effects
  • The assistance or aid of one spouse to the education, training, or earning power of the other spouse
  • Contribution of each spouse as a homemaker, as well as their contribution in obtaining any marital property

There are also times where the court can penalize spouses for their wasteful use of marital property, whether it be during the marriage or after the separation. Any abuse or infidelity is also something the court often considers.

Equitable distribution is only done in court; therefore, it is typically used only when both spouses have not agreed on the distribution of their properties. However, distribution of properties can be talked over by the spouses themselves, or with their respective lawyers, resolving these issues without taking them to court.

Keeping Your Family Safe From Toxic Substances

Physical injuries brought about by toxic substances can be life-threatening and could lead to devastating effects. While some toxic substances can have immediate visible effects to the health, others may take a longer time to see evident symptoms, making it more difficult to really pin-point the culprit of the disease that has affected the body long after the exposure.

Suffering from an injury or harm due to exposure to a toxic substance, whether deliberate or accidental, can be a reason for filing a lawsuit. When you or anyone in your family has been a victim of exposure to a toxic substance, you can get assistance from experienced personal injury attorneys who can help you pursue the compensation you need to cover the costs of any losses you experienced because of exposure to a dangerous product.

When people hear “toxic substance” they easily think about toxic chemicals which only certain people have access to. However, anyone is at risk of being exposed to a toxic substance, and these different types of toxic substance cases can help you understand how:

  1. Consumer products – certain chemicals can be mixed in products such as dog food, containers, toys and even cigarettes.
  2. Chemicals and pesticides – the food we eat can be full of pesticides which can cause health complications when taken in large doses.
  3. Prescription medications – there are certain medications which can complicate a patients disease or ailment, or where the manufacturer has not warned the patient of the side effects, causing further health injuries or harm.
  4. Industrial materials– certain chemicals are necessary in certain workplaces, therefore putting workers in direct harm of toxic exposure.
  5. Hazardous wastes – toxic substances which are improperly disposed or stored, therefore are causing toxic harm to the environment and the people around the area.

Toxic exposure can occur anywhere; at your home, school, workplace, hospitals, and even parks. It can have overwhelming effects, not only on your health, but also to everyone and everything around it. Because of the complication and intricacy surrounding personal injury law, talking with knowledgeable personal injury attorneys could greatly enhance your chances of successful  compensation as well as getting the responsible people pay for their wrong-doing.

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Study Indicates Mothers Abused during Childhood More Likely to Have Autistic Children

A recent study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health has found that women who were abused during their childhood are more likely to have children with autism spectrum disorders.

The study surveyed more than 50,000 women on whether or not they suffered any physical or mental abuse during their childhood. An indication of severe physical abuse, for example, would be being hit hard enough to leave a bruise. These women were also asked if their children have ever been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

AutismThe study found that women who were severely abused as children were up to 60% more likely than women who were not abused to have autistic children.

The study accounted for the normal risk of autism as well as the fact that women who were abused are more likely to exhibit the behaviors that are suspected to contribute to the development of autism. These findings are important because they indicate that child abuse can affect the next generation in addition to the children who are abused.