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June 2012 Archives

Some Florida parents could benefit from global child support treaty

The United States is one step closer to actively collecting child support from some non-paying parents with obligations living outside the country. The House of Representatives voted to ratify a 2007 international treaty that will ensure families of support they are legally entitled to receive.

Alimony view: two-way street, imperfect concept

Depending on who you ask, alimony is either a necessary protection or an outdated condition of divorce. Alimony was originally designed to financially support spouses -- mostly women -- who exit a marriage with little-to-no personal income or earning prospects. As the earning divide between women and men shrinks, though, and women become the primary income earners in many families, there are growing clamors that the alimony system needs to be updated and, possibly, abandoned.

New Florida bills expand protections to domestic violence victims

Although lauding the statistics showing that Florida has an overall crime rate presently that is the lowest in many decades, Gov. Rick Scott recently voiced the need for additional protections to benefit would-be and actual victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Florida domestic abuse case draws wide attention; woman plans appeal

Marissa Alexander is a slender woman who stands just slightly over five feet tall. Her husband, conversely, is a 245-pound man. In a 2010 incident, Alexander fired a handgun into a kitchen wall in the couple's home, which she stated was a "warning shot" to make her husband back away from her. Alexander said that he was moving toward her in a threatening manner.

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