Friday, 27 September 2013

Wealthy Females More Likely to Insist on Prenuptial Agreements

According to the results of a new study published recently on Huffington Post, female millionaires are much more likely to insist on prenuptial agreements before marriage, compared to their male counterparts.
The study focused on the dating, marriage and other related practices of the superrich and involved millionaires, both males and females. The survey was conducted by
Approximately 15,000 millionaires were surveyed as part of the study.  The survey found, not surprisingly, that male millionaires have different dating expectations, compared to their female counterparts. The study found that most or close to 80% of millionaire males seek out females who are less well-off, or not millionaires.
However, in contrast, about 82% of the millionaire women said that they would prefer to date another millionaire. The researchers speculate that it is likely that male millionaires are much more interested in sharing their wealth with the less fortunate, while female millionaires are much more interested in protecting their assets.
Similar differences were seen in the attitude towards prenuptial agreements. When a person brings millions of dollars in assets into a marriage, he needs to do everything possible to protect those assets, considering that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. However, only about 17% of the millionaire males said that they would insist on a prenuptial agreement before marriage. In sharp contrast, about 82% of the female millionaires said that they would insist that their partner sign a prenuptial agreement before walking down the aisle.
Clearly when it comes to prenups and protecting assets, at least according to the survey results, females seemed to be the sharper of the species.

Monday, 26 August 2013

School Holiday Stress Can Increase the Risk of Divorce

The long summer vacation can increase parental stress to the extent that they actually end up considering divorce.
According to a new study that was conducted in the United Kingdom, as many as 1/5th of British parents consider divorce after the long summer break. According to the survey that was conducted by an UK-based-divorce law firm, the holidays for many British parents are not just about having fun with their children. They are also a stressed time of the year.
The survey was based on a questionnaire that was given to more than 2000 adults, and found that as many as 1/5th of parents, actually consider divorce or separation just before the children are due to return to school after the summer. There are several reasons for this. For one thing, holidays can mean great financial stress parents.
One of the more common reasons why parents end up economically stressed is the need to take expensive vacations with the family. Most of the people in the survey admitted that they did feel high financial pressure during the summer holidays, and it wasn't just the vacations that contributed to this. Expensive childcare also contributed to the expenses for working parents.
Another reason why parents often postpone their divorce or separation plans till after the children's summer vacation, is timing. Many parents don't want to spoil the summer vacations with news of an impending divorce, and therefore postpone those plans till just before their children are due to return back to school.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Feds Focus on Drowsy Driving Risks from Prescription Drugs

The number of motorists who drive in an impaired state after taking medications is high across the country. However, it has been a challenge for the federal administration to deal with this very pressing highway safety issue, because many of these motorists are driving under the influence of prescription drugs, like sleep medication.
However, Orlando car accident lawyers now see signs that the federal administration is taking these challenges very seriously. For instance, the Food and Drug Administration recently decided to reject a petition filed by pharmaceutical giant Merck for a new sleep drug. Tests showed that the sleep drug affected people’s driving abilities the next day.
Earlier this year, the agency also warned persons who took common anti-allergy and cough and cold medications like Benadryl, to avoid driving the next day, saying that many of the sedative effects of such medications are likely to carry on into the next day as well. In January, the Food and Drug Administration required manufacturers of Ambien and other sedatives to cut down dosage requirements for women by half.
The Food andDrug Administration also intends to more closely examine all sleep medications that are currently available in the market, and plans to ask companies to conduct more extensive driving tests using these drugs. The main   concern has been the person’s driving abilities, not just a few hours after he takes medication, but the morning after the person has taken the medication. The effect of many sleep medications can continue into the next morning, leaving the person feeling very drowsy and increasing his risk of being involved in an accident.
While everyone agrees on the impairing effects of many sleep medications and other medications, there are no one-shot solutions.   Medications affect different people in different ways, creating a challenge in restricting driving under the influence of these drugs.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Spike in Military Sex Crime Prosecutions

The increasing number of sex crimes being reported in the military has led to a corresponding increase in the number of prosecutions targeting such crimes. 
According to new data released by the Marine Corps and Navy, suspected sex crimes accounted for a significant portion of the major court martials that were conducted by the Marines during the first half of this year.
According to the data, during the first six months of 2013, there were 290 major court-martials, and out of these, as many as 29% or 63 of the cases involved suspected sex crimes.  In fact according to the data, the ratio of sex crime cases is even higher in the category of the most serious court-martials involving local Marines.
For instance, out of the 33 general court-martials that were conducted at West Coast Marine Installations, as many as 54% or 21 were related to sex crimes.  Out of these, seven cases involved sex crimes against children.  These crimes included child pornography possession and indecent contact. 
Sex crimes against children are some of the most serious crimes that any person could be charged with, and penalties can include lifelong registration on a sex offender registry.  Penalties can also include long-term restrictions on where the sex offender can live, and a requirement that he make any change in his address known to local police.
California sex crime lawyers know that the military is under tremendous pressure to investigate sex crimes more thoroughly, especially after a number of high-profile sex crimes in the military that have been reported in the media.  The military commitment to Congress that it will stringently prosecute sex crime cases is no doubt responsible for the spike in prosecutions.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Sex Abuse Charges against Swim Coach Dismissed

Local prosecutors have dismissed sex abuse charges against a former swim coach at the University of Utah.
The former swim coach Greg Winslow had been accused of molesting a 15-year-old female swimmer under his care at a swim club where he was the coach. Winslow worked at the Arizona State University earlier as a former assistant coach, and soon became the head coach of another swim club in 2005. Under his tenure, the swim club had several swimming competition wins, and several of his members also made to the US National Jr Team. He has had a very successful career.
In 2007, he became head coach at Utah University, but in 2007, was dismissed from his position when allegations of sexual abuse began to surface.
He has outright denied these allegations that were made by the victim who is now in her 20s. She filed a report against Winslow in 2012, alleging that he had kissed and fondled her in his office at the Arizona State University swim club, and also on some out of town trips.
Right from the very start, these allegations against Winslow had several inconsistencies. For example, the victim's family members, contemporaries and other coaches denied that they had ever witnessed any kind of inappropriate behavior between Winslow and the alleged victim. The victim then alleged that some of these incidents occurred when the coach and she were on a swim trip outside the state, which happens to be outside the jurisdiction of local Maricopa County law enforcement.
Now, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has announced that it will drop sex abuse charges against Winslow. It appears to Irvine sex crime lawyers that a grand jury failed to present an indictment in this case.

Friday, 28 June 2013

That 70s Show Actress Arrested for DUI

Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her turn on the hit  “ That 70s Show” series was recently arrested for DUI.  This was not the actress’s first DUI arrest, and she was arrested three years back for the same offence.
The arrest occurred when the actress's car stalled on a road in Burbank, and California Highway Patrol officers arrived to help her move her car.  The officers noticed signs of intoxication, and the actress was administered an alcohol test.  She was arrested soon after, and has been released on a $ 5,000 bail.
The last time Kelly was arrested for DUI was back in 2010, when she pleaded guilty to charges of driving under the influence.  Those charges were filed in North Carolina, where she was arrested for DUI.  The actress currently lives in North Carolina.
In March 2012, she was arrested again on suspicion of assault.  That arrest was linked to suspicion of spousal abuse.
Her mug shot after her DUI arrest has been splashed across the media, as often happens after any celebrity is arrested for driving under the influence.  Reese Witherspoon and her husband were arrested recently in a much-publicized DUI arrest that also had their photographs publicized in the media.  More recently, Erin Brockovich, the woman behind the hit movie starring Julia Roberts, also had her picture plastered in the media to wide ridicule after being arrested for DUI. 
This kind of” picture shaming” on the part of the media is extremely unfair, but Los Angeles DUI lawyers believe that this practice is not likely to stop any time soon.  Kelly has admitted earlier to a drinking problem that was triggered by a miscarriage, which ultimately led to her being removed from the show. Clearly, the actress is need of help for her problem, and not ridicule.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Former Catholic Deacon Sentenced to Six Years for Child Pornography

Convictions of clergymen who have been convicted of child sexual abuse and child molestation have become so commonplace over the past decade, which they don't even make the main headlines anymore.  In the most recent such conviction, a former Catholic Deacon in Alabama was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of child pornography, but not before also confessing to sexual abuse of children in the past.
82-year-old Robert L. Nouwen has a solid reputation in the community.  However, in spite of his reputation and advanced years, the judge was not willing to be lenient with him.  According to the judge, it is important to take into account the defendant's conduct, no matter what his age.
Nouwen was charged with ordering several dollars worth of movies from a Canadian company.  The US Postal Inspection Service was able to track down his location.  However, by the time he was arrested, he had managed to destroy the movies.  Officers searched his home as well as computer, but did not find any evidence of child pornography. 
The investigation was really not going anywhere, and officers were ready to give up, when Nouwen admitted to buying the movies.  He also admitted to numerous incidents of sexual abuse against young boys that he had committed in the past.
According to the law enforcement officers, they had no idea about these sexual abuse cases against young boys, and had not intended any investigation for these.  If he had not admitted to these crimes, they would never have had a clue.
His attorneys say that the sexual crimes are the result of an unnatural and undesirable family environment.  He lost his mother when he was five years old, and his alcoholic father then abandoned him.  He was then put in an orphanage when he was 12 years old, and was sexually abused at the orphanage.