The Negative Effects of a Criminal Charge or Conviction in a Divorce Case

Ending a long relationship through divorce can be a stressful legal procedure as well as a demoralizing experience to many couples. But when a marital relationship comes to a point when problems outnumber and outweigh favorable situations, many (even older couples aged 50 or above and who have been married for decades) consider divorce as the most logical solution to ending their problem-plagued marriage for a brand new, peaceful and happier future.

Divorce, however, entails many essential issues that separating spouses will need to settle, either through amicable agreement or through a lawsuit wherein a family court judge will make all decisions based on various factors relating to each issue. These issues include child custody and visitation rights, child support, division of properties, assets and debts, and alimony or spousal support.

Many divorcing spouses now resort to mediated divorce, a process wherein they are given the freedom to decide on everything peacefully, amicably and privately as this divorce procedure happens only between the spouses who, with their respective lawyers (if each has one), are guided by a mediator of their own choosing.

A lawsuit, however, which is the only means to settle a contested divorce, leaves all decisions on all divorce-related issues in the hands of a judge. A contested divorce is always complicated; this is why, according to the website of law firm Arenson Law Group, PC, the assistance of a qualified family law lawyer will prove extremely valuable in making sure that your rights (as a spouse) and your interests (especially for the well being of your children) are well defended and highly considered by the court. A good lawyer can make the difference at the end of the day in contested divorces.

In a contested divorce, the odds of swaying the court to decide in favor of one spouse, who has been convicted of a crime or is facing a possible criminal conviction, can be an extremely difficult endeavor. A criminal conviction in cases, such as drug possession, alcohol and/or drug abuse/dependence, DUI, child abuse, domestic violence, aggravated assault, attempted murder, financial fraud, and so forth, can lead to unfavorable court rulings, especially, on child custody, and division of properties and assets issues. But besides having been convicted of a crime, multiple criminal charges can also influence a judge in deciding against the convicted spouse’s favor.

On its website, the law firm of Ian Inglis – Attorney at Law, explains how a criminal record, especially one relating to DWI or DUI, can have a huge impact on a person’s life. Facing unwanted severe penalties, though, can definitely be avoided, or maybe even being convicted at all, but only so long as that person is represented by a knowledgeable and experienced legal representative.

The Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., likewise explain on its website how a criminal conviction can ruin a person’s personal and future life, be it a case relating to DUI, drug possession or abuse, theft and robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, murder/homicide, etc. Thus, to save oneself from the destructive effects of a criminal conviction, seeking only the best criminal defense lawyer for the strongest defense is definitely necessary.

Unless the conviction was made many years ago and if the criminally convicted spouse has already paid for his/her crime and has undergone a rehabilitation program, then the court may just overrule such past criminal record and consider it inadmissible in a divorce lawsuit. This court act will actually be in compliance with an article in the family law which states that the remoteness of any act may not be admitted as evidence against an individual, especially if such act is not part of a recurring pattern, is not likely to be repeated and has been corrected through a rehabilitation program.

Sexual Harassment: An Illegal Conduct Punishable Under All State Laws

While the anti-sexual harassment mandate of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is imposed only on employers with at least 15 employees, there are laws enforced by the U.S. Department of State which strictly prohibit any form of sexual harassment and which warns offenders of appropriate corrective actions if allegations regarding such acts are found credible.

Sexual harassment, as defined by the U.S. Department of State, is any form of unwanted or undesirable requests for sexual favors, sexual advances or physical/verbal conduct of a sexual nature which can affect a person’s employment or his/her work performance. This illegal act may be committed either through the Quid Pro Quo type of sexual harassment of through the Hostile Environment.

Quid Pro Quo is committed by a workplace authority, such as the employer, a manager, a supervisor, etc., who has the capability to grant rewards or exact punitive actions. Thus, an employee’s promotion, benefits, awards, and other job incentives would be conditioned by his/her acceptance of, or refusal to, the sexual requests or advances made on him/her.

In a Hostile Environment, the perpetrator of the illegal act can be a superior, a (senior, junior or same level) co-worker, a customer, or anyone the victim interacts with in the workplace. This type of sexual harassment may be committed through: display of pornographic or sexually explicit materials; comments on the victim’s physical attributes or way of dressing; use of offensive or indecent language; unnecessary touching; repeated sexual teasing or sexual pranks; intentional brushing up against the victim; and, repeated suggestive sexual gestures.

Every year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives about 15,000 sexual harassment complaints from both female and male employees, though, many more are believed to be unreported. Due to this, the website of law firm Cary Kane LLP says that victims need not be afraid nor keep silent as this will only allow the perpetrators of this illegal act to go on with their offensive and unlawful conduct. The best thing to do, once a person feels and believes that he/she is being sexually harassed, is to get in touch with a lawyer immediately for the possible legal action that may need to be taken.

Self-Storage: A Safe Extra Space for Your Stuff

During the third quarter of 2010, two new television programs, Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, which featured storage auctions, were released. Though these two programs (plus the other three that began to air shortly thereafter: Storage Wars: New York; Storage Wars: Texas; and, Storage Hunters) focused on the popularity of storage auctions, one other, and more basic fact was implied – the need and use of self-storage or mini storage by thousands of Americans.

Self-storage (shorthand form for self-service storage) is a booming industry in the US. This industry is involved in the renting out or storage spaces, like rooms, containers, outdoor spaces or lockers, to individuals or businesses on a short-term basis (though longer-term leases are possible), usually a month.

As the year 2009 closed, about 58,000 self-storage facilities have been made available to anyone who needed extra space. A self-storage gave individuals and families that space where they could keep the things that they have outgrown but cannot part with, while for firms, an additional safe shelter for temporarily unused office equipment or for whatever purpose the spaces were needed.

Self-storage facilities began in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1958; the business opened next in Texas in the late 1960s. From 2000 to 2005, more than 3,000 new facilities were made available in the US every year. The need for self-storage space can be based on three things: American consumerism; American mobility; and, according to some property analysts, the older houses, built with smaller closets and rooms, and the disappearance of the American attic.

Every year, especially during the holidays, people just love to fill up their home with new stuff. The purchase of new things, however, only means need for space; but, with no extra room in the house, old stuffs will have to give up their spaces for the new ones. Re-placement, though, does not necessarily mean throwing out the old – things many people are not prepared to part with, thus, the need for self-storage.

Extra spaces, where people can keep some of their household items safely, are in demand, especially during summer when a lot of lease terms end, the time when moving to a new house is at its peak. And, if the new residence cannot house all of one’s belongings, things of secondary importance are rather kept in a self-storage.

And then there is the case of the totally new house design.

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the average American house has gotten much bigger. Up until 1973, the size of an average American house was 1,660 square feet; in 2004 it increased to 2,400 square feet. But there was one extra space missing: the attic.

Many houses, especially in the temperate states, like California, Florida and Texas (the three states that also happen to have the most self-storage facilities), were designed as ranches or bungalows with neither a basement nor an attic where old stuff can be kept and no room for a consumerist’s haul.

But ranches or bungalows are not the only houses having space problems for even modern houses now lack an attic as builders have shifted to using trusses, which are cheaper, compared to rafter-based roof frames.

Those in the self-storage industry say that in every ten U.S. households one is renting a self-storage unit. Austin self storage is one place where you can store anything that needs to be stored safely, without a high risk of damage. Not all self-storage facilities are the same; thus, make sure your belongings are kept well and protected, and accessible anytime you need to access them.