Criminal Defense - White Collar Crimes

Written by T. Going

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Penalties for white collar offenses generally include fines, house arrest, community confinement and sometimes imprisonment. Federal agencies will many times make mistakes when prosecuting these criminals. They routinely make mistakes that violate peoples constitutional and civil rights. That is why itís so important to hire a lawyer if youíve been charged with any of these types of crimes. Just going to trial can be enough to humiliate, embarrass and often time destroyrepparttar future of a growing business. Itís best to just settle these cases outside ofrepparttar 119132 courtroom and protectrepparttar 119133 name of your business.

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Post-Divorce Alimony in Texas

Written by Scott Morgan

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For example, a party in a high tax bracket can agree to make monthly alimony payments in exchange for a more favorable property division. If repparttar receiving party is in a lower tax bracket,repparttar 119131 overall income tax paid could be significantly lower than what it would be otherwise.

Another factor to consider is how rarely Texas trial courts order maintenance, absent an agreement. The statute allows for maintenance only whenrepparttar 119132 specific statutory circumstances have been proven. There are several appellate cases that have reversed trial court decisions ordering maintenance whenrepparttar 119133 requesting party did not provide sufficient proof thatrepparttar 119134 standard had been met.

In cases where there is a large amount of community property, one ofrepparttar 119135 most effective arguments in attempting to defeat a maintenance claim is thatrepparttar 119136 requesting party will have ample resources to provide for their needs sincerepparttar 119137 party will receive a significant amount of assets from repparttar 119138 division of property.

Another common argument used to defeat a maintenance claim is that, duringrepparttar 119139 pendency ofrepparttar 119140 divorce,repparttar 119141 requesting party has not made significant attempts to either obtain employment or obtain training that would allowrepparttar 119142 party to obtain employment.

As an example, lets take a divorce case whererepparttar 119143 wife is requesting maintenance onrepparttar 119144 grounds thatrepparttar 119145 marriage is longer than ten years and that she lacksrepparttar 119146 earning ability to meet her minimum reasonable needs.

If,repparttar 119147 case has been pending for several months and atrepparttar 119148 time of trial she has still made no effort to obtain employment or improve her job skills, it will be a difficult claim to succeed upon. The court is unlikely to find that she is "unable" to meet her reasonable minimum needs and more likely to believe that she is unwilling to takerepparttar 119149 necessary steps in order to provide for her own support.


Alimony in Texas, while rarely ordered, is an important and complicated issue. It can be used as an effective settlement tool and can potentially be a significant trial issue. For someone involved in a Texas divorce case with a potential alimony issue,repparttar 119150 issue should be discussed in detail with an experienced divorce lawyer.

Scott Morgan is a practicing Texas divorce attorney. For more information on texas divorce visit his website at . The website provides general information and resources on divorce, as well as specific information on Texas divorce law.

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