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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2013 – A pediatricians’ association has come out in favor of same-sex marriage and adoption rights. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released a statement in the journal “Pediatrics” calling for same-sex couples to have the legal right to marry. The statement also backed adoption by those couples, a practice largely – but not universally – legal in the United States. “Same-sex marriage is the subject of a lot of legal wrangling, and adoption can be difficult for some of these couples as well,” Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker commented. “Supporters will […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – A Florida appeals court has declared part of the state’s workers compensation system unconstitutional. The case involved an injured firefighter’s battle for disability benefits. The 1st District Court of Appeal invalidated a law that set a limit of two years on temporary disability benefits. Under that law, St. Petersburg Fire Department employee Bradley Westphal saw his disability payments cut off in 2011. Although unable to return to work, he was not eligible for permanent disability payments because he did not meet the criteria. Zephyrhills personal injury attorney Robert Alston, who is […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2013 – A Florida man falsely accused of owing child support has won a decisive legal victory. Tony Schehtman, a businessman living in Miami, became involved in a lengthy dispute when his ex-wife accused him of failing to pay $3,632.25 in child support. A Miami-Dade judge recently brought a dramatic end to the case, calling prosecutors’ actions “reprehensible” and “irresponsible” and ordering them to pay Schehtman’s legal fees. Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker, who is not involved in the case, commented, “When a marriage ends badly, it is not uncommon to see jaded […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2013 – Social Security checks will soon be phased out in favor of direct deposits. Beginning on March 1, nearly all Social Security checks will no longer be sent by mail. The change, a cost-cutting measure by the Treasury Department, has irked some, but may benefit others. Zephyrhills Social Security lawyer Robert Alston commented, “Some 5 million Americans still receive their Social Security benefits by mail. For many of them, this is not a welcome change.” The two options that will continue to be available for receiving benefits are direct deposit into a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – The Hillsborough County Commission has voted down a proposed domestic partnership registry. By a vote of four to three, the Commission recently rejected a registry for unmarried domestic partners. Commissioners Les Miller and Kevin Beckner voted with Mark Sharpe, who sponsored the measure, to create the registry. Al Higginbotham, Ken Hagan, Victor Crist and Sandy Murman voted against it. Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker commented, “This would have created a simple way for unmarried partners in the county to register for certain basic legal arrangements and protections. It is unfortunate the […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2013 – There are new Compassionate Allowance conditions, says Social Security. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced 35 additions to its list of Compassionate Allowances (CAL) conditions, serious ailments allowed for an official determination of eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits in a matter of days instead of months or years. The additions bring the total number of CAL conditions to 200. Zephyrhills social security attorney, Robert Alston praised the news, saying, “The Compassionate Allowances program is a huge help to individuals suffering from certain highly debilitating diseases. Applying for social security […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2013 – The state of Kansas filed suit to force a Topeka man to pay child support for a three-year-old girl he fathered after donating sperm to a lesbian couple. Zephyrhills divorce attorney Marcie Baker, reached for comment, said, “The Kansas case is the unfortunate result of a lack of understanding of the law governing sperm donations and parental responsibility.” In 2009, William Marotta, 46, responded to a Craigslist ad posted by a local couple, Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer, who wished to find a sperm donor so that they could fulfill their […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 28, 2012 – The U.S. Census Bureau says nearly 60 percent of parents do not receive all of the child support to which they are entitled. “Unfortunately, a growing majority of parents do not get all the child support they are owed,” said Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “In this stagnant economy, that trend is likely to continue.” Court orders of child support can be enforced with the help of a family law attorney. State law also requires the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) to assist in the collection of child support. Some who […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 18, 2012 – A recent nationwide study points out the dangers of “bounce houses” – large inflatable playpens for children. “Wherever children gather to play, safety is paramount,” said Zephyrhills personal injury lawyer Robert Alston. “Manufacturers have a responsibility to meet safety standards, and anyone providing access to these toys has a responsibility to provide adequate supervision.” The study suggests that as many as 30 children per day visit emergency rooms nationwide due to injuries sustained in bounce houses, including sprains, concussions, and broken bones. Children may be tempted to crowd into bounce houses […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2012 – It is important for couples who have decided to get divorced to separate credit card accounts and existing credit card debt. A little care and diligence goes a long way to protecting both parties’ credit and overall finances. “Credit cards can create problems even in happy marriages,” commented Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “For divorcing couples, it is very important to separate each party’s credit from the other’s.” First, gather all relevant data. This means that both parties should obtain a credit report from each of the three major agencies: Equifax, […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2012 – An Oregon court has made public thousands of pages of records belonging to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The records detail allegations of sexual abuse by volunteers within the organization and are officially known as the Ineligible Volunteer Files, but are commonly referred to among Boy Scout leaders as the “perversion files.” “These files and the allegations of abuse that they contain are truly disturbing,” said Zephyrhills personal injury lawyer Robert Alston in a statement. “Boy Scout volunteers are entrusted with the safety of millions of young boys.” The files […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Complicated legal issues may arise when, as is often the case, a divorced parent wishes to relocate with their child(ren). Florida law strictly regulates the relocation of a child’s primary residence in order to protect the well-being of children. A recent case demonstrates that even well-established laws can allow for very different interpretations. “Relocation of a child’s primary residence is potentially disruptive to the child’s life and parental relationships,” said Zephyrhills divorce lawyer Marcie Baker. “It is important that the rights and responsibilities of everyone involved are well understood.” Florida Statute […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – Sunbeam Products, Inc. has announced a recall of over half a million Mr. Coffee brand coffee makers. The recall is in response to reports of a defect that has already caused injury to a number of users. “Product safety recalls are serious business,” said Zephyrhills personal injury attorney Robert Alston. “The media do a good job of getting the information out there, but consumers need to do the legwork of checking to see whether their specific product has been recalled.” The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Sunbeam Products […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 28, 2012 – A professional basketball player for the Miami Heat has allegedly claimed a Texas residence as his home, rather than Florida, though he plays and practices in Florida. It is assumed that the address change is to reduce child support payments. If his primary residence is legally recognized as Florida, current child support allocation is three percent of his income per month, according to reports. The player’s estimated salary is $18 million per year, which means, if true, he would be paying $30,000 per month. If the player, Chris Bosh, has a […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2012 – The fact that the divorce rate is a little on the high side shouldn’t surprise anyone. Even older people are experiencing “gray divorce” at a rate that is also rising. Divorce can affect every aspect of the lives of those involved from emotional to physical well-being to more pragmatic matters relating to career and finances. Some couples either start or run businesses together. When the marriage falls apart and they begin to mistrust one another and argue, it can be very difficult for the couple to keep the business going. Also, […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2012 – Volvo is developing a number of high-tech safety features, many of which focus on adapting to modern driver behavior. Surveys have shown that drivers in the United States spend up to 30 percent of their driving time doing other things, such as making cell phone calls or texting, and this distracted driving is a major cause of automobile accidents. The new technologies are being developed in three major areas: helping drivers stay safely in their lane, avoiding accidents at intersections and collisions with wild animals. “These new systems may prove to […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 27, 2012 – New research has revealed that the rate of divorce has increased greatly among older Americans. The trend is significant, as the United States is already the top country in the world for divorce. As baby boomers enter their golden years, divorce rates may increase even more. I-Fen Lin and Susan Brown, of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University, conducted a study that showed that for Americans 50 years old or older, the rate of divorce doubled between 1990 and 2009. This held true for Americans […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2012 – According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a record 8,733,461 workers received federal disability insurance payments in June, 2012, a number greater than the population of New York City. Some commentators have decried the rise, saying that the ratio of working Americans to those living on disability has changed for the worse. According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in June, 1992, approximately 120 million Americans were employed, with slightly more than 3 million living on disability, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2012 – Financial challenges are stressful for one person, but can cripple a relationship. When searching for a career, people should consider how income affects marriage. The balance between work and family is much easier conceived than achieved. While stress from work can easily leak into a marriage, money trouble is the most common cause of divorce. Pasco County divorce lawyer, Marcie Baker of Alston & Baker, PA said, “Most households survive off of two incomes. When a family faces financial challenges, it’s easy for some couples to blame each other for not […]


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Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – Earlier this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration changed its hours-of-service rules to improve road safety by reducing the number of poorly rested commercial truck drivers on the road. The new hours of service only affect drivers who work extremely long hours, according to the FMCSA. The new rules mean drivers can only use the 34-hour restart provision once every 168 hours and there have to be two breaks during the restart that are between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. “What these new truck driver work hour rules mean is […]


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