By financen | December 8, 2017 - 3:51 pm - Posted in Law, Laws, Legal

Alimony isn’t awarded as much today as it was decades ago, but it’s still an existing part of divorce even in this day and age. When a dependent spouse ends a marriage or their partner ends a marriage, it can be a financial crisis for them and they may not be able to support themselves. For someone in a very long-term marriage (Over 17 years), this is something that the courts take very seriously. A marriage of this length often requires sacrifices on the part of the dependent spouse that makes them vulnerable to financial difficulty after the marriage has ended. For marriages of these lengths, courts are likely to award some form of alimony on perhaps a permanent basis.

For shorter marriages, especially short-term marriages (less than 7 years), there will be something called durational alimony. In regards to durational alimony Florida courts consider it to be a more short-term arrangement that will not proceed throughout the dependent spouse’s life. When there is going to be an extreme difficulty financially on the part of a spouse who was dependent during even a short marriage, a court can take a look at durational alimony and see if it should be applied to the divorce decree.

Lawyers are best able to tell you if you’re going to be able to get any type of alimony at all. Most spouses will not get permanent alimony, but there will be those rare instances where people who are married such a long time may be able to qualify for this type of alimony. And durational alimony is even less likely to be awarded because it’s typically considered in cases where the marriage lasted less than 7 years.

No dependent spouse should overlook the possibility of alimony. When you’re married to someone and sacrifice your own financial freedom, you have the right to at the very least discuss alimony with a lawyer to look out for your best interests. While some people choose not to even address the subject of alimony, there’s always a chance that your lawyer might want to pursue alimony for you if you’re a dependent spouse. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with durational alimony. It’s a good way to compensate a dependent spouse for the financial security they sacrificed, but only for a short period of time in relation to the length of time married.

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By financen | September 9, 2017 - 2:35 pm - Posted in Legal

There are many good reasons to become a notary. Sometimes it is an added service for a business you are already operating, but it also is something an individual can use as an added skill when they are looking for employment. It can also become a business all by itself. One popular service of a notary today is one that is mobile. This simply means that the notary comes directly to the customer. A mobile service is becoming increasingly popular, and some people are able to offer the service part time, making money on the side while they keep their full time jobs.

Qualifications of a notary

The qualifications to become a notary will vary from one state to another, but the qualifications that states have in common are that you are 18 years old, a citizen or legal resident, have no criminal record and be living in the state you will operate in. This latter requirement some states will extend to neighboring states. There is often a course requirement of some sort because you need to learn and understand the procedure that must be followed.

Learning about the profession

Most states do not have any educational or required courses to take in order to become a notary. However, it is still a good idea to learn what is necessary to do the job correctly. In states where there is no requirement, there is usually a course, although optional, that is available from the government. It is a good idea to take it. There are even courses available online.

Applying for a notary

There is usually an application fee, and you will also, upon approval, need to purchase a notary stamp and seal package. This will include a record book and a seal. You will also need to be bonded, at least in some states. If you are living in a state where it is not required, you should still consider a surety bond. The reason why certain states have bonding requirements is due to lawsuits. It is better to protect yourself with a surety bond even when there is no state requirement. It is also a good idea to get notary errors and omissions insurance coverage.

Keep in mind that becoming a notary carries with it a lot of responsibility. Make sure you understand your state’s requirements, and consider going beyond them, especially with education and bonding.

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