Friday, February 28, 2014

Enforceable PreNups for the UK? Maybe Only Kinda Sorta...

The UK Law Commission has issued a report recommending legislation  for the determination of  the validity of premarital agreements in the UK.  Reports seem to disagree as to the extent to which courts would be permitted to second guess the agreements if the agreements seek to allocate the obligations of spouses to support each other.

A rainy California hat tip to Jeremy Morley, international custody expert, who discusses the proposal in more detail.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lottery Winnings and Child Support

In October 2013, Angel R. Tamayo, Jr. presented a winning lottery ticket for $25,000. He has been told that he owes more than the net, after tax value of the lottery winnings ($17,250) in back child support to the Department of Human Services of Georgia. A third party, Tracey Dawn Gibson, also claims she is the rightful winner of the lottery ticket.  Gibson's relationship to Tamayo is unclear.
At least in California, if a custodial parent receives certain types of state assistance (cash aid, etc) which also benefits a child, then the county will automatically open a case against the non-custodial parent for reimbursement to the county for some of the funds used to help support that child.  The reach of child support services is long, they can intercept tax refunds, freeze bank accounts, and, yes, collect lottery winnings from a non-custodial parent to satisfy an unpaid child support obligation.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Demographics of Insurance Coverage

Report released by the CDC in December 2013 which gives the percentages of people insured in this country broken down factors such as age, gender, race, and state from January through June 2013. California is one of the states that has a higher percentage of uninsured people than the national average. 7.2% of children between 0 to 17 years old in California were insured at the time of the interview that was used to obtain the data for this study.

I suspect that these numbers and percentages are going to change with the Affordable Care Act and it will be interesting to see the difference between January through June 2013 and January through June 2014. There was no statistically significant difference between January through June 2012 and January through June 2013.