Southern California Activist Seeks To End Alimony in California

If Steve Clark has his way, alimony will no longer be an enforceable measure in California’s family courts by 2016. Of course, he’ll need the signatures – all 365, 880 of them – in order to register for the November 2016 ballot. But with the support and permission from the California Secretary of State, Mr. Clark – who is also executive director for the aptly named CalAlimonyReform.org –has a fighting chance at making it happen. This is the first step to end alimony in California.

As reported by OCWeekly, the Huntington Beach native and software consultant believes alimony, otherwise known as maintenance or spousal support, is “outdated” and harkens back to a time that no longer adheres to social norms. Mr. Clark believes alimony only serves as a method of financial revenge between partners following a divorce and only ends up hurting everyone involved. Continue reading

Vergara vs. Loeb And The Murky World of Reproductive Rights

Fresno Family LawOver the past month, tabloid readers and entertainment reporters have been gobbling up all the hot gossip they can get a hold of about the on-going legal dispute between Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and her millionaire-ex, businessman Nick Loeb. At the heart of this very public sparring match are two infinitesimally small and frozen embryos that the couple created almost two years ago. As reported by MSNBC, Nick and Sophia were engaged for more than two years with plans to marry in late 2014. Once the ceremony and relationship hit the skids, the inevitable question was raised: who owns the embryos they created back in 2012 and can they be brought to term without the consent of the both parties? While the answer is foggy at best on these reproductive rights, there are a few concrete factors to consider.

Unlike frozen eggs, frozen embryos have been fertilized, in vitro, prior to freezing. They need only be thawed when the woman in question wishes to begin pregnancy. Couples that choose this type of procedure do so for many of the same reasons they freeze eggs or sperm. In some instances, the woman in question is slated to undergo a serious medical procedure, threatening her ability to have a child. Or perhaps the couple may simply wish to wait until they have reached a more stable footing in their relationship. Whatever the factors may be involved, frozen embryos can eventually be thawed and carried to term, with a very high degree of success. Continue reading