Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Controversy Over Permanent Alimony

By Jessica R. Alexander, J.D., MLS, Reference Librarian
This morning, May 28, 2013, an NPR Morning Edition piece, Alimony Till Death Do Us Part? Nay, Say Some Ex-Spouses, featured the controversy over permanent alimony mandated by the courts of some states.  There are efforts underway to change these laws.  Opponents say that times have changed and the laws don't reflect the reality that many women can take care of themselves after divorce and the lifetime burden on mostly ex-husbands is unfair. Diane Rehm also featured this subject on her show on Monday, May 20, 2013, Debate Over Ending Lifetime Alimony.

The American Bar Association has a useful site called Family Law in the Fifty States. It features charts on various areas of family law.Their Chart 1 concerns Alimony/Spousal Support Factors. Another resource is found in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Jurisdictional Issues Under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, by Mechelene DeMaria at Volume 16, Page 243 (1999).

Section 8.001 of the Texas Family Code, Maintenance, et. seq. contains the Texas law on alimony. Texas has adopted the Uniform Instate Family Support Act, it appears beginning in Section 159.001 of the Texas Family Code.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Legal Website: Above the Law

If you are looking for legal news that goes beyond the dry and basic, Above the Law is the site for you. The site takes a look at current legal issues, institutions, and personalities from a behind-the-scenes point of view. Interesting topics include “Lawsuit of the Day,” “Bonuses” (which details what certain law firms are paying…or who they are laying off), and an entire section dedicated to law schools specifically.  The site also has a career center to help you no matter what stage you are in your legal profession, from pre-law to post graduation, as well as a page for job listings. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Legal Website: Texas Young Lawyers Association

Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) is an organization that new attorneys in the state of Texas should look into joining.  One portion of their website that might be of interest while you are still a student is the Resources for Students.  This section includes scholarships, helpful articles, online booklets, and videos to not only get you through law school but help you transition into passing the bar and practicing law. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Legal Website: Texas State Bar Resources for New Lawyers

This is the time of year 3L law students start thinking about graduation, taking the bar, and finally becoming an attorney.  The Texas State Bar has an entire section of  its site dedicated to resources for lawyers. One section that will be of interest to new graduates  is the page of Resources for New Lawyers.  This page includes important compliance information new lawyers should be aware of as well as resources to help you out in whatever legal direction you choose to take--even if that direction is not in the field of law!