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Final Paycheck Rules by State

Leaving your employer and a steady paycheck is an intimidating prospect, even if you are leaving on good terms or you have a new position lined up. Whether you quit your current job or were laid off, most people in your position find themselves wondering, “When will I get my final paycheck?” Separating from an […]

Involuntary Manslaughter: Penalties and Sentencing

Involuntary manslaughter differs from murder or other homicides in that there is no premeditation or intent to kill. Instead, it criminalizes lawful as well as unlawful acts that are carried out in a negligent or reckless manner. As a result, involuntary manslaughter typically has significantly lighter penalties compared with other similar criminal offenses. However, those convicted do not get off […]

Criminal Statutes of Limitations: Time Limits for State Charges

The time limit for when prosecutors can file criminal charges is known as a criminal statute of limitations. Both state and federal law forbids prosecutors from charging someone with a crime beyond the specified amount of time. Statutes of limitations can vary by jurisdictions and contain exceptions. Some states have several tiers of felonies and […]

Comparative and Contributory Negligence Laws by State

Accidents happen, sometimes through no fault of our own. Sometimes we may even contribute to the accident or worsen our own injuries, even if someone else started the accident. The court accounts for the fault of the injured parties to determine how much damages should be awarded or if damages should be awarded at all. […]

Search and Seizure Laws by State

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution ensures the right of every American “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” with the added assurance that “no warrants shall issue” without probable cause. In other words, police cannot search you or your property without a warrant, and they […]

Leyes sobre el talón de cheque final por estado

Existe un número de estados que exige que los empleadores emitan el último talón de cheque a un empleado que deja su empleo en un período relativamente corto de tiempo. De hecho, algunos estados exigen que el empleado que deja su empleo reciba sus últimos talones de cheque el último día de trabajo. En otros […]

States with Legal Medical Marijuana

Marijuana possession and usage remain illegal under federal law. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. Since then, 37 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, in addition to the U.S. territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. A number […]

When a Parent Refuses to Pay Child Support

Child custody, child support, and other co-parenting arrangements can be difficult to navigate, even when everyone is doing their part. So when a parent outright refuses to contribute, even with a court order directing them to, it can create a lot of stress and frustration for the custodial parent. There can be stiff penalties for […]

Calculating Child Support

Child support is calculated according to state law. Each parent’s income, including wages, assets such as stocks and bonds, and welfare benefits along with the child’s standard of living before the divorce, are considered to determine each parent’s obligation. In some cases, the child might have extraordinary needs to consider and the court will allow […]

Child Support FAQ

Parents have a legal responsibility to provide support for their children. Married couples and unmarried parents who live together with their children share the parenting responsibility around the clock. When parents are divorced, separated, or no longer live together, the parents or the court may determine a parenting plan that identifies the custodial parent and […]
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