The Lowdown on Phoenix Alimony

By on 10-22-2014 in Family

Divorce is expensive, because instead of sharing expenses for one household (for two-income families) you will have to each pay for separate homes. For one-income households where one spouse stays at home, a divorce can be a real problem because one spouse has no income at all. Even when both spouses work but one spouse earns significantly more, the lower-income earner may have difficulty adjusting to a different lifestyle. This is where alimony, called spousal maintenance in Arizona, comes into play.

In Phoenix, a judge may order the income-earner or higher-income spouse to pay spousal maintenance to the other spouse upon separation for living expenses. This is a temporary award, called pendente lite because it is only in force until the final divorce decree comes through. After that, spousal maintenance becomes a matter for the court’s discretion upon application by the receiving spouse and on a case-to-case basis.

Depending on circumstances, the judge may require continued spousal maintenance for a period of time. If the spouse receiving alimony is able to find employment with the appropriate training, the judge may order a certain monthly payment for a reasonable period after which the ex-spouse is expected to find employment and become self-sufficient. The court may also consider awarding spousal maintenance if the petitioner supported the higher-earning spouse during his or her education which paved the way to a lucrative profession.

Spousal maintenance in Arizona is seldom a permanent order. In some cases, the non- or low-earning spouse may be unable to get employment because of age, disability, or the need to care for a disabled child or elderly parent. However, even under these circumstances, spousal maintenance is only awarded if the marriage lasted at least ten years.

Alimony is typically frowned upon as an undesirable part of divorce, but in some instances it is called for. An Arizona divorce lawyer will make sure that the client’s rights are protected when it comes to spousal maintenance.

The Pros and Cons of Taking Paroxetine

By on 2-07-2014 in Dangerous Products

Patients have the option of treating depression with Paroxetine, a medicine that is trusted and proven to be effective, safe and causing lesser side-effects compared to other anti-depressant drugs available today. This prescription oral drug, which is otherwise known as Brisdelle, Sereupin, Seroxat, Pexeva, Paxil, and Aropax, is one of the highly- reputed class of anti-depressant medicines called SSRIs, that is, Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

The four other equally famous SSRI medicines are Escitalopram (Lexapro), Zoloft (sertraline), Prozac (fluoxetine) and Celexa (citalopram). The primary intention for the development of SSRI drugs is to treat depression. Doctors, however, have found good reason to also prescribe these drugs to patients suffering from obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, anxiety disorder, eating disorder and chronic pains.

For the past two decades the anti-depressant drug that many U.S. doctors have prescribed to their patients had just been one of the SSRI medications. SSRIs boost the performance of serotonin, also called neurotransmitter, the chemical that is used by the nerves of the brain in communicating with each other (the brain is the one responsible for the production of neurotransmitter; the brain also releases this chemical, allowing it to attach itself to the receptor of other nearby nerves). SSRI drugs also prevent this neurotransmitter from being re-absorbed into the brain, resulting to more of this chemical to stimulate the brain nerves, which would result to an improvement in the patient’s mood condition.

As an SSRI, this is also how Paroxetine works; and like other SSRI drugs, its side-effects are also almost the same. One additional function Paroxetine has, however, is treatment of vasomotor symptoms due to menopause (hot flashes and night sweats are examples of these symptoms). In fact, Paroxetine is the sole non-hormonal prescription therapy that is FDA-approved for menopausal hot flashes.

Paroxetine, which is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, formerly SmithKline Beecham, was approved for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1992. This drug, though, is not recommended to pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant and to individuals below 18 years old. Some of its known side effects include, mild headache, drowsiness, dizziness, mild nausea, constipation, sleeping problems or insomnia, restlessness or nervousness, mild nausea, constipation, decreased sex drive, impotence and difficulty in having an orgasm.

Liability for Elevator Failure

By on 1-29-2014 in Home Improvement

People in most parts of the world have ridden an elevator at least once, and most city folks routinely ride them several times a day. Few seem to realize that it is a metal box suspended by cables run by a series of gears and pulleys and driven by electricity, regularly bearing loads of 100 to 1,000 kilograms. An elevator failure can happen at any time, and it is really amazing that only one in 12 million elevator rides will result in a mechanical breakdown.

The elevator is a complex arrangement of moving parts that need regular assessment, maintenance and replacement. There are strict rules and regulations in force in most states which make elevators extremely safe. When an elevator failure happens which results in injury or death, though, the property owner or manager is not automatically liable.

If the elevator failure is due to the failure of the property owner to have the elevator maintained regularly, or to repair a malfunctioning unit, then premises liability will come into play. The property owner has a duty to ensure the safety of the people who use the facilities, and that includes elevators.

However, if the elevator failure happened because of technician error or incompetence, then liability becomes a little bit more complicated. The property owner could be sued for failing to engage reliable service providers, and the technician and maintenance company could be sued as well for failing to do the job properly. If on the other hand a replacement part malfunctioned despite being properly installed, the manufacturer could be liable.

To determine who is liable for personal injury or wrongful death in an elevator failure, have a lawyer assess the case as it stands. An experienced litigator will be able to gather evidence and facts that will pinpoint the person or entity liable for the elevator failure, which is the first step in getting compensation.

Choosing the Cruise Ship

By on 1-28-2014 in Traveling

Choosing just the right cruise ship to match your needs is about the most important thing you have to consider when thinking of going on a cruise ship vacation. Just like choosing a date, there are certain general criteria that need to be met in order for there to be any chance of having a good time.

There are several factors that impact the choice of cruise ship. The most crucial factor is the purpose of the trip. Is it for a honeymoon? Is it the first or second? Is it for a family vacation? For self-exploration? As a reward for a job well-done? Perhaps it is a chance to do some serious gambling. Whatever the reason, it will determine what amenities the cruise ship has to have to satisfy the needs of the cruiser.

The next question would be who is going. If it is a family vacation, are the children very young, teenagers, or young adults? Are the parents senior citizens, middle-aged, or young? If going solo or with friends, what are the ages and status? Should there be a lively nightlife, or is it more important to have mascots on board?

There are cruises that are adults-only, which is ideal for passengers who are single, who plan to gamble, and those on a romantic stint. They would have a well-stocked bar, charming restaurants, casino, and a variety of shops, spas, and salons. There would also be a lot of opportunities for mixing and matching for those looking to renew connections or make new ones.

There are also cruise ships that are well-equipped to handle the demands of very young children and active teenagers with ample outdoor activities and indoor entertainment.  Such crew ships would have computer games, movie showings, and sports for all ages. And then there are cruises for those seeking adventures in exotic places. These cruisers are more likely to spend most of their time and energy on shore excursions than sunbathing on the lido deck or shopping in onboard establishments.

When choosing what cruise to go on, it is important to first determine the kind of cruise ship will fit your requirements as well as your budget. Once you have done this, it should be easy to narrow down your choices.

Common Surgical Injuries from Da Vinci Robot

By on 10-26-2013 in Technological Design

A common plot in science fiction movies is that of a robot helper which becomes so efficient and self-aware that it decides the human race is the scourge of the planet and needs to be eliminated to make the world better. While the da Vinci surgical robot is not equipped with artificial intelligence, it may be tempting to think that some bug in their programming is causing them to cause surgical injuries.

It is true that design defects or mechanical failures sometimes come into play during routine procedures which can have serious consequences for the patient, but it would be a stretch to call it intentional. The more probable albeit mundane reason for the rising number of adverse events reported with the da Vinci robot is that it has not been thoroughly tested or the surgeon was not adequately trained, or a combination of both.

Surgery always carries some risk, even routine ones, but with minimally invasive methods such as robot-assisted surgery and laparoscopy, this is significantly reduced. However, there are some common da Vinci robot surgical injuries that may be considered preventable. These include but not limited to:

  • Perforation of the colon, uterus, and intestines
  • Cut or torn blood vessels
  • Tissue burns and damage, including the heart
  • Infections
  • Retained surgical instruments

Adverse events reported for the da Vinci surgical are quite small percentage wise; it is not even 1% (282 reported out of 367,000) in 2012. But for those who are the unfortunate few to fall victim to a defective unit or inadequately trained surgeon, the consequences can be quite serious. This includes additional surgeries, long-term hospitalization, extensive pain and suffering, as well as financial loss. Because the da Vinci system manufacturer Intuitive Surgical Inc. was negligent in ensuring the integrity of the machines they sell and the competence of the surgeons they train in operating the system, affected patients are looking to them for compensation for health and financial damages.

The Most Common and Irritating Allergens in Your Home

By on 5-21-2013 in Home Improvement

Wow Total CleaningAn unfortunate health irritant that a large number of people have to deal with, allergens can be found anywhere, causing you to sneeze, sniffle, have trouble breathing, get sick, and more. In an effort to escape these bothersome side effects of allergens, many people seek the knowledge and treatment that a medical professional can provide; however, once the medications that doctors provide wear off, people often immediately find themselves suffering once more from the consequences of allergies.

Many people may try to seek refuge in their home; however, this could actually be one of the roots of the problem. Many allergens either come directly from a person’s home or make their way into the home via other avenues, preventing a person from getting the true relief they need from the effects of allergens. Sadly, many people are unaware of just how many allergens can be present in their home, causing them to suffer from the following common allergies:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Endotoxins
  • Bacteria

What many people do not know though, is that a thorough and professional house cleaning can largely alleviate many of these allergies. By removing the allergens from your home, especially places where the allergens are likely to collect and are hard to reach, a person can get the relief they’ve been seeking from their allergies. Some common methods that are used to help remove allergens from a home include walking your dogs to get them out of the house, deep carpet cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and professional mold removal.



Know How Experts Build a Perfect Pool and How to Find Them

By on 5-02-2013 in Home Improvement

Ever wondered how expert swimming pool designers actually build pools that surpass industry standards? Pictures of finished pool projects will not just leave you in total admiration; these will either make you want one built at your own backyard or have your existing pool built just as beautiful as the ones in the pictures.

Expert pool designers and builders make sure that the pool built for you is a product of the greatest artistry and ingenuity and that it will function perfectly, without flaws that could injure you or your guests that would require repairs or so much maintenance after construction. Thus, it is quite noticeable how well-established pool building companies have certified engineers as pool designers to make sure that the pool built is totally safe and efficient. Quite obvious too are the highly-skilled teams of workers who guarantee fast, quality work that will help you save time and money.

To make sure that every pool project is superbly constructed, these experts usually follow a 10-step procedure in constructing your swimming pool; steps that will not keep you guessing what’s going to happen next and those that will help ensure that your pool will be close to perfect – that is, without flaws and just the way you want it.

After a series of consultations, a preliminary pool design will be made – this is the first step. This will be followed by:

  • layout
  • excavation
  • forming and steel
  • plumbing and electric work
  • gunite
  • tile and coping
  • decking and masonry work
  • plaster
  • start up and pool instruction

Thus, save yourself from the horrors you’ll get from some pool-building companies; specifically, those that seem to listen and consider your needs and instructions, but would do everything their own way just to get the job done. Browse the web, look at the finished pool projects of different companies and listen to clients’ stories of satisfaction. These things will never lie to you; instead they’ll lead you to the right pool builders and designers.


How to Plant a Tree

By on 4-27-2013 in Home Improvement

Trees are a vital part of the planet’s ecological balance. They convert the carbon dioxide we exhale into breathable oxygen. There are many benefits of having trees in abundance. Perhaps one of the most appealing of these benefits to the average person is that adding a tree to your home’s landscape is a great way to increase its property value and curb appeal.

If you’re looking to add a tree to your landscaping, there are a few things that need to be considered and completed beforehand, including:

  • Learn whether or not your neighborhood allows residents to add trees
  • If you need special permissions to plant a tree, get them before moving forward
  • Choose a species of tree that is native to where you live to improve its chances of survival
  • Decide where the tree will go on your property and keep it a safe distance away from the foundation and sidewalks

Once all that is ready and you have your tree handy, you’ll need to dig a hole where the tree will be planted. The hole should be twice the diameter of the tree’s root bundle. This will allow the roots to grow without too much resistance as they establish themselves. The hole should be deep enough to cover the entire root bundle, up to the root flare (where the roots become the trunk). The flare is rather easy to distinguish because it will be wider than the rest of the trunk. It’s a good idea to have a tarp on the ground. Put the dirt you dig up on the tarp so it’s easy to move later.

When the hole is finished, remove any wiring or burlap encasing the root bundle and massage the dirt containing it to loosen it up and give the roots some room to move around. Carefully put the tree in the hole, taking care to make sure it’s straight, and begin refilling it with the soil. You can also add compost if you have some available. Tap the soil with the face of the shovel as you go to remove any air pickets that may form as you bury the roots. Be sure to not bury the root flare!

home improvement treeWhen you’re finished, feed the tree an appropriate amount of water for the species. Many trees call for 15 gallons of water at this initial watering. Add mulch to the area around the tree to help lock in moisture, but keep it at least six inches away from the tree’s base to prevent it from rotting.

You’ll have to water the tree on a weekly basis for a few years or until the roots are properly established, but be careful not to drown the tree. With proper care, the tree will grow alongside you and your family and will be a beautiful addition to your home.

Tips for Painting a Room

By on 4-14-2013 in Home Improvement, Painting

painting wallsIf you’re looking to noticeably change a room or an easy home improvement project, you should try painting the walls. A new color can make a room more appealing and breath new life into the space. Painting a room is one of the most simple and commonly-undertaken home improvement projects there is. It’s also among the least expensive projects and can be completed within a weekend.

The most difficult and time consuming part of painting a room is preparing it. You’ll want to expose all of the walls’ surface area and give yourself plenty of room to move around. The first step to painting a room is sanding and scraping the walls. Sanding will make it easier for your paint to grab onto the wall, which reduces the amount it drips. Scraping will remove imperfections in the wall’s surface. It’s also a good idea to clean the wall since there may be dust or grease on it that can effect the results.

Once all of that is done, you’re ready to prime the walls to be painted. Using a primer is required when painting new drywall, since it will do a lot of work to help the paint stick. It’s also incredibly helpful to prime the walls when making a drastic change in color. In these cases, priming can save you an entire coat of paint.

Once the primer is dry, you’re ready to begin painting. Make sure you remove the covers to light switches and outlets and tape off their exposed underworkings. It’s also smart to use a canvas floor cover instead of a plastic one. Canvas is less likely to tear and much easier to wedge into corners. Canvas also absorbs paint and is reusable, unlike plastic.

Experts recommend using a small, angled brush around edges to give yourself some breathing room around them for when you move on to the rolling brush. When you’re using the rolling brush, paint in W shapes and then fill them in with vertical lines. Doing this helps keep the paint distributed evenly and gives you a method to follow rather than slogging paint onto the wall.

Once a layer is completed, you’ll have to wait for it to dry before applying another coat, if necessary. Keep painting in this manner until the wall is even and well-covered.

Before you know it, your wall will be awash in new color and the room will feel like a completely new place!