The Lowdown on Phoenix Alimony

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.