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Blind Justice: Matrimony, Alimony and a Whole lot of Baloney

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

is justice blind and unfairSeveral months ago we wrote a blog post about a Los Angeles, California woman who was forced to pay alimony to her ex-husband…a situation that on the surface seems pretty common and isn’t absolutely out of line.  However, this case was not your normal case of alimony or of someone needing a bail bond.  The issue in this specific case that was so disturbing is that the wife, who was being ordered to pay the alimony, had accused the ex-husband of continuously raping her daughter (his step-daughter) over a period of 16 years.  In fact, after receiving a total of over $22,000 ($1,300 for several months) in alimony from the wife, the ex-husband pleaded guilty to one of five counts of rape against him in order to strike a less harsh sentence.  During his more than one year in jail, a judge ordered that the spousal payments be suspended.

Well the step-father (ex-husband) is now out of jail and is looking to have the spousal payments resumed.  In addition, he is also requesting back alimony payments totaling another $33,000. Now, we aren’t legal experts by any stretch of the imagination, but is it just us or does something seem very wrong with this situation?  Should the victims (mother and daughter) be required to pay spousal support to a father that has been convicted of raping the daughter?  This might be one of those circumstances where the law isn’t really protecting those that need protection.  What do you think?  Read the original article below.

Original article: California woman has already paid $22,000, but freed former spouse wants payments resumed