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Wednesday's Three Burning Legal Questions

Here are today's three burning legal questions, along with the answers provided by the blogosphere.

1) Question: My wife and I got divorced and split up our assets. But she never told me that she had a secret room filled with 1,200 pairs of designer shoes worth about $1 million. Can I sue her to get this asset added to the settlement?

Answer: Divorce lawyers say that while clothing typically is not considered an asset, 1,200 pairs of expensive shoes may be an exception. And watch out that she does not just dump several hundred pairs of already worn shoes on your doorstep. (ABC News, Husband Suing Ex-Wife Over 1,200-Pair Shoe Collection)

2) Question: I left my 11-week-old twins alone inside my SUV for 40 minutes, but in my defense I had to go to Nordstrom. Can I get into trouble for this? 

Answer: Oh yes -- you can be prosecuted and on top of that you may be banned from Nordstrom. (The Consumerist, Mom Ordered To Stay Away From Nordstrom For Leaving Kids In The Car To Shop)

3) Question: My 13-year-old daughter got in trouble and actually had to go to court because she and a friend cut off the hair of a 3-year-old girl with scissors. The judge said in court that he will reduce my daughter's sentence if I will chop off my daughter's own ponytail in court. Can he do this?  

Answer: Many states give judges discretion in determining sanctions for youth that will change their behavior in a positive way. This sounds like the ponytail version of an "eye for an eye." (The Associated Press, Mother cuts daughter's hair in court, judge reduces sentence)

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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