Friday, June 20, 2008

Social Security after Divorce

A friend of mine told me about this but I am not sure how true and whether applicable to you or not. Just check with your lawyer first.

Here's the write up submitted ...

There are some social security benefits in being divorced. You are, as you know, entitled to social security benefits both before and after divorce based on your own earnings record. If, however, you have been married for ten years or more then you are also entitled to social security benefits based on the earnings of your spouse even after divorce.

You can only do this if you do not remarry or up till you get remarried. This ten year issue is important though, not just for social security.

If you have been married for a period of about nine years before the marriage breaks down then it might be a good idea not to get divorced immediately. You could file for separation for the period of time it will take for you to complete those ten years together.

It is a good idea to consult and accountant or, better, an attorney about this and see what benefits there are in being married for this ten year period.

As already mentioned these benefits are void if you remarry. You will be entitled to benefits from your new partner's earnings but the same rules will apply. That means you will have to be married for ten years to get the same benefits again.

Monday, June 16, 2008

A few hundred dollars, an Internet connection and a little curiosity ...

It can be good or evil, depending on your intention. With the new and advance technology, you can setup your own little spying zone in a quick manner.

I think I will be using it to monitor what my maid is doing when I am not at home. Just need to give some trust to my wife.

Here's the story for today ...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As a private investigator, Jim Bender has tracked everything from straying spouses to strung-out trust-fund babies -- sometimes following them for days at a time.

But thanks to an innovative GPS device the size of a matchbox, he can now stake out a cheating husband without leaving his Fort Lauderdale office. Or, as he has done recently, help a major company figure out who is draining the diesel fuel from its big rigs.

Technological advances have revolutionized the surveillance business, making devices smaller, cheaper and more effective than ever. And not just for professional snoops like Bender, but for everyday people.

"Anybody can be a spy now," said Todd Myers, president of Computer Sights, a computer support and surveillance supply store in Fort Lauderdale.

All it takes is a few hundred dollars, an Internet connection and a little curiosity.

Think that's just a smoke detector? Look a little closer and you'll see a camera's lens. Those flood lights hanging from the ceiling? They're more illuminating than you think.

For PIs like Bender, the improved equipment has led to improved service. However, it's also given Peeping Toms a new way to gawk.

Spencer Krumholz, marketing director of World Imports International in Pompano Beach, Fla., faces a lawsuit from two of the company's employees.

His offense? He hid a camera in the ceiling of the women's bathroom, according to court records.

Last year, a Connecticut man wired a shampoo bottle with a tiny camera so he could watch his two female roommates as they showered, according to police. Someone discovered it, and Steven Thibodeau was arrested on voyeurism charges.

He later admitted to the crime and received probation. A judge ordered Thibodeau to stay away from cameras and computers.

Legal uses

For the most part, however, the equipment is used by people to protect their interests.

A few months back, Myers sold a well-tailored businessman who suspected his wife was cheating on him a $300 WiLife digital clock, equipped with a spy camera. The man put the clock on his bedside nightstand, and the images it captured were sent, through the power lines, to a computer.

The executive set up the system to alert him, via text message, if there was movement in the master bedroom while he was at work.

The next day, his cell phone went off. With just a few clicks of his office computer, he pulled up the video.

There was his wife and another man "making whoopie" on the couple's bed, Myers said.

The husband copied the feed and sent it off to his attorney, who drew up the divorce papers. The video saved the man millions in alimony, he later told Myers.


Source : http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=20&a=347535

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