A state appeals court in New Jersey recently held that a woman could not be automatically barred from receiving alimony despite the fact that she had killed the parties' 14 year old son and is currently serving a sentence for beating the child to death. The reasoning was that there was nothing in the current statute that specifically barred alimony for a person who had committed murder, manslaughter or any other crime involving taking the life of another human being. In a nutshell, this just goes to show you that the Judiciary can only do so much and cannot legislate from the bench. If there are certain laws that you would like to see changed, you have to bring the issue before your legislature, because a court cannot and should not change laws, they are only there to interpret them.
To read the story upon which this blog is based, see: http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXkzJmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MjI0NzQzJnlyaXJ5N2Y3MTdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5Mg==