“There is not some justice. There is either justice or injustice.”
Which is this, and does perspective matter?
Recently the Massachusetts Appellate Court issued the Clement vs. Owens-Clement decision, a case involving a post-marital dispute over alimony between former spouses, Laurie and John - the facts were unusual, and the decision was complicated in terms of both statutory and case law, individual, familial and social responsibility. The case raises essential and worthy questions which I hope you’ll consider with me:
- What does ‘who pays support to whom’ say about society and the lines we draw for independence, dependence and interdependence?
- What are the implications and social dynamics we create as a society when our healthcare and financial support are tied to marriage?
- Should former spouses be responsible for one another’s healthcare coverage and economic wellbeing, and if so on what basis and for how long?
- Should individuals, families and governments be responsible for the health care and financial support of a disabled person?
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