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Addiction counseling may offer alternative to harsher punishment

Having a serious drug problem can act as a considerable burden on your life. Rather than feeling as if you could seek help for your addiction, you may simply feel like an outcast that has nowhere to turn. This feeling of isolation could further contribute to your desire to find solace in your addiction, and you may see no end in sight to this downward spiral while feeling a sense of hopelessness.

In addition to the emotional and physical struggles that can come along with drug addiction, you may also find yourself facing legal problems as well. If police have charged you with drug possession, trafficking or other related crimes, you could potentially face significant consequences if convicted.

Jesse Jackson Jr. agrees to pay more in family law situation

When child support disagreements arise between divorced parents in Alabama, tempers may flare and acrimonious battles ensue before such problems are resolved. It often takes extensive and aggressive litigation before fair and agreeable solutions can be found. Such is the case for Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his former wife, Sandi, who have been fighting over financial provisions for their children for some time now.

The Jackson situation is rather complicated because it involves courts in two different states. In essence, the former congressman asked that his child support payments be lowered, and the court in Washington D.C. granted his request. Following that decision, the attorney of Jackson's former wife launched a character assault against him, saying that the fact that he requested lower child support payments shows his children are not his highest priority.

Wife of mayor chooses not guilty criminal defense option

News regarding local political figures and their families tends to circulate quickly, especially if a particular incident has something to do with legal trouble. The wife of an Alabama mayor understands what it's like to have your photograph and name published, including details of your personal circumstances. The 51-year-old woman was arrested in January and charged with drunk and reckless driving. In a recent criminal defense move, she entered a not guilty plea in court.

Authorities claim the woman was driving at speeds far above the limits posted in the area. She was arrested near the Memorial Parkway interchange along I-565. Police wound up releasing her from custody on bond but only after she had spent approximately 12 hours in jail.

Who pays for motor vehicle accidents caused by negligence?

If another vehicle smashes into yours while you're traveling through Alabama, who is responsible for damages? The answer depends on several factors, including whether evidence exists to prove another party's negligence caused the accident to occur. If so, then you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court to seek compensation for any physical, economic or emotional damage you have suffered in relation to the incident. Motor vehicle accidents happen every day; those who are able to obtain maximum recovery for their losses are often those who act alongside experienced representation in court.

Negligent driving comes in many forms. Nowadays, a great number of collisions are caused by motorists using hand-held electronic devices behind the wheel. Other crashes involve people failing to adhere to traffic regulations, such as driving above posted speed limits or failing to stop at red lights.

New style of post-divorce parenting catching on

Many Alabama residents will be among those throughout the nation who decide to end their marriages this year. Divorce is seldom without its challenges, even if communication between former spouses remains amicable through the process. If children are involved, emotions are usually intensified, and parents generally want to try to cooperate to preserve their best interests.

Based on the idea that less disruption is better when helping children adapt to new lifestyles after divorce, some parents are choosing a custodial arrangement called nesting. In this scenario, children continue to reside in the home they shared with both parents before the divorce. Parents then come and go on a rotating schedule, each living with the children for a time, then going back to a separate residence while the other parent comes to stay.

Stay in the black by knowing embezzlement red flags

False accusations can come about for any type of alleged criminal activity. Even though you hold a steady job and work hard as a member of a company, you could still face accusations of committing a white collar crime. A common type of white collar crime involves embezzling money from the company in one form or another. If a court convicts you of such a crime, you could face serious consequences, including jail time.

Any time a person keeps money meant for a company or organization for him or herself, an accusation of embezzlement could follow. Commonly, these allegations come about if individuals suspect employees of taking money directly into their pockets or bank accounts or of falsifying documents for additional overtime pay or other compensation.

Woman says her almost-ex spouse died before divorce was final

Some readers in Alabama may relate to the circumstances of a woman in another state. She was in the midst of divorce proceedings when her husband unexpectedly passed away. The 27-year-old said she wasn't sure what to do or even how to feel as a woman who wanted to be divorced but instead became a widow.

The woman said she attended the funeral. She indicated that some people there would not associate with her due to rumors her deceased husband supposedly spread about her after they separated. Another widow, age 56, said she wasn't sure how to grieve when the man she had separated from suffered an untimely death.

Larry Herbert's wife was shocked he filed for divorce

Creator of color communications system, Pantone, Larry Herbert is in the news for something quite other than his color systems products. It appears he has filed for divorce from his wife of several decades. Sources say she is shocked and greatly saddened by the news. Some couples in Alabama may be navigating similar circumstances.

As for Herbert's millions, his money is said to be secure in a prenuptial agreement. The 88-year-old was married to the same woman for 30 years. Some say he seems to be going through some type of "late-life crisis," and his filing for divorce might have something to do with that. Regardless of personal issues, there are options available for anyone in Alabama facing this type of situation.

Addressing injury needs following Alabama motor vehicle accidents

When one gets behind the wheel of a car on an Alabama roadway, one obviously hopes to reach the planned destination safely. Most drivers are aware there's always a risk for motor vehicle accidents to occur. However, many are completely clueless where to turn for help if they become victims of a collision.

Distracted drivers are menaces to state roadways. From those who refuse to adhere to posted speed limits and traffic signals, to those who continually text and drive, or operate their vehicles after consuming alcohol, all travelers (including pedestrians) are at risk for injury when negligent motorists are near. Suffering severe injury in car accidents often leaves victims and their families feeling as though the world has dropped out from beneath their feet.

Tips for Alabama parents who divorce

Very few Alabama residents who sever their marital ties plan on attending regular outings with their former spouses. In another state, however, the law actually requires parents of minor children who divorce to take a parenting class together. For those who still get along fairly well with the other parent, this should pose no problem. However, what about those who can barely stand to be in the same room without arguing?

It's no secret that parental divorce obviously impacts children. With support and appropriate guidance, many children successfully adapt to new lifestyles with minimal negative consequences. Other children have a more difficult time, sometimes due to one parent's refusal to cooperate and compromise with the other.

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