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Turning to a trusted friend may be helpful in divorce

Going through a divorce is no easier for Alabama residents than it is for anyone else throughout the nation. In fact, sometimes, such situations get downright nasty, especially if spouses disagree about important matters, such as child custody, marital property or spousal support. Some say that turning to close friends for support can be very helpful.

A  good friend is typically willing to listen if the person going through divorce feels a need to vent. After all, divorce can be highly emotionally charged with day-to-day emotions fluctuating between anger, sorrow, confusion or even eagerness. If a friend says he or she is willing be a shoulder to lean on, it might be a good idea to take advantage of the offer.

Can losses be recovered after Alabama motor vehicle accidents?

It's difficult to tell how long a person's recovery will take when he or she is injured in a car accident. Many Alabama motor vehicle accidents are fatal, leaving families devastated. Other collisions result in nonfatal injuries, many of which may still be quite severe.

Recently, a 66-year-old man was riding a bicycle when a car struck him. The tragedy occurred just after 8 a.m., along a stretch of road where motorists are often said to drive at excessive speeds. Sadly, the man did not survive his injuries. The driver of the car remained unscathed.

Former baseball player's family law situation just got worse

Major League Baseball fans in Alabama and throughout the nation are likely familiar with Danny Tartabull's long-standing career with the Yankees. In fact, many may recall that he was the highest paid player in the American League in 1992. At that time, he had signed a 5-year, $27 million contract. These days, Tartabull's spending his time behind bars, after his recent arrest concerning a contentious family law situation.

Tartabull is said to owe at least $275,000 in unpaid child support. He was convicted of child support violations in 2011, but apparently never turned himself in as expected. Recently, he called police to report that someone had allegedly broken into his vehicle.

Recovering losses after Alabama motor vehicle accidents

Alabama roadways are no different than other roads in the nation in that they are sometimes highly dangerous places. The types of things that place travelers at risk vary. Sometimes, inclement weather and/or road conditions play a part. Other times, motor vehicle accidents occur because motorists have been negligent.

Even if you're alert and cautious behind the wheel, and do your best to adhere to traffic regulations while driving, there's often little or nothing you can do about another driver's actions. It might be possible to take an earlier exit or distance your vehicle from another if you think the driver is acting in a way that may cause a collision. However, it's not always possible to safely pull off the road, make a lane change or some other maneuver to avoid a crash.

Arrested for driving under the influence? Breathe and fight back

Being pulled over and seeing those red and blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror can naturally be intimidating. If police believe that you have been driving under the influence, however, this can be an even more frightening scenario.

In Alabama, like in every other state, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime. Fortunately, though, even if you are arrested for DUI, you are presumed innocent until and unless you are proved guilty in a court of law.

What can be done when divorce seems so unfair?

Just as no two wedding days in Alabama are exactly alike, the same goes for the process of getting a divorce. It's an intensely personal issue, which always has consequences, some more negative than others. One common thread in many divorce proceedings is a sense that the situation seems so unfair. These feelings may stem from emotional issues or more tangible matters, such as child custody arrangements or financial agreements.

The reasons for such feelings vary. For some, it's because they see a former spouse moving on in life, perhaps even remarrying and including their children in the ceremonies (which can be extremely emotional for the other parent). Others grow frustrated about money, especially if it appears that the ex is doing better financially.

Couple says family law process in United States is prejudiced

Many married couples in Alabama can relate to others who, for whatever reasons, are unable to conceive children. Some have no trouble conceiving, but consistently lose their pregnancies through miscarriage. This has prompted many spouses to enter the child adoption process. A couple in another state was thinking along these lines, but their hopes and dreams were abruptly halted when, as they tell it, they learned how prejudiced the family law process for adoption was at the agency they contacted.

Both spouses in this particular situation happen to be of Indian descent. However, neither has family in India and both were born and raised in Great Britain. They are proud of their heritage, and after many failed attempts to have biological children of their own, they decided to adopt.

Woman starts company to help others navigate divorce

Marriage isn't always easy; in fact, some problems seem insurmountable, prompting spouses to sever their ties. Some say fewer people in Alabama and throughout the nation are filing for divorce these days. Nevertheless, many people who do choose this route as the most viable option often find themselves facing several challenges as they adapt to new lifestyles.

One woman who has been divorced more than once said she had such a difficult time the first time around that she wanted to do something to help others avoid similar experiences. She said her main goal is to show people it's okay to mourn their losses, but also to give them the tools and resources they need to move forward in life. The events her company hosts feature discussions regarding finances, dating and other issues that can evoke strong emotions post divorce, such as surviving the holidays.

Criminal defense may prove difficult if you lie to police

A 22-year-old college student is said to have recently attended a music festival in another state. While there, police officers visited his home near the University of Alabama campus. His roommate denied their request to enter; they apparently obtained a search warrant and said they found substantial amounts of drugs and cash in the house. Authorities say he promised them he'd return to turn himself in, but he never showed up. Generally speaking, most criminal defense analysts would agree that's not the best way to handle such situations.

When authorities searched the student's home, they said they found nearly $60,000 in cash, over 4 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and various other types of drugs and drug paraphernalia. They also claim there were illegal drugs and packaging materials in a cooler on the student's front porch. The roommate allegedly admitted knowing his friend dabbled in drug transactions but had no clue he was running a sophisticated drug operation.

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.

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