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January 2019 Archives

What it means to have sole custody or joint custody of a child

One of the hardest aspects of ending a marriage is figuring out how two parents will share the custody and enjoyment of their kids. In Tennessee parents may be granted sole custody of their kids or joint custody, and these designations may apply to both the physical and legal custody of their kids. The following paragraphs will attempt to provide more clarity on these terms but readers should discuss their individual legal questions with their attorneys.

Twelve people arrested on drug charges in one Tennessee county

Criminal charges of any form can seriously impact the rights and freedoms that a person may enjoy into the future. If they are arrested they may be forced to expend time and money to defend themselves against their charges, and if they are convicted they may face serious penalties such as incarceration or fines. While some readers may believe serious crimes like murder and assault comprise the bulk of law enforcement officials' efforts to prevent harm to the public, many arrests for alleged drug crimes are made each and every day.

Dividing marital property in Tennessee

The property that the partners to a Tennessee marriage share may be subject to division in the event that the partners decide to end their marriage in divorce. Marital property may be distributed to divorcing parties by agreement or by the ruling of their family law court. Martial property can take on many forms, from real estate and parcels of land to investments, accounts, and other items of personal property.

What penalties can a driver face if they have DUI convictions?

It is in no one's interests to rack up DUI convictions in Tennessee. Therefore, a person can benefit from fighting their first DUI charge with the help of a zealous legal advocate who is committed to the protection of their client's rights. Fighting charges can prevent convictions from building up on a driver's records and subjecting them to serious penalties for amassing multiple DUI convictions.

Important records to keep to avoid support payment disputes

When a Tennessee couple ends its marriage in divorce one of the parties may be required to provide the other with spousal support, also known as alimony. The party that receives primary physical custody of their couple's kids may also be entitled to receive child support so that they are not solely responsible for meeting their children's financial needs. Therefore, when a divorce is finalized a person may discover that they are bound to pay both spousal and child support for the care and benefit of their former spouse and kids.

Drug-impaired accidents more common than alcohol crashes

The methods for testing whether a driver is impaired by alcohol have changed little over the last few decades other than through improvements in technology. Researchers have studied the ways the typical person's body reacts to alcohol and applied that knowledge to the development of tests to determine how much alcohol is safe to consume before driving. The fact is that it takes very little alcohol to impair your ability to drive safely.

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