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Attorneys share common reasons for divorce

For decades, researchers who examine marriage breakups have suggested many causes, from money to mothers-in-law. However, attorneys who work daily with couples contemplating divorce offer some intimate details about what they see as the most common reasons why couples split. For many couples in Tennessee, it may boil down to communication.

When a couple is unable to talk about marital issues, such as money, chores or even intimacy, it may be that one or the other spouse does not want to bring that negativity into the open. Even though it may be possible to resolve those issues, couples may take the easy way out and ignore the problem. Unfortunately, those problems often become compounded, and taking the easy way out is suddenly not so easy. Couples who don't communicate may become like strangers, misunderstanding one another about crucial things.

Divorce: It's never black or white, but apparently may be gray

Something happened in Tennessee and throughout the nation between 1990 and 2010. A new trend developed and became so common that the media and others applied a colloquial term to it. It has to do with divorce, more specifically, people over age 50 who file for it in court. It's known as gray divorce, and the number of people seeking it doubled in just 20 years.

No divorce is easy, but those occurring past age 50 appear to be especially challenging in many circumstances. Severing marital ties tends to lead to changes in all aspects of life, including and particularly so where finances are concerned. It's often the case that the older a person is when getting divorced, the more financially disadvantaged he or she may become as well.

Resolving child custody issues for summer vacation

If there is one thing children in Tennessee look forward to, it is summer vacation. Being off from school and free to enjoy days of leisure is what kids work for all year long. For divorced parents, however, the approach of summer may bring anxiety and uncertainty, especially if their child custody agreement does not include plans for vacations or summer trips. However, it does not have to be that way if the parents are willing to work out a reasonable arrangement.

Ideally, the custody plan parents agreed to during their divorce contained a workable summer schedule. However, sometimes it may be necessary to deviate from that plan; for example, doing so may make sense if one parent has an opportunity to take the kids to a theme park or out-of-town family gathering. While the situation between the two parents may be tense, it is preferable that they meet to work out an alternative arrangement for these situations. One parent may approach the other with a tentative schedule, and the two can amiably reach an agreement.

Tennessee waitress facing drug charges

In the restaurant business, bad service can mean the demise of an establishment. One Tennessee restaurant is now dealing with the backlash of an incident involving one of its waitresses. While the incident may have brought bad press to the restaurant, the waitress is now facing drug charges, which could alter the course of her life.

Police responded to the restaurant after an off-duty deputy called in an assault. When investigators arrived, the deputy told them that his waitress had dropped a small baggie of cocaine in his glass of water. Investigators, along with the restaurant manager, viewed surveillance video that apparently showed the glass of water on the deputy's table and the baggie dropping into it as the waitress took the deputy's order. According to police, the waitress admitted the cocaine was hers, but she insisted she did not intentionally drop it into the officer's water.

Drunk driving conviction no longer means trash pickup

When people consider possible penalties for DUI, most probably think of fines, jail time or license suspension. However, many people in Tennessee may also be aware of the community service that was a mandatory consequence for a drunk driving conviction. This penalty served the two-fold purpose of providing the person convicted with an alternative to jail while fulfilling a need in the community.

Recently, however, the state legislature voted to toughen DUI laws by removing the community service option. In the past, those convicted of drunk driving spent 24 hours in jail and 24 hours collecting trash from along the roadways. Not only did this save Tennessee counties money by providing this cleanup without charge, but it reduced the amount of time a convicted driver spent behind bars.

DIY divorce may mean years of regret

It seems the recent trend of do-it-yourself television programming and websites has made experts of nearly everyone. Suddenly, people are making home repairs, cooking gourmet meals and offering fashion advice with little more experience than a few hours in front of a screen. However, trusting important matters to online wisdom only goes so far, and people in Tennessee probably know when to call in professional help. For example, do-it-yourself divorces can leave a person dealing with regret.

When a couple is heading toward divorce, they are embarking on complex legal issues. Making legal mistakes can sometimes result in costly consequences, especially when it comes to dividing assets and debts equitably. A small mistake in paperwork or filing can leave someone with a lifetime of financial harm. An attorney can ensure that papers are completed correctly and according to the client's wishes, then file those documents in a timely manner.

When life changes, should your child support order also change?

Life is full of unexpected changes and struggles, and sometimes, these things can impact your financial health as well. When significant changes in circumstances make it difficult to live with the terms of your current child support order, it can be a serious concern for you and your Tennessee family, but you do have options.

In some cases, it may be possible to seek and obtain a modification to an existing support order. Whether you are a parent who needs more money to care for his or her child or you are the supporting parent facing extenuating and difficult circumstances, you do not have to face it alone.

Racial profiling cited in drug charges against NBA player

Any time police pull someone over for a traffic stop, they can start looking for evidence of various crimes. For instance, police often look for signs that a driver is under the influence of drugs or in possession of drugs.

However, even if police find drugs or paraphernalia in the vehicle, such evidence can be thrown out if the traffic stop was unlawful in the first place. This is what happened in the case against NBA player Mike Scott and his brother.

3 ways to keep child custody discussions from becoming battles

Child custody cases can be some of the most difficult cases in family law. Between the negative feelings parents often have about each other and the fears of losing the relationship with a child, custody cases can leave everyone scared and willing to fight tooth-and-nail for what they want.

However, child custody does not have be a battle. While it is certainly not an easy situation to go through, it also doesn't have to be impossible. In fact, there are a few things you can do to keep things fairly amicable and avoid the pain and contention of a courtroom battle if you are dealing with child custody issues.

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