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Avoid a DUI with these 4 tips

You like to drink when you go out, and most of the time, you give yourself plenty of time to sober up before you head home. This time, you thought that you were fine to drive, but the reality was that you were not.

As you drove, a police officer started to follow behind you, and it wasn't long until you saw the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You were stopped, over the limit and now you face a DUI.

Overcoming the stigma of bankruptcy

Bankruptcy, like many things in life, can be seen to have a certain stigma attached to it. While, theoretically, you may believe that the judgment of others should never affect you, it's normal to have concerns. You may be embarrassed to admit to friends that you are facing bankruptcy, or worried that your children will lose respect for you. Additionally, you may worry about your employer learning about your bankruptcy filing.

While all of these worries are understandable, it is important to acknowledge that they are very much irrational worries that are founded by societal expectations and cultural norms. It's perhaps nobler to face up to the fact that you are having financial difficulties than to bury your head in the sand and to keep spending so that you are perceived as outwardly successful. The following are some ways to deal with your fear of the stigma of bankruptcy.

Why joint custody may be the best option for your whole family

If you and your spouse plan to get a divorce, one of your biggest concerns likely is the impact the divorce will have on your children. Unfortunately, few children of any age react well to the news that their parents are breaking up.

Therefore, how you and your spouse handle your divorce, especially when it comes to post-divorce custody arrangements, may well affect your children for years to come, if not for their entire lives. That is why you may want to consider joint custody.

How to rebuild credit after Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the most common form of bankruptcy in the United States. Consumers and businesses alike use it to liquidate their assets to get on better financial footing. Although the overall bankruptcy rate has declined in recent years, it has remained steady in Tennessee. The state is actually the second highest in the nation for bankruptcy filings. 

A lot of people become intimidated by the bankruptcy process. However, people considering it should view it as the beginning and not the end. You will still be able to purchase a house one day. It all depends on how you treat your finances during and after the bankruptcy. Here are some surefire steps for improving your credit score after you file for bankruptcy. 

Know and assert your Miranda rights

Should a Tennessee law enforcement officer try to question you about a criminal case (s)he is working on, you need to know that you are under no legal obligation to voluntarily talk with him or her. It is true. Your Miranda rights and your constitutional rights from which they flow mean that you never need to talk with law enforcement officers without having your attorney with you. All you must do is give officers your name and identification if and when they ask for it. Other than that, you need do nothing further or divulge any additional information.

While your best interests dictate that you never “mouth off” to a law enforcement officer, you nevertheless should feel free to calmly assert your Miranda rights whenever you need to. You probably have heard these rights recited numerous times in movies and on TV, so you likely already know that your Miranda rights have the following four components

  1. You have the right to remain silent.
  2. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
  3. You have the right to an attorney.
  4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.

3 reasons you may modify your custody arrangement

Negotiating custody is often a contentious task. You must communicate with your ex and find an arrangement that works for both of you and your child, too. Needless to say, this can be stressful, so it is important to consider all of your options when you are contemplating a modification to your custody agreement. You should also consider whether a modification is the best option for your situation.

There are a few reasons why a modification might be necessary. In each case, you should discuss the proposed changes with your ex and your child before proceeding with any changes. The following are some of the most common reasons why you might consider a custody modification.

The differences between contested and uncontested divorce

Your marriage is headed for divorce, and one of your friends told you how mediation helped her and her spouse resolve their conflicts. However, with the dynamics of your marriage, you are unsure whether an uncontested divorce would be the best decision. You and other Tennessee residents can benefit from understanding the differences between an uncontested divorce and going to court.

As you may be aware, uncontested divorce assists couples in negotiating solutions to their disputes without a judge making the decisions for them. There are numerous benefits to mediation or collaborative law, two popular uncontested divorce methods. However, alternative dispute resolution is not for everyone.

3 types of bankruptcy in Mount Juliet

If you are facing mounting debt without the ability to pay back your creditors, bankruptcy may be an option you are considering. Although bankruptcy is an umbrella term, in this article, you will learn about three different types of bankruptcy that a Mount Juliet attorney can help you with. 

It is important for you to get an idea of the type of bankruptcy filing that is most suitable for your particular situation. Each type of bankruptcy serves different needs. Here is a brief explanation of three types of bankruptcy filings to help you understand which may be the one you could pursue:

Differences between misdemeanors and felonies

Many people end up going to Tennessee jails and prisons every year to the point where many are at capacity or close to it. For example, the Bradley County Jail in 2016 had only 400 beds but over 500 inmates.

Anyone looking to avoid jail time needs to build a good defense, and the best defense will depend on the charges placed against the individual. The lawyer will look at whether the charges are misdemeanors or felonies. There are many differences between these two other than the fact misdemeanors are for lesser crimes than felonies. 

Happier holiday co-parenting takes planning, flexibility, love

Holiday time is a time of tradition for most of us. If you are a family going through divorce or separation, holiday time can mean significantly added pressures to life as children seek and parents try to deliver the happiest of holidays possible.

Attorneys experienced in and sensitive to such parenting challenges know these can be hard times, but also know it is possible to not just weather potential storms but sail through them. What it takes is robust planning, flexibility, a mindset of understanding and reflection on the fact that joy in the holidays is rooted in love.

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