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Collision leaves cement truck driver facing DUI charges

Operating a commercial vehicle can be a demanding task and with the decrease in maneuverability, any errors can be difficult to correct. Those who veer off course in such a vehicle may find themselves facing a potentially hazardous scenario that could place their safety and health at risk. Unfortunately, a recent single-vehicle crash in California has left the driver of a cement truck facing DUI charges.

Law enforcement agents assert the incident took place on a recent Friday morning as the man was driving a cement truck away from the site of a construction project. According to reports, the vehicle suddenly veered over a concrete curb and off the road. The man reportedly overcorrected while attempting to navigate back onto the road, and after steering sharply to the right, his truck suddenly overturned.

Looking to the future after a negative divorce outcome

There are many different reasons why individuals face a negative or unbalanced outcome to their divorce. In some circumstances, one spouse works with an attorney and the other does not. This can unfairly skew the results in favor of the spouse with legal representation.

It is also relatively common for someone who doesn't necessarily want a divorce to fail to advocate for themselves in court. If you felt emotionally overwhelmed at the time of your divorce, you may not have been thinking clearly and able to make the best decision for yourself. Some people simply acquiesce to every request made by their spouse in the hope of minimizing stress and getting the process over with quickly.

Understanding the issues kids may experience after divorce

The end of a marriage can have a substantial impact on the lives of everyone involved. While parents in California might be somewhat excited about opening a new chapter of life after divorce, they may worry that the process will disrupt the lives of their kids. Those who wish to safeguard the well-being of their kids could benefit from understanding the issues they may experience following divorce and seeking advice on how to address each in turn.

It is no secret that the end of a marriage can be tough on kids. Following a divorce, studies indicate that children may develop a variety of potential issues, such as behavioral problems at home or school. Experts also suggest that divorce could also increase the risk of mental health issues among children, and if left unresolved, these issues could stay with them throughout life.

Should I pursue a contested child custody case?

Going through a child custody case can be stressful, and it can create a great deal of uncertainty for both yourself and your children. Many parents decide that they want the whole process to be over as soon as possible, but in doing so, they may come out with a less than optimal outcome. Other parents wonder if it's worth investing extra time in contesting a child custody case so they can get the outcome they think is best for their children.

Deciding whether to pursue a contested child custody case will involve many different considerations. For example, you may have reason to believe that your children are being abused or neglected at the other parent's home. In a case like this, you will consider it worthwhile to contest the ruling.

You will likely need to split your employer pension in a divorce

Divorcing typically means that you will have to figure out a way to split up your assets and debts. Unless you have a prenuptial agreement that guides the process, you and your spouse will need to come to terms on your own or let the courts divide your assets in compliance with California state law.

Most people recognize that assets like their family home are subject to division in the divorce. There are other assets, however, that typically get considered marital property that people may believe they own independently. Retirement account and pensions are a perfect example.

Police checkpoint leaves 2 facing DUI charges in California

Law enforcement officers employ a variety of measures in an attempt to cut down on driver impairment. In some cases, authorities may set up temporary DUI checkpoints, and those who encounter these checkpoints may be uncertain of their rights and how best to handle the situation. Several drivers were given citations at a recent checkpoint in California that also left two individuals facing DUI charges.

Authorities say the checkpoint was set up on a recent Friday night and lasted until the early hours of Saturday morning. Police claim to have screened as many as 1,500 vehicles during these hours and they assert the process led to citations for as many as 11 drivers. Although many of the details concerning the methods used in determining impairment remain unclear, the checkpoint also led to the arrest of two individuals who now face charges for drunk driving.

Limiting the impact of stress following a divorce in California

Making the decision to end a marriage can be an intimidating process. Studies on divorce even indicate that the process can have a substantial impact on various areas of a person's life. Individuals in California who are going through a similar process could benefit from gaining awareness of how to protect their physical and mental well-being by understanding the issues they might face following a divorce.

Studies indicate that it might not be uncommon for individuals who are going through the end of a marriage to experience issues with fatigue and frequent changes in mood and behavior. The stress of divorce could also bring about issues with sadness or depression. Experts suggest that the stress involved can also impact a person's physical well-being and lead to temporary issues with headaches and indigestion.

Knowing how to handle the holidays following a divorce

For many families, preparing for the coming months may involve little more than making travel plans and purchasing gifts for loved ones. However, for parents in California who are going through the end of a marriage, figuring out how to handle the holidays can be a harrowing process. When facing divorce, parents may benefit from seeking guidance on how to safeguard the well-being of the kids and reduce the stress of the upcoming holiday season.

With the likelihood of having two separate households to plan for, figuring out how to handle visitation during the holidays can be a challenging task. When discussing holiday schedules, parents may find it advisable to be mindful of the wishes of their children while keeping them out of any disagreements. Parents may also benefit from understanding that plans can be subject to change, and a flexible mindset could prevent unnecessary conflict.

Single-vehicle accident leaves 1 facing felony DUI charges

Motor vehicle accidents may take place under a variety of circumstances. For instance, with the inherent reduction in visibility, accidents that take place at night may simply be the result of poor lighting and driver disorientation. Unfortunately, a recent single-vehicle accident in which a passenger suffered injuries has left a 25-year-old man facing felony DUI charges in California.

Law enforcement agents advised they received reports of the incident at around 11:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday. According to reports, the accident took place when a driver lost control of his vehicle and veered into a nearby ditch. Police say the vehicle overturned into the ditch and state that a passenger was ejected from the vehicle in the process.

Bankruptcy: Forming a plan to reduce or eliminate debts

Constantly dealing with high levels of debt can be a nerve-racking process, and unfortunately for some, it is also a reality. While there are numerous scenarios in which a person in California may experience financial strain, some forms of debt tend to be more troublesome than others. Those who are going through extended periods of struggle could benefit from speaking with a bankruptcy attorney for guidance on the available outlets for relief.

When it comes to financial concerns, credit card debt remains one of the most common culprits. With high interests rates on many accounts, similar obligations can place a significant financial weight on a person, and those who fall behind on payments could struggle to regain control of their finances. Payday loans are also a source of monetary strain for many, and the consequences of defaulting on such a loan can be catastrophic.

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