We’d like to think that after we say “I do,” that our marriage will begin without encountering any issues. Very few people are that lucky. The reality is that many people struggle with in their marriages. After all, we’re all human and it is only natural to get in some disagreements with our partner.

However, if disagreements are a routine problem or you’ve been struggling with one particular issue for a long time, that might signal that something in your marriage is in need of repair. Whether you’ve been married for years, are about to tie the knot, or are considering marrying the partner you’re with now, check out these red flags to keep an eye out for in your marriage.

Controlling Behavior

It is completely normal for partners to expect things from one another, but a partner should never become controlling. Often times, controlling behavior comes from a partner’s jealousy. If you are hanging out with other men or women and your partner becomes extremely jealous, they may begin attempting to control your behavior in an effort to stop any perceived affair. This controlling behavior can come in the form of constantly asking where you are, demanding updates, and forbidding you to go certain places or hang out with certain people.

Lack of Communication

Everyone knows that a good relationship is based on open communication. Communication allows you to express affection for your partner to remind them how much you love them, but also to work out issues when they arise. If you’re experiencing a communication breakdown with your partner, issues that need to be discussed often go underneath the rug. This can lead to said issue becoming even worse until it becomes almost impossible to fix.

Belittling You

While we should never look to a relationship to act as our source of self-confidence, our relationship should NEVER make us feel worse about ourselves. Relationships are not to be the only source of our happiness, but they should make us happy. A partner should never make you feel worse about yourself, whether that is through making constant comments about your appearance or making you feel stupid or silly, especially when you raise concerns about your marriage.

An Affair

This goes without saying, but an affair is an immediate red flag for a marriage. Usually, when an affair occurs, it is because one partner feels as if something in the relationship is lacking or they feel neglected by their partner. Affairs can lead to a wide variety of issues, most notably a lack of trust between partners that can threaten to ruin the marriage.

What to Do

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs in your relationship, you should attempt to reach out to a marriage counselor, like Kathleen Snyder MFT, as soon as possible. A marriage counselor can help you identify problems with your marriage and, if you’re willing, work on those problems in an effort to save your marriage. Sometimes we can’t fix some issues ourselves, and that’s okay!

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The open sea is crucially important to south Texas. Some parts of the Lone Star State can rely on tourism or retail — you can remember the Alamo one weekend then shop until you drop in Dallas the weekend after. But in South Texas, many towns and cities are fueled off of industries based in ports or offshore.

In addition, other parts of Texas have employees work in manufacturing or refineries that utilize resources extracted from offshore sites or imported through ports. Entire industries are cyclical, relying on the efficiency and safety of other businesses to make sure that workers and resources can always be accounted for. Unfortunately, however, a safe working environment is not always a reality for workers.

While offshore jobs are often called back-breaking work, few people seriously think that an incident like injuring your back could happen while working. But it is simply a fact that every year, workers injure their neck, back, and more while on the job. And for some industries that are home to truly startling statistics about workplace safety, the questions a worker must keep in their mind regarding workplace accidents is not if they will happen, but when.

Obviously, we all want to live in a world in which these types of accidents do not happen. Even in the best case scenario for a maritime or industrial workplace accident, an employee could be injured for several months. And, tragically, in the worst case scenario, an employee could lose their life.

While there is a plethora of information available online about how to work safely in different industries, some of this information might be incorrect or outdated. And in addition, there might be serious hazards in your workplace that are outside of your control, including the actions of other workers or environmental factors affecting the likelihood of an accident. Some factors affecting the chances of an injury include:

  • Age of training materials; new best practices could have already been established in your industry
  • Recklessness or negligence of other workers
  • Oversight and training specificity of managers and supervisors
  • Environmental conditions, including cleanliness and mitigation of potential risks

If any of these factors — or others that I did not mention — were the reason that you were involved in a maritime workplace accident, then you ought to contact one of the Beaumont accident lawyers that work for Portner Bond, PLLC. They are experienced with the area and the different industries that employ thousands of local residents.

Unlike insurance companies, however, their first priority is to secure your financial and physical well-being. As legal representatives, personal injury lawyers are fighting for you to win a lawsuit or benefit negotiation because when you win, they win.

So that is my advice. Be the best, safest worker that you possibly can be. But if things go awry and you are grateful for merely surviving, then it is in your best interest to call an experienced lawyer right away.

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I recently learned about Miranda rights in a college class that I’m taking. Miranda rights originated after Ernesto Miranda was not informed of his rights while he was being arrested. Today, when a police officer makes an arrest they are expected to say the following statement: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you by the court. With these rights in mind, are you still willing to talk with me about the charges against you?” I’ve heard this statement a bunch of times on movies and TV, but something popped out at me when I studied them for class: that line that says you will have an attorney appointed to you by the court if you can’t afford one.

I never thought about how you have a right to an attorney in every criminal case. That just goes to show how complicated and complex the legal system is. The government recognizes that you need an attorney for a fair trial. I know that most lawyers work at firms and they aren’t court appointed. But I began to wonder, if you can get an attorney to take on your case for free, why would you go through the trouble of hiring one? I was wondering about this so I began reading the websites for a lot of different criminal attorneys. I stumbled upon the website of Truslow & Truslow where they talked about why it’s worth the cost of hiring an attorney.

It turns out that the attorney you can get for free is known as a public defender. Public defenders have a rewarding job, because they get to work for those in the most unfortunate financial circumstances and make sure they get a fair trial. The bad part is that these public defenders have too many cases to give each one all the attention it deserves. On top of this, they are paid far less than the attorneys that work for a firm, and therefore have fewer resources available to them. All of this is going to inhibit a public defender’s ability to look at all the relevant details of your case.

When you choose to hire a lawyer from a firm, they are going to earn their money through putting in the hours necessary to get you the best possible settlement. When these lawyers provide a great defense, you have a much better chance of getting a plea bargain. If you end up getting convicted, these lawyers will continue to work with you so that you have the possibility to have your offense expunged, or taken off your record. Having a criminal offense taken off your record is well worth the money upfront. You may not want to pay several thousand dollars for a top-notch lawyer today, but if you have a DUI on your record, that could cost you a lot more down the line when you’re unable to get a high paying job.

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Alimony is an important aspect of the divorce settlement, and it can ensure the wellbeing of a former spouse until they gain financial stability again. Both men and women are subject to alimony rulings, and it is important that you understand how spousal support operates. If you don’t already have one, you need to find a trustworthy spousal support attorney who can represent your best interests.

Three Types of Alimony

The courts may award three different types of alimony if spousal support is deemed appropriate. The first type of alimony is rehabilitative alimony. Rehabilitative alimony is paid to a former spouse for a short amount of time, with hopes of temporarily supporting them until they can find a stable living situation. Permanent alimony is not temporary and will be paid to the former spouse for an indefinite period of time. The courts may update their order to terminate the alimony at some point, but for the foreseeable future, alimony payments are required. The third and final spousal support option is called a lump sum alimony payment. This amount is fixed, cannot be changed, and is due all at once.

How Alimony is Initially Awarded

In the instance that the divorced couple cannot come to an agreement on spousal support, then the Superior Court will decide for them after considering these factors:

  • How much time the couple was married
  • How much potential income each spouse can make
  • How well the couple lived during the marriage
  • How long it might take for an unemployed spouse to earn a living
  • How much value was contributed to the marital estate by each spouse

For alimony to be awarded, the Superior Court will need to be convinced that a spouse needs financial assistance after the divorce. The court will also need to determine if the paying spouse can afford alimony and the actual amount of how much they can give. The former spouse may be awarded alimony payments if they:

  • Are not capable of supporting themselves financially
  • Have been without a job for most of the marriage
  • One spouse earns the primary source of income

Modifying Alimony

Individuals who are already paying alimony may find the need to modify the amount they pay. In Georgia, certain forms of spousal support can be modified after the settlement is complete, and all forms of spousal support will be modified if the receiving spouse gets remarried or dies. In some instances, if the receiving spouse cohabitates a dwelling with another person who shares living expenses, then the courts may decide that the need for alimony is reduced. If the paying spouse has a drop in income or loses their job, then the courts may modify the amount of alimony owed. Another way that alimony may be adjusted is if the receiving spouse begins to earn enough money to support themselves independently. It’s important to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who can assist you through the spousal support arrangements.

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A 15-year old and his 62-year-old grandmother were remembered by more than a dozen people on Saturday after the two were killed in a car accident on I-80. The victims, Tayarrie Hatchett-Sims and his grandmother, Bennie Harriel died in a car crash on his fifteenth birthday as they were on their way back home from celebrating his birthday.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the two victims were in a Hyundai Sonata with another passenger (one of Hatchett-Sims’ friends), when they were forced to stop on the highway for some reason. They were then struck by a truck that was towing another vehicle. Authorities do not yet know why the Hyundai was stopped on the side of the road, nor do they understand why the truck hit their vehicle. There are also reports of conflicting evidence with this story, so stay tuned to our blog or view the news story on Sacramento’s news site Fox 40 for updates.
Fatal accidents claim the lives of countless individuals across the U.S., and the most devastating thing about them is that they could have been avoided. In this case, the accident likely could have been prevented if the driver of the truck had been paying attention, had noticed their car, and had taken the necessary precautions to avoid hitting their vehicle. Following a fatal crash like this one that claimed the lives of a grandmother and her grandson, the family members may be wondering what legal action they can take against the driver of the truck.
The details of the accident are still being uncovered, so it is too soon right now to place blame on the truck driver. However, according to Sacramento car accident attorneys like the ones that we found through a Google search, the family members of the deceased may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party that caused the accident. A wrongful death lawsuit serves to hold negligent or reckless parties accountable for injuries or deaths that they cause, and it serves to financially compensate the family for funeral costs and emotional distress and trauma of losing a loved one. While it is often difficult to think about lawsuits following the tragic loss of a loved one, the realities usually settle in shortly after the event, and you may discover that you need to be compensated in some manner for your loss and the associated expenses that come with it.
In the case of this accident, the California Highway Patrol is still investigating and more details have not been released. Once we know more about the accident, how it occurred, and who was at fault, we will have a better idea of the legal ramifications of the accident. In the meantime, we wish to offer the family our sincerest condolences and we hope that they are able to move on from this traumatic incident and find some peace and solace moving forward.

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Drug charges involving controlled substances come with life-changing consequences. We understand how overwhelming a drug charge my feel after you’ve been accused, especially, in Westchester. Fortunately, we’re familiar with the tactics a prosecution team may use against you, and we are prepared to defend you at the highest level so you leave this situation as unscathed as possible.

Sad to say, but one life-changing consequence of a drug charge is difficulty in landing in a good job or in any kind of job, for that matter. Actually, during the past two decades, one thing that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has witnessed is job applicants getting questioned by their prospect employers if they have been charged or convicted in the past. These employers also often do a background check for a possible criminal record and, if an applicant does have a record, this would be used to reject his/her application.

Though this may be a clear form of discrimination, the EEOC cannot hold an employer liable for violating the law unless it is clearly proven that the use of an applicant’s past criminal record is the real basis of the rejection. One actual example on this involves a case wherein an employer rejected the job application of an African American due to his criminal record, and then hired a White applicant whose skills were comparable to the former.

Workplace discrimination is one ill human behavior that has affected the work environment for so long. It has caused deep emotional injuries in so many victims, as well as ruined their lives, simply because they have been perceived as, or believed to be, different, weaker, (sometimes) dangerous, or just not preferable or likeable due to their race, color, language, accent, style of dressing, ideology, physical appearance, religion, behavior, and so forth.

The EEOC, an agency formed by the US Congress in 1964 for the enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, aims to create an equal society by prohibiting any form of discriminatory practice and behavior in the workplace; it encompasses all employment-related decisions from employment screening, to hiring and retention, and covers all firms, whether educational institutions, state and local governments, or private companies, that have 15 or more employees.

To avoid discrimination, as well as to avoid ending up hiring someone who poses an unacceptable risk, the EEOC formulated a three-part test that employers can use whenever considering an applicant with a past criminal record:

  • the gravity and nature of the conduct or criminal offense;
  • how long ago was the crime or the conviction; and,
  • what is the actual nature of the work the applicant is applying into, where is the work to be performed, the amount of supervision the applicant, once accepted, will receive, how much interaction with others is required by the job, and so forth.

As explained by Cary Kane LLP, inquiring about arrests or conviction during a job application and interview can only be done by employers in government agencies, the Port Authority or enforcement agencies. Those in private companies definitely are prohibited by the law from making inquiries regarding criminal records, much more from using these as ground to deny one’s application. In the event of an infraction of the Civil Rights Act by an employer an applicant or an employee can file a discrimination case, the sooner the better.


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In the blockbuster film Gone Girl (2014), the main character Amy Elliot-Dunne staged her own fake murder in order to have her husband convicted and sentenced to death after she finds out that he was cheating on her. In the movie, she says, “To fake a convincing murder, you have to have discipline.

It then begs the question – is it still really a crime if there was no actual crime committed?

This tends to me the question that most people seem to ask. Since Amy’s character staged the whole thing, is what she did still illegal? There are many underlying tones in that film and novel that point out some of the flaws in the way some mysterious crimes are investigated. One such crime that involves no actual “crime” being committed is that of conspiracy.

According to the website of the lawyers with Kohler Hart Powell, SC, conspiracy to commit a crime is still a federal offense in and of itself. Conspiracy to commit fraudulence or an assassination, for example, is something that takes considerable amount of discipline in order to plan.

However, what a lot of people don’t know is that sometimes, there is no basis for the charges being brought against you if you are being charged with conspiracy. Chances are that agents have been monitoring you, suspecting conspiracy, and they are particularly skilled with years of experience at the art of asking subtle and seemingly innocuous questions with potentially incriminating answers if you don’t know how the law works. There have been cases wherein a person unknowingly gave a testimony that was detrimental for their own situation, thereby giving them a harder time in the long run.

If you are being questioned or suspected by federal agents for conspiracy, it is recommended that you exercise your right to remain silent and to first contact an attorney before you make any sort of statement in order to give you your best chance at a fair and smooth case.

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Boating may be seen by many as one recreational activity where risk is minor – with all the waters surrounding the vessel, the only danger that anyone could possibly face is if he/she cannot swim and falls overboard. On the contrary, like any other motor vehicle, if a boat operator or passengers fail to observe safety procedures, then they may likely find themselves victims of a serious accident.

The U.S. Coast Guard‘s record for all reported boating accidents in the U.S. shows 651 fatalities and 3,000 injuries under recreational boating for the year 2012. Though these figures have been the lowest since 2004, these can still be significantly reduced since majority of these accidents are due to acts of carelessness or recklessness by the boat operator and/or passengers.

The top causes of boating accidents include excessive speed, machinery failure, improper lookout, operator’s lack of experience, man overboard and capsizing; accidents that have occurred due to these causes, as well as those accidents due to other causes, the ones at fault or those involved were usually drunk boat operators or drunken boat passengers.

Capsizing is this leading cause of fatality in boating accidents. This usually occurs during nightfall, when both intoxication and the darkness begin to cause a boat operator to make poor judgments, especially while anchoring, maneuvering, or docking.

Drinking alcohol while on sea can affect a boat operator’s balance, coordination, vision and judgment much faster than when it is consumed on land. This is due to the overall marine environment, where a boat’s operator and passengers experience the sun, wind, sea water mist or spray, engine noise, vibration and motion. Thus, due to alcohol, capsizing boats and drunken passengers falling overboard have been common cause-of-death reports.

In a website found at www.thebentonlawfirm.com/brownsville/, it is said that “Any accident in which there is an injury is a traumatic experience that can leave its victims in degraded financial, emotional, and physical states. Personal injuries are bodily or emotional harm that occurs as the result of the misconduct of someone else, whether the harm was intentionally inflicted or not. Such injuries have a considerable impact on victims’ lives and should be handled with the care and attention they deserve. Victims often face a variety of setbacks after their injury, including painful recovery periods, expensive treatments, lost time at work, and emotional distress. Financial compensation, though it cannot undo the injury or its lasting effects, can take a considerable burden off the victim and ensure that the party responsible for the injury is held legally and financially responsible.”

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There are product liability laws that protect consumers from the dangers of defective products, as these defective products can result into injury or death. Still, there are a lot of product liability lawsuits out there that prove that the fangs of these laws are not scaring manufacturers and sellers enough. Products still do not undergo proper safety testing, putting consumers in danger.

According to the website of a Tucson personal injury attorney, common product liability lawsuits involve pharmaceuticals, toxic food containers, dangerous childcare products and toys, design and manufacturing defects, and vehicle defects.

Dangerous products are so spread out in the United States that they even include defective household appliances, so even those who are just at home are at risk.

Defective household appliances can result into harmful chemical spills, fire, electrocution, and other dangers that make innocent people who are just at home become prone to burns, lacerations, and other injuries.

Faulty Wiring

Common malfunctions involve faulty wirings. Once a household appliance with a faulty wiring is plugged in, the person handling the appliance may be subject to electrocution. It is also known that faulty wirings are one of the leading causes of residential fires, may it be because of improper installations or the use of old components.

Design Defects

There are also built-in defects that may put the designer or manufacturer at fault. If the unintelligent design of a product causes it to malfunction and hurt a person, we may be looking at a product liability lawsuit because of a defective household appliance. The most common built-in defects involve kitchen appliances, like microwaves and garbage disposals.

Lack of Safety Measures

Appliances, especially those that are inherently dangerous, need to have warning labels and proper use instructions. But there are known instances where the labels, warnings, and instructions are not clear enough or entirely absent. This puts unsuspecting consumers at risk.

Other important notes that regard to safety should also be visible in the product, like if a particular appliance should be on top of a wooden support to prevent conduction or be away from water sources.

Poor Maintenance

Some appliances have a higher risk of malfunction if they are not well-maintained. For example, if you are renting a home with clothes dryer that is full of lint, the clothes dryer have the higher tendency to malfunction. The owner of the rented home may be liable for the damages because of his negligence.

Whether you own or rent a home, it is important to know the dangers of defective household products. Take into consideration the age of the house, the appliances you plug into the outlets of your house and their safety measures. Being diligent might be the very thing that saves you from the dangers of defective products.

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In 2012, an estimated 29.1 million admitted to being under the influence of alcohol when they operated their vehicle. The year after, 1,171,935 drivers were arrested due to alcohol-impaired driving or driving under the influence (DUI): these information are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Alcohol-impaired driving remains to be a major concern for authorities; this is in spite of the continuous educational programs, ads and warnings on drivers from the federal, state and local government agencies and various private concerned groups, like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Despite the very high number of those guilty of drunk-driving, it is a good thing that fatal accidents due to alcohol-impairment only totaled to 10,076 and 9,967 in 2013 and 2014, respectively.;these figures are based on cases of fatal accidents reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA).

Many different studies have shown and proven that alcohol weakens the mental capacity and motor skills of people who drink. It specifically affects an individual’s perception, judgment, coordination, reaction time, and overall ability in keeping his or her focus. In all U.S. states, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for car drivers is 0.08%, this may be reached after 4 alcoholic drinks within an hour, according to the CDC. Studies have also shown, though, that even at 0.02% BAC (about 2 alcoholic drinks), a person’s ability to perform two tasks at the same time may already be reduced; other effects include decline in visual functions and some loss of judgment. Now, if a 0.02% BAC level already has an impact in a person which may affect his or her driving, how much more will a 0.08% BAC affect his or her capability in operating a vehicle safely? With weakened or impaired control over his or her skills, risks of accident and injury increase; this is basically the reason why drunk driving is considered a major traffic offense.

The millions of arrests and thousands of fatal accidents every year only show how reckless or careless so many drivers are. Drunk-driving not only results to statistical data; it destroys lives of victims and of victims’ families. According to The Benton Law Firm, filing a civil lawsuit against at-fault drunk-drivers to seek compensation is not enough. A criminal suit which will punish the at-fault driver, if only to keep him or her from repeating the very wrong thing he or she has committed is probably necessary.

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