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A Mississippi contested divorce can quickly get out of hand

The vast majority of divorcing couples want to end their marriages in an amicable way. Unfortunately, a Mississippi resident who is dealing with a contested divorce may quickly find that the whole thing can get out of hand pretty fast. Legal counsel can help one through it if that happens.

Recently, a long-practicing divorce attorney shared a story about the messiest dissolution case she ever encountered in her career. At the end of it all, her client came out of it with the court on his side, but it took time to get there. This case serves as a good example that how one acts and what one says during the divorce process matters.

Mississippi wrongful death: 1 killed in recent crash

Investigators for the Mississippi Highway Patrol are in the process of looking into the cause of a fatal accident that occurred in Madison County near the end of March. One woman is said to have died in the event. In an effort to recoup their losses, this individual's surviving family members may pursue a wrongful death claim in civil court, if doing so is deemed appropriate.

It was recently reported that, around 2 a.m. on March 23, the victim -- a 52-year-old woman -- was operating her SUV eastbound on Highway 16 when her vehicle was struck from behind. The force of impact sent the victim's vehicle off of the roadway and into a tree. Sadly, this individual died at the scene of the crash.

Are you facing a toxic divorce?

Non-contentious forms of divorce seem to dominate the internet. People would be wise to put aside their differences and work together in order to reach an amicable settlement. The problem is that isn't always possible.

In many cases, couples simply can't get along well enough to sit down together like this. If you are part of one of those couples, you shouldn't feel compelled to "follow the crowd." You need to do what is best for you and your family as you enter into a new phase of your life.

Felony criminal defense: Woman charged in stabbing incident

Police in Hattiesburg recently arrested a woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend. The potential charges against this individual are quite serious. She can help herself by turning to an experienced felony criminal defense attorney for guidance and representation in court.

According to reports, on Wednesday, March 13, around 1 a.m., police were called to investigate a domestic disturbance at a residence on Beverly Hills Road. When they arrived, they found an underage man had been stabbed. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment. His 23-year-old girlfriend was taken into custody.

Mississippi business litigation: When a contract breach occurs

In business, contracts make the world go round.  Business owners in Mississippi and elsewhere depend on contracts to keep their companies running smoothly and to hold partners, employees, suppliers and even clients accountable for their actions. When a contract breach occurs, there are a few ways to handle it. In some cases, the only way to reach resolution is through business litigation.

A breach of contract is said to occur when one party fails to live up to the terms agreed to in the said contract. It does not matter if the breach is minor or major; the offended party has the right to seek damages for any losses suffered as a result of the breach. Before taking the issue to court, mediation or arbitration may be utilized to resolve the issue. Either can work and will typically cost less and take less time than traditional litigation.

A felony criminal defense does not end if you are convicted

Mississippi residents who have been charged and convicted on felony-level charges may feel that life as they know it is over. They may feel that their prison sentence is secured and there is nothing they can do about it. The truth is, a person's felony criminal defense does not end if one is convicted. What exactly does that mean?

Everyone, no matter what charges they were convicted on, has the right to pursue post-conviction proceedings. In other words, everyone has the right to keep fighting for justice. What exactly can one do? There are a few things. When there is concern that one's constitutional rights may be or may have been violated, it is possible to:

  • Have legal counsel present at sentencing
  • Appeal the conviction
  • Review the competence of their trial attorney

Understanding the basics of alimony can help you financially plan

Alimony, which is sometimes called spousal support, is a type of payment made from one former spouse to another after divorce. However, alimony is not a component in all divorces, so if you are going through divorce, it can be helpful to understand the basics of what alimony is and how an alimony award is determined.

What is alimony?

Mississippi wrongful death: Crash in Hattiesburg leaves 2 dead

Hattiesburg Police along with the Mississippi Highway Patrol are in the process of investigating a car crash that left two people dead and an officer injured. This event reportedly occurred Saturday, Jan. 26. While the cause of the crash is still unknown, if negligence on behalf of the officer contributed to the wreck, the victims' families may pursue compensation for their losses by filing wrongful death claims in civil court.

This event occurred near Edwards Street and U.S. Highway 49 around 6 p.m., according to a news report. A picture of the crash scene shows a police car with heavy front end damage and a sedan with one of its sides crushed in. The driver and passenger of the sedan -- a 66-year-old male and an 80-year-old female -- are said to have died at the scene. A Forrest County Sheriff's deputy was behind the wheel of the police car. He is said to have suffered minor injuries.

How does a contested divorce work?

When ending one's marriage, there is always hope that the process will be quick and civil. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. Some couples in Mississippi cannot reach agreeable terms through the negotiations process. Instead, some will end up filing for a contested divorce, which can take some time to sort out.

How does a contested divorce work? It all starts with retaining legal counsel and talking about what one wants out of the divorce process. After that has occurred, one will file an official divorce petition, which then must be served to one's spouse. After the papers have been served, one's spouse has the opportunity to respond to the request for divorce. He or she usually has about 30 days to do that.

Mississippi catastrophic injuries: All about TBI

Traumatic brain injuries can have devastating effects on the injured individual and his or her loved ones. The physical, financial and emotional losses can cause extreme hardship now and in the long term. In Mississippi, compensation may be available to those whose catastrophic injuries, such as TBI, are the result of another person's negligent actions.

Traumatic brain injuries cause numerous individuals in the United States to lose their lives or experience disability every year. In fact, in 2013, 2.8 million emergency room visits were for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. Thousands of people die from such injuries each year and hundreds of thousands of children, teens and adults suffer injuries that could affect them for the rest of their lives. What is a TBI exactly and what usually causes them?

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