According to the latest statistics presented by Responsibility.org, there were a total of 295 alcohol-impaired driving accidents in Tennessee in 2012 alone. Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) poses several risks to drivers and their vehicles, and can severely damage surrounding properties as well as endanger innocent people.
While it’s the biological parents who carry the primary duty of caring for their offspring, non-parent guardians and other family relatives also play a great role in a child’s development. The state of Tennessee recognizes their importance, which is why grandparents in particular have visitation privileges, and at times even the right to take custody of the child. The Tennessee law puts a premium on the child’s well-being over parental ties, which is why grandparents can be given the responsibilities of legal guardianship depending on the circumstances.
In January 1, 2012, a Tennessee legislation went into effect allowing police officers to force a blood draw regardless of whether the drivers consent to it, provided that they have a prior DUI conviction, or if they have a child under the age of 16 with them inside the vehicle. An Action News 5 article by Lauren Squires showed this particular legislation in action. Below is an excerpt from the news report:
A British court recently ruled in favor of a father by removing his two sons—ages 11 and 14—from their mother’s custody and placing them under his care. Judge Laura Harris, the judge presiding over the case, stated that the mother had “significantly failed” her children with her permissive kind of parenting.
Being accused of a crime is a very serious issue, regardless of the gravity of the offense as such accusations threaten your fundamental right to freedom. Thus, the law always seeks to ensure that the accused is protected until such time that he is either convicted or acquitted of a crime, and such scenarios are something that many a criminal defense attorney in Gallatin, TN deal with on a regular basis. If you happen to be accused of something that constitutes a crime or felony, here are some of the most important rights you should always keep in mind:
When you just know within yourself that your marriage is over, your mind might be rushing to the nearest source of information in search of a reliable Gallatin divorce attorney whom you can consult. However, while many people would think exactly the same way you do, what many don’t realize is that there is one aspect of getting divorced often left neglected – ensuring a peaceful separation from a former partner that, at least for a certain period in their life, had been their world.
Look up the word “divorce” in a thesaurus, print or online. The word “separate” may appear alongside “divorce” in most, if not all, cases. On the surface, the two words seem to mean the same thing.
Every grandparent should have a fair chance to see the next generation in their family while there is still time. As Amy McDonald of the Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, UT reports, a new bill may provide grandparents more rights in cases involving adoption:
Public schools teach millions of students each year and consequently require sizable budgets to remain in operation. According to statistics, Tennessee’s public education budget in 2011 alone was $28.41 billion, though the state reported a $1 billion shortfall the previous year.
With the economy gaining some traction once again, divorce courts all over the country are seeing an increase in divorce applications. It is believed that the majority of these applications come from couples who wanted a divorce in 2009, back when the nation was still in the grip of an economic recession. According to News Channel 5: “Many studies have shown that married couples in cities across the country were holding off on a divorce because of collective debt and loss of employment.”