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Divorce or separation: Which is better for your situation?

Making the choice to end your marriage isn't easy. This decision was likely preceded by months or years of difficulty, but even then you may not be sure how you want to proceed. There are many valid and important reasons a couple may no longer want to be together but remain unwilling to move forward with divorce. In these situations, it may be appropriate to consider the benefits of a legal separation.

A legal separation is different from divorce in one very important way. Even when they live apart, a legally separated couple will remain married. This could be beneficial for you if continuing to live together is no longer possible or you are already living apart and need clarification on certain issues. A legal separation should always come with a formally drafted agreement between the two parties.

North Carolina woman stopped for speeding accused of DWI

Any woman who has driven alone late at night and experienced car difficulties likely knows of the panic that such a scenario can create. As such, a woman experiencing this may feel that she has no other option but to take action to protect herself. In fact, a woman in North Carolina who was reportedly stopped for speeding claims that car problems were a factor; she has since been accused of driving while intoxicated, or DWI.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest happened around 12:30 a.m. on a day in mid-December. According to the woman, she was driving on I-85 when she believed that she was experiencing car trouble. She claims that she began speeding in an attempt to reach an exit.

Man awarded $10 million re slip-and-fall accident

There are certain conditions in which a person might reasonably anticipate a fall hazard as a result of ice. However, most people in North Carolina likely assume that they are reasonably safe from such a hazard while walking in a hallway, even one that is under construction. Unfortunately, a man in another state found himself in such a scenario, which resulted in injuries so severe that he had to retire. He recently settled a slip-and-fall claim against a contractor and subcontractor.

The man was reportedly working as a carpenter at a high rise apartment complex in 2016. Reports indicate that a hallway under construction was covered in ice, which caused him to fall. He reportedly underwent five different surgeries on his leg and ankle as a result.

1 killed, 1 seriously injured in North Carolina car accident

Most people in North Carolina are likely aware of the potential chances of being involved in an accident when traveling in a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, certain actions that some people take could potentially increase the risk of causing an accident, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol. In fact, police believe that alcohol consumption was a factor in a recent car accident that resulted in a fatality.

The incident reportedly happened around 9 p.m. on a day in mid-November. According to reports, a 41-year-old man was driving a vehicle at high speeds. The vehicle reportedly exited the left side of the road, causing the driver to overcorrect.

Criminal defense: North Carolina officer accused of drunk driving

Anyone can face criminal charges in North Carolina and across the country, including police officers. However, even police officers -- with legal training and experience -- may want an experienced criminal defense professional to guide them as they navigate the criminal justice system. In fact, a deputy and school resource officer may want such guidance following her recent arrest.

The 33-year-old woman was reportedly arrested on a day in late October. Police responded after receiving reports of a hit-and-run accident; the details of the accident are unclear. They claim to have discovered the woman driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes. 

Man still paying child support despite DNA results

Most everyone in North Carolina would likely agree that parents have certain obligations to their children. Both parents must ensure that the needs of their children are met. However, a man in another state claims that he is still being forced to pay child support even though a paternity test revealed that the child in question is not his.

The man claims that because he believed that the child was his, he signed the birth certificate. When he went to court to seek visitation of the child, the judge ordered a paternity test. He was reportedly devastated when the test revealed that there was no biological connection.

3 potential causes of truck accidents, according to a trucker

It can be intimidating to share the road with a big-rig truck, as their massive size and large blind spots mean much less room for error by both truck drivers and the cars on the road alongside them.

Of course, there are driving behaviors you can practice to lower the risk of an accident with these large vehicles. In particular, if you want to avoid an accident with a tractor-trailer, who better to listen to than a truck driver?

Dangerous product: Vaping linked to hundreds of cases of illness

For decades, there has been information available regarding the potential harm that smoking cigarettes can cause. Perhaps because of this, many have turned to an alternative in the form of e-cigarettes in recent years, perhaps believing that it holds less risks to their health. Unfortunately, reports regarding serious illnesses occurring in North Carolina and other areas of the country have prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend cessation of use of such devices. Many across the country are suffering as a result of what appears to be a dangerous product.

According to the CDC, there have been approximately 450 cases of lung illnesses related to vaping. Unfortunately, five people have died. Reports indicate that all of these victims had vaped in the days or weeks preceding their illness; many of the patients used tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These cases have been reported in over 30 states, including North Carolina, and a territory.

Multiple injuries reported in North Carolina bus accident

Parents across the country send their children to school on school buses. These same parents also sometimes allow their children to ride on school-provided transportation to travel to certain extracurricular events, such as ball games. The decision to allow their children to participate in these events typically centers around the expectation that the professionals involved in the transport will take appropriate action to protect the children, including ensuring that buses are properly maintained and that drivers adjust their driving to road conditions. Though the details of a recent accident are unclear, reports indicate that several people were injured in a school bus accident in North Carolina.

The incident reportedly happened just before 9 p.m. on a day in late August. A bus was transporting the members of a high school volleyball team. Unfortunately, the bus reportedly went down an embankment on a North Carolina mountain road.

You keep hearing about parenting plans, but what are they?

As you begin your divorce proceedings, other North Carolina parents may begin telling you to start thinking about your parenting plan. You may compare these plans to a child custody agreement, but they are so much more.

A parenting plan outlines in great detail how your children will live after your divorce. It includes a multitude of details regarding the ordinary issues such as visitation, drop offs and more, but it can also include a blueprint for you and the other parent to follow in order to maximize your time and relationships with the children.

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