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2 men arrested for Connecticut assault that sent man to hospital

When a crime occurs, law enforcement officials in Connecticut and other areas of the country are often anxious to provide answers to the victims as well as the community to provide some sort of peace of mind. However, criminal charges must be supported by evidence. Unfortunately, it is unclear what evidence supports the assault and other charges filed against two men.

Their arrests were in connection with an incident that allegedly happened on a day in October. According to reports, a 35-year-old man was discovered on a sidewalk at approximately 1 a.m. Reports note that the man was covered in blood and unresponsive.

All about Breathalyzers: Taking them, accuracy, fighting results

Every day, all across the state of Connecticut, residents and visitors to this great state are stopped by police and asked to submit to sobriety testing. The Breathalyzer is a commonly used chemical test that law enforcement depends on when making arrests.

How does the Breathalyzer work? Do you have to take this test? Is it always accurate? Is there any way to fight the results?

Legitimate reasons for seeking modification of a custody order

You can count yourself lucky if you were able to negotiate a fair and agreeable co-parenting plan in your divorce without having to go through a contentious battle in court. Some situations are a lot less amicable and can take weeks or months to resolve. The fact that you and your ex are among those in Connecticut who were able to peacefully resolve the issues pertaining to your children when you decided to divorce is evidence that you both have their best interests in mind, which is good.

That doesn't necessarily mean your existing court order is set in stone, however. Any number of issues may prompt a need for you to seek the court's approval for modification of your custody, visitation or support agreement. For instance, if you're paying child support and you lose your job, you may be temporarily unable to keep making payments. The key factor is to obtain court approval before making any changes.  

1 killed, several injured in Connecticut car accident

During the holiday seasons, many people may observe additional traffic as people travel to spend time with family and friends and complete holiday shopping. While drivers should remain vigilant at all times, it is especially important to do so when there could be increased traffic. Unfortunately, a recent car accident in Connecticut, believed to have been caused by a driver who failed to respond to slowing traffic, has resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in November. According to reports, two vehicles were involved in collision. Both vehicles were apparently parked on the shoulder of the road while the drivers stood outside talking. Unfortunately, police say that a vehicle in the left lane failed to respond to slowing traffic.

Low conflict divorce resolutions in Connecticut

Television and movie dramatizations would have everyone believe that the end of a marriage is a contention-filled battle that plays out in front of a judge. However, as the law firm of Mariani Reck Lane LLC knows, this does not have to be the case. Low conflict options, such as mediation and a collaborative divorce, can help couples in Connecticut reduce the stress and financial strain often associated with the end of their romantic relationship.

These options are a good fit for couples who are willing to come together in the spirit of honesty and compromise. In mediation, both spouses meet with a mediator, who is a neutral third-party. The couple then work together with the mediator to achieve an agreement that is acceptable to both. If no agreement can be reached, litigation remains an option.

The benefits of mediation during divorce

Even if you feel ready to end your marriage, the prospect of going through the overwhelming divorce process could be holding you back from moving forward. However, divorce does not have to involve drawn-out legal battles performed before a judge. For Connecticut couples who are ready for an amicable end, mediation provides an effective alternative.

Although still not well-known, mediation is an alternative dispute resolution that is typically both quicker and cheaper than the traditional approach to divorce. It is also helpful for parents who want to continue co-parenting peacefully regardless of their marital status.

Why college costs belong in your divorce settlement

You already know that raising children is expensive, but you may not have realized just how many costs were involved until it was time to figure out child support during your divorce. Sure, there are the basics, such as housing and food, but what about medical care, extracurricular activities and more? While you were busy focusing on these details, you might have forgotten about one other important cost: college. 

Sending your child to college is perhaps one of the most expensive undertakings you will encounter. If you are divorced, is it your responsibility alone? If you did not plan for it in your divorce settlement, it may be. 

Dangerous product: Suzuki knew of brake issue

Consumers in Connecticut and across the country have certain expectations when they use the products that they purchase -- understandably so. They expect that manufacturers and designers will go to great lengths to ensure the safety of users and inform users if they become aware of any problems. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case, resulting in injury. In fact, a man in another state recently sued Suzuki Motor of America due to its failure to appropriately respond to a potentially dangerous product.

The lawsuit involved an accident that occurred in June 2013. According to reports, the plaintiff was driving his motorcycle below the speed limit when a car pulled into his pathway. He braked but claims that the brakes failed, causing him to collide "violently" into the vehicle.

Charges expected following Connecticut car accident

People in Connecticut have various hobbies and pastimes. For some, viewing cars at car shows is something that engages their interests. Though viewing such vehicles may inspire a driver to attempt to demonstrate the features of their own vehicles, doing so could ultimately cause serious harm. In fact, police believe that a recent car accident was caused by a driver attempting a "burn-out."

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in September. According to reports, a Connecticut police department was hosting a car show. Unfortunately, a woman -- whose identity was not immediately available following the accident -- revved her engine in an attempt to "smoke the tires" while leaving the show.

Dangerous driving behaviors that are unfortunately all too common

Unless you live close to all your preferred destinations, you may rely on your vehicle as your primary means of transportation. Prior to jumping behind the wheel each day, you might decide to stop to consider all the scenarios you could encounter on the road and form a strategy on how to handle them.

Unfortunately, being prepared for every possible circumstance could prove difficult, if not impossible. However, by gaining an understanding of the most prevalent driving behaviors that could pose a threat to your safety, you might be in a better position to spot a hazard in time to avoid a catastrophe.

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