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Family law: Jacob Pechenik files divorce petition

Louisiana fans of Jacob Pechenik and Zooey Deschanel may be aware that the married couple has been estranged for some time. The former couple are the parents of two toddler-age children, a son and a daughter. There has been some speculation regarding why Pechenik recently decided to file a divorce petition, and they are now in the mist of addressing the many family law issues that come with this decision.  

Some say the fact that Deschanel went public with a new romantic relationship may have had something to do with Pechenik's decision to divorce. He has requested a shared legal and physical custody arrangement. Time will tell how their child custody and parenting time issues will be resolved.

A distracted truck driver is a danger to everyone

Anyone who has ever traveled long distances by car knows just how boring and tedious it can get. Imagine if your job was to sit behind the wheel of a vehicle 10 or more hours a day. How boring would that be?

It may not be difficult for you to understand how something could distract a truck driver so easily, but that doesn't mean you or anyone else should condone it. Driving an 18-wheeler is an immense responsibility, and truckers shouldn't take it lightly.

Protecting civil rights regarding reverse discrimination issues

There is not really a specific legal term under federal law that defines reverse discrimination. However, when civil rights claims are filed regarding issues pertaining to this reference, they typically fall under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, many people mistakenly believe this law is meant only to protect minority groups. Anyone in Louisiana or another state who experiences reverse discrimination in the workplace is protected under Title VII.

Reverse discrimination is the term commonly used to refer to incidents where a member or members of a majority class of people suffers undue consequence and prejudice because of race, gender or other issues. Many readers might agree that affirmative action laws were created from positive intentions, meaning to provide support to minority groups who had been denied jobs, promotions and other benefits because of race, ethnicity and other identification characteristics. But all members of society are protected against discrimination.

How a family law advocate can help a Louisiana parent in divorce

It is no secret that life can be challenging at times. Certain family dynamics or situations can make it more so. Most Louisiana married couples, especially those who are also parents, can attest to encountering obstacles in their marital relationships, which can lead to family law problems. In fact, many spouses decide to file for divorce rather than stay in unhappy marriages.

Deciding to divorce is an intensely personal matter. However, it can be helpful to confide in a trusted friend or family member rather than try to navigate such circumstances alone. Discussing your situation with an experienced family law attorney is also a good idea, especially if you anticipate difficulty achieving an amicable settlement in court.

Orleans Parish jury returns a verdict in favor of the Plaintiff in the amount of $8,214,479.35

Mr. Elray Lege was an insulator for Cajun Insulation at the Cities Services/Columbian Chemical/Birla facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana for approximately 2 months in 1978/1979. He also worked for a few months each at Texaco and at Cabot in Louisiana. Mr. Lege was diagnosed with mesothelioma at 70 years old, and unfortunately passed away shortly before trial.

Police issue citation after recent motor vehicle accident

In Louisiana and across the country, intersections are some of the most dangerous locations on the road. Traveler safety often hinges on every motorist fully adhering to traffic laws and safety regulations, and also staying alert and being cautious behind the wheel. If a driver is negligent, the results are often disastrous. According to law enforcement authorities, on a recent Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. an older woman failed to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist.

Traffic at intersections is often controlled by stop signs or lights. Knowing when to yield a right of way is crucial to navigating a crossroads in a safe manner. The woman's apparent negligence in allegedly failing to yield the right of way may have been the causal factor in the collision. Although the investigation is still ongoing at this time, police did state that they cited the woman for making an unsafe left turn at an intersection.

2 fatalities, serious injuries to another after auto accident

Many lives in Louisiana were touched by a recent tragedy in Claiborne Parish.  At approximately 8 p.m. on a Wednesday, a fatal auto accident resulted in two deaths and serious injuries to another. As is often determined a causal factor in fatal collisions, this one was reportedly caused by a driver who had veered out of his lane.

Both vehicles were carrying members of the local sports community. Behind the wheel of one car was a high school girls' basketball coach. His car was hit by a vehicle that had suddenly come across the yellow line. Two Summerfield High School basketball players were in the car at the time.

Remaining quiet doesn't let police know you want to remain silent

If Baton Rouge police suspect you of a crime, you may decide not to speak to them about it. After all, you have the right to remain silent according to the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Miranda Rights.

Yes, you do have that right, but what many people don't understand is that simply staying quiet is not enough to gain the protections of this Constitutional right.

Civil rights: Every worker has the right to work in peace

No matter what type of work you do in Louisiana, you can reasonably expect that your employer will make sure you have a peaceful working environment. That is not to say that some jobs are not naturally stressful but that your employer is legally obligated to make sure no one is violent or discriminates against you in the workplace. The U.S. Constitution protects your civil rights so that you do not have to suffer in a hostile atmosphere caused by discrimination.

If you've been treated unfairly in the workplace, you have a right to do something about it. Whether your situation involves bias against you because of your race, age or religious affiliation or you were fired after telling your boss you were pregnant, these issues and others may be grounds for legal recourse. It is helpful to speak with someone who is well-versed in civil rights issues as they relate to employment law.

Avoid family law stress when kids go back to school

If Louisiana parents divorce over summer, their children might encounter numerous challenges when they return to school. To avoid family law trouble, it is critical that parents be willing to work together for their children's sake. Child custody, visitation and child support issues will have hopefully been worked out long before the first day of school. It's wise to inform teachers of necessary details, such as who will pick up kids or which is the custodial versus non-custodial parent.

Parents will do well to meet with their kids ahead of time. With the whole family together, they can discuss any questions or concerns the kids might have. They can also explain what types of things to expect, such as situations where a teacher needs to call a parent and how to know which one to call.

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