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How prescription drugs can lead to arrest

When you start a new prescription drug, the last thing you'd expect is to find yourself looking for your next high. Unfortunately, many prescription drugs are highly addictive, and that can result in patients who end up with real problems stopping. Severe withdrawal, side effects and symptoms increase the likelihood of a patient being unable to stop.

When the patient can no longer get the drugs he or she needs, that paves the way for drug abuse, either by purchasing the prescription drug illegally or by turning to other drugs to avoid withdrawal symptoms. Whether or not the drug use is legal, you can be accused of illegal actions and arrested in some cases. Here are a couple reasons you could be arrested while taking prescription drugs.

Will you receive alimony as the result of your divorce?

When a married couple decides to divorce, this will bring a variety of questions and challenges to the forefront. As you know, all of these must be dealt with before you can put your divorce in the past.

Alimony is one detail that always garners attention, as both individuals want to know if they are in position to receive spousal support (or if they will have to pay).

The most common pitfalls in a high asset divorce

Getting divorced is never easy, even if you and your former spouse both agree a divorce is the best option for everyone. The more assets you have, the more likely you are to experience issues during the divorce. Chances are good that you and your former spouse will have trouble agreeing on who gets what during a divorce.

Laws in both Georgia and South Carolina are very specific. Georgia is an equitable distribution state, meaning that the courts will strive to find a means of fairly dividing assets. South Carolina is a marital property state, which means that only marital assets will be divided.

8 things to consider when you are facing drug charges

Facing a drug charge is often very stressful. Many of these charges can lead to you having to pay fines. Some might mean that you have to spend time in prison or jail. Ultimately, your defense strategy is one possible way that you might be able to minimize these points.

If you are facing drug charges, consider these points so that you can get a head start on your defense.

Do you need a qualified domestic relations order

If you are considering divorce, the court might require you to have qualified domestic relation order (QDRO). If your spouse is entitled to a share of your retirement benefits, a QDRO establishes her right to receive payments according to the divorce decree. While a QDRO is often used to distribute retirement funds to a former spouse, you can also have one in place to ensure money is paid from the account to your children.

When you require a QDRO, a lawyer can help you create one quickly and ensure that includes all the mandatory information. Speak with an attorney in the Augusta area for help drafting an order to specify the disbursements that will come out of your retirement account. Read below for answers to some of your questions about qualified domestic relations orders.

5 social media mistakes to avoid during divorce

Social media is a regular part of life now. You might not realize it, but the things you say and show on social media might have an impact on your divorce. As long as you are going through the divorce process, you must ensure that you aren't doing anything that can harm your settlement. Make sure that you aren't doing these five actions on social media while your divorce is in progress.

Can I really fight drug charges?

No matter who you are or what charges you are facing, it is absolutely worth it to fight drug charges with every tool at your disposal. The issue is not even one of guilt or innocence - it is rather about preserving your future.

Drug crimes carry shockingly harsh penalties, much more punishing than any other class of non-violent crime. Unless you've been under a rock for the last decade, you have surely heard one pundit or another discuss how America has more people incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses than for any other offense.

Could my soon-to-be ex be hiding assets?

You are in the midst of a divorce and trying to crunch the numbers on your marital assets and debts. Something seems a little off. Your joint assets seem to be shrinking while your debt is quite high, often accrued in the recent past. What's really going on - is your ex squirreling away joint marital assets and running up debts?

He or she very well could be. This tactic is illegal, yet it goes on all the time. It's most often perpetrated against the less financially-savvy spouse in the marriage. If you suspect that your spouse may be playing fast and loose with marital assets, below are some common ways it's done.

Can you withhold child support because of visitation issues?

Divorce is often a difficult period for everyone involved. Both spouses are typically experiencing powerful emotions, and any marital children may be struggling with the dissolution of the family they've known. When former spouses have a hard time agreeing on critical aspects of a divorce, such as child support, custody, and visitation, it can make a difficult situation even more problematic.

If your former spouse is preventing you from your visitation or partial custody, it can be tempting to withhold child support payments. Doing so, however, can jeopardize your case for custody and your freedom.

He cheated: Will the judge give me a better divorce settlement?

Your husband cheated on you and now wants a divorce to be with his mistress, leaving you heartbroken, angry, and wondering if his infidelity will have any impact on your divorce settlement.

Is it possible that you may receive a substantial alimony payment each month? Will you now get more of the marital property since he is at fault in the divorce?