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Contractor disputes can leave clients disappointed

It is common for Arkansas residents to want to update their homes or make much-needed repairs. In many cases, individuals enlist the help of construction-related professionals in efforts to have those changes made. Of course, not every client-contractor relationship goes well, and contractor disputes can take place.

It was recently reported that a woman and her son in another state faced such an issue with a contractor. The woman had reportedly hired the contractor to remodel her home, which would include installing new cabinets and a new bathroom along with repairing the roof and other work. The job was totaled at $26,000 for the contractor's labor as the family had already purchased the necessary materials themselves. However, the contractor began requesting more money for the job, and after the son told his mother not to pay more, the contractor left the job and took the materials with him.

Divorce advice can be tricky to navigate

When loved ones offer advice, they typically mean well. Of course, they likely do not know the ins and outs of a specific situation, so the advice they offer may not suit the circumstances. This type of scenario could be especially true for Arkansas residents who are considering or going through divorce but are receiving conflicting input from others.

Some people have bitter feelings about divorce or believe that exes should not remain civil toward one another. As a result, some parties may try to convince others that they should approach their cases in anger and attempt to use the legal proceedings as a way to pursue justice for wrongs they faced during the marriage. However, that advice may not be necessary or useful. It is not uncommon for individuals to be able to end their marriages amicably and end the process more easily and quickly.

Two child custody mistakes to avoid

Child custody in Arkansas is one aspect of divorce that causes strife between parents. Parents who plan to divorce or are already in the process should keep in mind that regardless of everyone’s feelings and wishes, the courts ultimately base custody agreements on the best interests of the children. 

To prevent issues that could create additional obstacles to achieving a desirable child custody agreement, parents should try to avoid making the following mistakes. 

Arkansas man accused of drug crimes, fleeing

Facing criminal charges can turn a person's life upside down. Individuals in this type of predicament often do not know where to turn and tend to start thinking of worst-case scenarios for their situations. However, parties accused of drug crimes or other illegal activity still have the opportunity to make the best out of their circumstances by presenting defenses to allegations.

It may benefit one man in Arkansas to remember that his arrest is not the end of the line for his case. It was recently reported that authorities went to a residence to speak with a suspect in a burglary case. They presumably did not make contact with the man at the residence but say they noticed power cords running to another building. The officers went to that building and purportedly discovered the man hiding inside a vehicle.

Car accidents can easily leave children in critical condition

In any parent's ideal world, children would never come to any harm. Unfortunately, this world is far from ideal, and children suffer serious injuries in many ways every day. In some cases, car accidents can result in children ending up in critical condition, especially if a child was a pedestrian at the time.

It was recently reported that a child was hit by a vehicle in Arkansas. Details regarding exactly how the incident occurred were not given in the report, but the child was struck by a vehicle that was traveling north at approximately 9 p.m. The child was reported as being 6 years old, and he was taken to an area hospital before being airlifted to a children's hospital. He was reported as being in critical condition.

Understanding leases can help with commercial lease disputes

Owning a business can put a lot of pressure on anyone. When individuals are first getting started, they may feel overwhelmed by the many decisions that they need to make. In particular, when looking for commercial property to lease, it is wise to fully understand the terms of the leases and how to handle any commercial lease disputes that may arise.

Before signing a lease, Arkansas business owners may want to thoroughly review the terms of the document and consider factors that are important to them. For instance, it is important to not only look at the amount of rent owed but also any hidden fees that may come up. If the rental agreement addresses pass-through expenses, it likely means that the expenses are not included in the rent amount but still apply to the tenants.

Even with protections, trade secret issues could arise

Having confidential and proprietary information can help businesses stay ahead of the game. Arkansas company owners want to do their best to protect such information, but their actions do not always prevent trade secret issues. In some cases, workers or former workers may take that information and provide it to other companies.

In efforts to protect trade secrets, it is wise to revoke former employees' access to the network immediately. This action may help prevent former workers from accessing work emails or other forums in efforts to extract proprietary information later. If company networks are left exposed in this or other ways, it may only make it easier for unscrupulous parties to gain access to information that could be used to damage the company or help a competitor later.

Is ending a partnership more difficult than you anticipated?

Your business has grown, thanks to the hard work you and your partner have put in over the years. Now, your partner wants to move on, and you want to buy him out.

However, despite the partnership agreement that exists, you face some snags you find difficult to resolve. Meanwhile, your relationship with your partner is becoming strained. What now?

Participating in divorce could help work toward better outcomes

Throughout life, Arkansas residents and those elsewhere need to make difficult decisions. For some, one of those choices may include deciding to end a marriage. While this action may be the best for the circumstances, it can still be difficult for anyone to go through a divorce.

For individuals looking to hopefully lessen those difficulties, it is important to have goals pertaining to the outcomes of the divorce. If parties simply go through the process without having an idea of what they want as far as settlement terms or property division outcomes, they may wind up with less than they deserved. Moreover, they could agree to terms that do not do them any favors as far as building a future as a single person.

Child custody: Communication between parents, kids important

Many Arkansas parents have reservations when it comes to letting their kids spend a lot of time on social media. They may fear that it will cause them to have low self-esteem due to constantly comparing themselves to others or will result in poor in-person social skills. Still, social media can have its time and place to be useful, and some parents may be using it more for child custody reasons.

Though the manner in which parents get along after divorce has often been considered important for the well-being of the kids, it may be that communication between the kids and their parents is more important. A recent study indicated that the manner in which parents co-parented after divorce did not seem to have much impact on child-parent relationships. However, the frequency of communication between kids and parents did.

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