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When couples feel hopeless, divorce may be on the horizon

Happy and healthy relationships are often what most individuals in Arkansas and elsewhere strive for. In many cases, they can achieve this goal for a time, but it is not unusual for the happiness or healthiness of a relationship to decline substantially. When it gets to a certain point, some individuals may not see reason to keep up the marriage and instead opt for divorce.

When a marriage is no longer making one or both parties happy, it can seem as if a part of their lives is no longer being fulfilled. As a result, they may feel hopeless that the fulfillment will ever return. One couple's therapist considers this feeling of hopelessness as a major sign that a marriage will most likely head for divorce.

Financial impacts often at stake with commercial lease disputes

Rather than buying a building to conduct business operations, numerous Arkansas companies often lease commercial property for their necessary uses. These leases act as binding contracts and can help create a clear relationship between the landlord and the tenant. Of course, commercial lease disputes are not uncommon, and litigation can result when conflict arises between parties.

The owner of a bar in another state is currently facing this type of scenario. Reports indicated that the bar had entered into a lease at its initial location in 1998. The lease was set to run through 2022. However, a development project began in the area, which resulted in the building where the bar operated being demolished. The developers agreed to pay the owner $30,000 a month to account for lost revenue during construction, and the bar was set to open in a different location.

New business owners must protect trade secret information

Depending on the nature of the new business you are starting, you may not think you have any trade secrets to protect.

However, the scope is very broad. You likely have company information that you would not want any of your competitors to have: thus, trade secrets. Here are five steps you can take to keep those secrets safe.

Student loans and divorce may have a connection

Student loans are a type of debt that more and more people are taking on. Often, many individuals in Arkansas and other parts of the country have no choice but to take out loans if they hope to pay for their college tuition. While this may seem like the right step at the time, the financial issues it causes in the future may also lead to divorce.

While the correlation between student loan debt and divorce may seem unlikely, it was recently reported that 13 percent of divorced individuals who participated in a survey indicated that their student loan debt led to their divorces. This statistic may not be as surprising as it seems as more people are taking out student loans. Plus, they are also borrowing higher amounts of money.

Arkansas accident claims life, leaves others injured

In many cases, a car crash can lead to fatal injuries. When the driver considered at fault for the accident dies, other injured parties may wonder whether they can still seek compensation for the damages they have suffered. In such cases, negatively affected individuals may still have legal avenues they can follow.

Two women in Arkansas may be considering their options after recently being involved in a crash. Reports stated that the incident involved two vehicles and occurred when a vehicle heading north failed to maintain the correct lane. As a result, that northbound vehicle collided with a southbound vehicle. A 62-year-old man was driving the northbound car, and a 67-year-old woman was driving the second vehicle, which also had a passenger.

Lawsuits may be necessary when breach of contract occurs

Running a successful business takes a lot of hard work. Once certain milestones have been reached, company owners may feel ready to expand their products or services. In some cases, this endeavor may mean creating contracts with suppliers in order to meet their needs. However, issues may arise if a breach of contract occurs.

Arkansas residents may be interested in this type of issue currently underway in another state. Reports indicate that a family-owned business that produces frozen desserts had entered into a contact with another company to have that company supply them with ice cream for their ice cream sandwiches. As part of the contract, the ice cream was supposed to contain 14 percent butterfat. Later, the family-owned company began receiving complaints that the ice cream sandwiches did not taste as good as they once did.

Before not paying child support, consider modifications

Financial problems can affect anyone. In some cases, issues can result in a parent being unable to make necessary child support payments. While some Arkansas residents may think that not paying will help them stay financially afloat, this course of action could instead lead to serious legal consequences.

It was recently reported that a man in another state is currently facing jail time due to his child support situation. The man had apparently been ordered to make support payments for his child, but he reportedly did not make those payments for over 14 years. As a result, he was charged with a felony count of nonsupport of a child. At a recent court appearance, the man pleaded guilty to the charge, and the judge sentenced him to one year of served jail time and four years of probation.

What to do after a car accident

Many people in Arkansas end up in car accidents at one point or another. In 2014 alone, 60,947 crashes occurred on roadways in the state, which was a 4.3 percent increase from the previous year, according to data collected by the Arkansas State Police

After a motor vehicle accident, even a minor one, you will probably feel flustered and angry. Even so, the important thing is to remain calm. You have a lot of people to speak with in the immediate aftermath, and you want to make sure you talk to each one to have an easier claims process. 

Divorcing? Plan now to protect your kids' college tuition funding

In the U.S., only about a third of married couples have a plan in place to deal financially with a divorce. Presumably, far fewer have considered how to pay for college after a divorce.

Yet college costs have been rising by at least 3 percent annually, according to the College Board. A year of in-state tuition, fees and room and board at a public four-year university will set you back an average of $20,770. Private schools may cost double that.

Trademark infringement can prove damaging for companies

Most Arkansas business owners know that, even from the outset of creating their company, it is important to prepare for possible conflicts. There are many different issues that could lead to litigation, and one of those relates to trademark infringement. Trademarks fall into the category of intellectual property, and if another company or person attempts to use that property, legal action may be necessary.

Trademarks typically refer to an image, word or phrase that companies use to help consumers connect to their brands. For example, most people can easily recognize Apple Inc. due to its bitten apple logo. This trademarked image allows the company to help customers quickly realize they are looking at Apple products. Therefore, if another company attempted to use this or a very similar image, it could prove damaging to Apple.

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