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5 reasons why the divorce rate among baby boomers is rising

It makes sense to assume that older married couples are more likely to last. However, research shows that the divorce rate for couples ages 50 and older is rising at an alarming rate. These marital splits, commonly known as gray divorces, have almost doubled since the 1990s. 

So, why are older adults in the U.S. calling it quits even more than millennials? Here are some reasons for late-life divorce:

Lives of teenagers changed because of drunk driving

The death of a child is one of the hardest things in life to cope with. When that tragedy is because of drunk driving, the impact is magnified. Such an accident happened near Baton Rouge on a recent weekend. One teenager is dead and another suffered serious injuries.

The Louisiana accident happened near Oak Harbor Drive on LA 70 on a recent Friday night. A young girl and two friends were out for a fun Friday evening. The teenagers were traveling in a Honda Accord when a GMC Sierra pickup truck crossed the center line and collided with the Honda. All of the girls were transported to an area hospital, two with serious injuries and one with minor injuries. One girl died a short time later as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.

Robbery suspects could benefit from criminal defense

Robbery is an ongoing problem in areas of Louisiana. A young man was arrested recently on charges of armed robbery. The individual, a 27-year-old male, was apprehended in a parking lot in the West Lake Forrest area. He allegedly robbed a Chevron station in the Little Woods neighborhood recently. The man is fully entitled to a criminal defense.

The robbery was purportedly committed by a person who was said to be wearing a surgical mask and latex gloves. A search of nearby dumpsters produced a surgical mask, latex gloves and a sweatshirt believed to have been worn by the thief. The man arrested supposedly matched the physical description of the alleged thief, which was apparently corroborated by multiple witnesses.

Faced with drug charges, knowing one's rights is vital

The battle against the opioid epidemic and other illegal drugs continues in Louisiana. A man was arrested in New Orleans following a police chase. The man pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including drug charges, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The man was identified as a suspect by authorities after an undercover operation that was carried out by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Task Force. The suspect was pursued on foot and jumped into a canal in an effort to elude capture. A detective jumped into the canal to rescue him when the suspect cried out for help and stated he could not swim.

Kids need structure and stability after divorce

The divorce you just went through was emotionally tough, but it may have been even more difficult for your children. They just endured the disruption of their parents splitting up and the upheaval of their lives as they knew it changing for good. You and other Louisiana parents in the same situation may want to know how to make the months and years after a divorce easier on your kids.

HelpGuide explains that children crave stability and structure, especially when they are feeling uncertain about life. You may feel guilty about putting them through a divorce and tempted to toss out the rules for a while and just let them have fun. However, it’s important to realize that routine is more crucial than ever at this time. You might gently ease them into the new routines of living in a single-parent household in the following ways:

  • Set up consistent times for chores, homework, meals and bedtime.
  • Since your ex may do things differently when the kids are visiting at his or her place, make sure your kids understand your household rules, expectations and consequences for misbehaving.
  • Reassure your children that both parents still love them, and the divorce had nothing to do with them.
  • Be sure to set aside time for family activities and togetherness, even if it’s just a game or movie night.

Five arrested on drug charges following high speed chase

The drug problem continues to be an issue in Louisiana. Drug charges were brought against five people in St. Tammany Parrish recently. The arrests followed a high speed chase that began when officers showed up at a house to execute a search warrant near Abbita Springs. Upon seeing the officers, a person at the residence reportedly got into a car and took off at a high rate of speed.

The driver entered I-12 and proceeded to weave in and out of traffic. The police attempted to pull him over but were unable to do so. The officers eventually deployed spike strips across the roadway to force the man to stop. After being apprehended, the driver was charged with multiple moving violations and possession of suboxone and drug paraphernalia.  

Drunk driving and drug use causing problems on Louisiana roads

Problems associated with driving under the influence of alcohol are not new to Louisiana. However there is a new wrinkle in the issue and that involves driving under the influence of drugs instead of, or in addition to, alcohol. According to a new study, one in four Louisiana residents engages in drunk driving and/or driving high.

A task force established by the governor is looking at the situation and trying to establish guidelines to improve safety for everyone on Louisiana roads. Drivers pulled over on suspicion of DWI are also sometimes suspected of using marijuana or opioids. The state is not able to prosecute a person who has a legitimate prescription for a medication, even though the prescription may urge precaution when operating machinery.

Criminal defense needed in alleged drug deal

Violent crimes and drug crimes continue to be a problem in Louisiana. Two men who were shot in a park in La Marque on the Fourth of July are now alleged to have been there to commit a robbery. This is according to reports from the La Marque Police Department. The accused have a right to a criminal defense.

The two men were allegedly in the park to complete a drug deal that reportedly included a plan to rob the other person. When the two allegedly attempted to rob the third party, he is said to have begun shooting. The shooting suspect then reportedly fled in a black car, possibly a Jaguar, that may have had out-of-state plates.

Drunk driving claims another life

Driving under the influence of alcohol remains a serious problem in Louisiana and across the country. Anyone, anywhere, anytime can fall victim to the consequences of drunk driving. Such was the situation on Johnson Street in Lafayette Parish on a recent Friday night.

Three people were in a car around midnight on Johnson Street when they were struck by another vehicle. The driver of the car that hit them was identified only as a 26-year-old woman. According to the police report, she was intoxicated at the time of the crash and will face charges for driving under the influence.

Talking to your children about underage DUI

Alcohol is a risk that adolescents and sometimes even younger children may face. Peer pressure becomes increasingly prevalent as children move into the teen years, and underage drinking is a widespread problem among teens and university students.

One way you can help your children avoid the risks of underage drinking and the serious crime of underage driving while intoxicated, DUI, is to talk to them openly and honestly about the risks. Following are some tips that can help you initiate this important talk about alcohol with your children. The effort you make could save the life of your child or of other drivers and passengers on the road.

For a free initial consultation, contact our Louisiana law firm online today or call 337-433-4405 to speak with one of the firm's talented attorneys.

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Lake Charles, LA 70601

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