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Have you spotted these warning signs of divorce?

A marriage can be a tricky thing. One day, everything is going as planned, but soon enough, you run into a few serious challenges.

While some couples are able to work through all their issues, others come up short in doing so.

Government shutdown will likely affect immigration claims

The government shutdown that has erupted over demands for money in the federal budget for a border wall is having an ongoing effect on many aspects of life here in the United States. At present, at least 800,000 federal employees are affected -- including those agents who guard the country's borders. Now, many of those border agents are working without pay.

But that is just one group experiencing the adverse effects of the shutdown that is now stretching well into its second week. The President recently doubled down on his intention to keep most governmental functions closed until he receives an allocation of $5 billion to build a wall along the country's southern border with Mexico. The new Democrat-held House, however, continues to refuse, confirming the impasse.

4 steps to take after a slip-and-fall accident

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen almost anywhere, and they do, from your home to your workplace, or even in the hospital.

Some of the most common places for a fall accident include the following:

  • Retail stores
  • Grocery stores
  • Shopping malls
  • Gyms
  • Amusement parks
  • Churches
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Parking lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Bars

Planning to drink? Make some preparations to avoid a DUI

An eye-opening report that recently aired on a Jacksonville television station said it all: A drunk-driving conviction can be life-altering for Floridians.

In 2017, almost 3,000 people were charged with DUI in Jacksonville alone. And as a word of caution, one person interviewed in the report said the following: "People have no earthly idea what a DUI conviction can do. None."

About the care and feeding of your ignition interlock device

In the state of Florida, the DMV will suspend your license if you are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. To get it back, you may need to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

How does it work, what kind of maintenance will there be and how long must you keep it?

Do you have a car emergency kit?

When driving, you hope that nothing ever goes wrong. You do your best to avoid accidents and to ensure that your vehicle remains in tip-top condition.

Even with the best intentions, you could still find yourself in trouble. This is where a car emergency kit can help. With one of these at your disposal, you can handle almost any situation that comes your way.

Dock safety and slip and fall accidents

Florida is surrounded on three sides by water. Boating is not only a recreational activity enjoyed by visitors and residents alike, but it is also integral to the state's industry. Shipping in and out of Florida is a booming business. Boats, docks and marinas are some of the most common places people can sustain serious injury if they slip and fall.

Recently, a country superstar lost his son-in-law to a traumatic brain injury sustained when he slipped and fell at a marina. He was helping someone into a boat when he suffered the fall. There are several things you can do to keep yourself safe on a dock, whether you're enjoying a day out with friends or making your living there.

5 questions most children ask about divorce

Even if you're absolutely certain that divorce is the best thing for you, it's never easy to have this conversation with your children. Even if your children are older, you can expect them to have a variety of questions about your divorce and what's to come in the future.

Here are five questions you should prepare to answer:

  • Why is this happening? It's not always easy to answer this question, as you don't always know what lead to your divorce. The best thing you can do is respond in an honest manner.
  • Can we all live together after the divorce? You realize this isn't possible, but your children may not. Take the time to explain how things will change in regard to living arrangements.
  • Will you get married again in the future? It's a difficult question to answer, as there's no way to predict what will happen. Again, honesty is the best policy here. Let your children know it's possible and you'll always let them know what's going on.
  • How is my life going to change? Tell your children you'll do whatever it takes to help them maintain their current lifestyle. If something will change, such as where they live or go to school, talk through these details.
  • Are you getting a divorce because of me? Many children think they're to blame. You know this isn't true, so make it clear early on.

Knowing how to prevent hydroplaning is a must

Driving in wet weather is extremely dangerous, especially if you don't change your driving habits. For example, hydroplaning is a major concern, as this occurs when your tires lose contact with the road.

The best way to prevent hydroplaning is to slow down in wet weather. Even if you think your car can handle the moisture, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Be sure to follow these pedestrian safety tips

You're a pedestrian at many times of the day. This holds true when you're jogging for exercise, walking from the parking lot into your place of employment and strolling down the sidewalk on your way to lunch.

Even if you've never run into trouble in the past, you could be part of a pedestrian-car accident at any time. Here are some tips you can follow to prevent trouble:

  • Avoid distractions: Don't get into the habit of texting or talking on the phone as a pedestrian. Furthermore, never wear headphones, as you need to be able to hear what's going on around you.
  • Follow the rules of the road: This means crossing the street in crosswalks, never darting into traffic and making eye contact with drivers when necessary.
  • Use sidewalks when possible: A sidewalk is the safest place to walk, so use these when available. If you don't have access to a sidewalk, move as far away from the road as possible and always walk in the direction facing traffic.
  • Don't consume alcohol: Just as drinking and driving is a big no-no, the same holds true when you're a pedestrian. This impairs your ability to make sound decisions, which increases the risk of an accident.
  4. AVVO, Client's Choice 2016
  6. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  1. Alex Hanna was named Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer (2016) by The National Trial Lawyers.

  2. Alex Hanna is rated a Premier DUI Attorney by the American Association of Premier DUI (2016).

  3. Alex Hanna was named Traffic Lawyer of the Decade (2010) by the Minority Chamber of Commerce.

  4. Alex Hanna was given the 2016 Client’s Choice Award from Avvo.

  5. Alex Hanna is a member of The Florida Bar and Practices in the areas of Criminal, Traffic and Personal Injury Law since 2001.

  6. Alex Hanna is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2016).

  7. Alex Hanna is a member of the Esteemed Lawyers of America association (2017).

  8. Alex Hanna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017).

  9. Alex Hanna was bestowed the 10 best law firm award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017.

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