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Lake Central teacher faces charges for using drugs in school

On a recent Wednesday, a 24-year-old teacher at Lake Central High School in Saint John, Indiana, was arrested for multiple drug-related charges. The English teacher was allegedly caught on a cellphone video snorting what is reportedly cocaine in her classroom. The video was taken by a student at Lake Central, who then -- with other students -- told the principal what they had allegedly witnessed.

The teacher has been placed on administrative leave after being charged with possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.

Review the different types of child custody that may be possible

Going through a child custody case requires you to make a lot of decisions. In each of these decisions, you have to decide what is best for your child. One of the decisions that you and your ex have to make is what type of custody will govern the arrangement. Here are some points to remember about child custody types.

You will have to decide who has physical custody of the child. This means the parent who is going to have the child live with him or her. Many people think that physical custody will defer to the mother, but this isn't the case. Fathers do have a right to have physical custody of the child if this is in the child's best interests.

How to protect a business in a divorce

There are many intricate details to work out during a divorce. Few are as complicated as determining ownership of a business founded by one of the spouses. 

The first thing attorneys look at is whether the business is joint or separate property in a divorce. If one spouse started the business when he or she was still single, then it would most likely be separate. However, if the entrepreneurial spouse co-mingled joint assets with the business, such as signing a lease in both spouses' names, then it may instead be joint property. To make this process simpler, there are various proactive steps business owners can take. 

Plan the composition of your estate plan carefully

The composition of your estate plan is something that requires careful consideration. Your estate plan isn't likely going to look identical to your best friend's plan or anyone else's plan. Instead, it is a custom plan that takes your wishes into account. We can help you develop your estate plan so that you have the ability to rest knowing that your loved ones have all the provisions you are able to provide for them.

You might not realize this, but your estate plan includes much more than a list of assets and where you want them to go. The plan can include points about what you want to happen to you in the final days of your life. You can determine who is going to make decisions for you when you can't. You can leave instructions about the type and depth of medical care that you are willing to have.

During estate planning, pass on important account information

When doing your estate planning, remember that things are going to feel rather chaotic for your heirs. They have to try to sort everything out without your help. Things that feel easy to you, that you don't think twice about, can be serious hurdles for them.

For example, you do your banking online. You have the app on your phone, and it has your password and username saved. It's never been easier to access your money.

The benefits of mediation when facing a divorce

Facing a divorce is never a pleasant situation, even if the parties are relatively amicable. Regardless of the level of conflict in a divorce, when a marriage ends, it is both an emotional and a logistical challenge on many levels. That is why if you are facing a divorce, seeking mediation may be one of your best options for minimizing disagreements and avoiding long, bitter court battles.

There are many benefits to mediation, and finding a skilled attorney who can assist you in the process is a good first step to exploring this process. Below are a few ways the mediation process can help ease the pain and difficulty inherent in a divorce proceeding.

Getting ready for the schedule changes of the holidays

The winter holiday season is one that is difficult for all parents. For the parents who are divorced, the difficulties are compounded by the complexities of the child custody arrangement.

When you have a child custody agreement that has the holiday schedule spelled out, it might be a bit easier to make decisions about what you need to do. You can simply refer to the schedule and know who should have the children on what dates.

Criminal justice cases may start long before charges are levied

Many people don't realize that the criminal justice process can sometimes start long before the defendant is arrested on charges. There are some cases that involve months or years of investigative work before the day when the warrant is placed. All of this means that the prosecution has one up on the defendant and that the defense team will have to work hard to catch up.

We are familiar with the entire process. Your case needs to be investigated from your viewpoint. We need to look at everything from a defense standpoint. We also need to think about how to address the factors that are being used to point to you as the culprit in the crime.

2 Indiana homes raided; drugs and guns found

The war on drugs is something that police departments around the country have waged. Indianapolis is no exception to this. Recently, the Metropolitan Drug Task Force threw a wrench in the drug operations for one man suspected of distributing cocaine and marijuana.

The 37-year-old man was indicted in the U.S. District Court for possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine.

Learn about the ways divorce can benefit your finances

The decision to divorce is one that many people don't take lightly. One thing that has an impact on the decision to go through with a divorce is the financial implications.

While many people think that there are only negative financial aspects involved with a divorce, this isn't at all the case. There are some financial benefits that come along with the end of a marriage.

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