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What if you disagree with a family court's decision?

Sometimes, despite a Mobile resident's best efforts, a family law case may not go the way they had hoped. Unfortunately, domestic relations cases are often about a lot more than money. A bad result could mean, for instance, that a parent will not have visitation with a child.

Thankfully, a person who is not satisfied with a family court's decision does have an option under Alabama law to appeal the decision. Appealing a decision does not mean that a person gets a do-over of what happened in front of the family court.

Man arrested on drug trafficking charges

According to recent reports, a man is being held on a bond of over $275,000 in Alabama while he is awaiting the disposition of several serious drug charges against him. The most serious charge the man faces is trafficking in heroin. This charge is a Class A felony in Alabama, which means that the maximum punishment is a life sentence. Other charges include charges relating to the distribution of several other types of drugs. He also faces several drug possession charges.

The arrest came in connection with an apparent police investigation against the man. According to the reports, someone allegedly observed a large quantity of heroin while at the man's home earlier this month. This observation formed the basis of the police's decision to obtain an arrest warrant and then make an arrest a week or so later.

Children on spectrum face increased bullying with age

According to a recent study, students who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder are more prone to experiencing bullying among their peers and even from authority figures than are children who do not have this diagnosis.

While this may not come as a surprise, the study also concluded that, for those students with ASD, bullying, or at least the perception of it, gets more severe as they get older.

Figures on Alabama school spending

Relative to other states, Alabama does not spend much on its education system. In fact, according to 2014 information from the Census Bureau, Alabama ranks in the bottom 15 among the states when it comes to spending on public education.

Based on the data, Alabama spends on average $9,028 per pupil enrolled. This is quite a bit less than the national average of $11,009 per student. Of this $9,028, the bulk of it, over one-third, goes to salaries for teachers. When one adds in benefits, like pensions, the payroll takes up about 50%, or $4,500, of the amount of money being spent per child.

Overview of grandparent visitation in Alabama

Like other states, Alabama has a provision in its laws that allows grandparents in the Mobile area to get court-ordered visitation of their grandchildren under certain circumstances.

Specifically, grandparents of parents who are divorced or legally separated may request an order for visitation. Likewise, grandparents of children born out of wedlock may request this type of order; however, for paternal grandparents, the father must have legally established his parental rights through a paternity order. Finally, when one parent has died, grandparents may request visitation.

Federal drug trafficking penalties are severe

In addition to being charged in state court, someone who is accused of selling or otherwise delivering controlled substances may also find themselves the target of a federal investigation and, ultimately, a criminal charge under the laws of the United States. The federal penalties for drug crimes involving trafficking are severe, even for a first-time offense.

For instance, a person convicted of dealing in a relatively moderate amount of cocaine or heroin will face at least 5 years in federal prison and up to 40 years. For a subsequent offense, the minimum penalty is 10 years, and life in prison is a possibility. Aggravating circumstances, such as if someone was seriously hurt during the course of a drug deal, can leave an Alabama resident facing a mandatory life sentence.

Should Alabama schools regulate cyberbullying?

In common terms, cyberbullying is a form of bullying that takes place when kids face threats, putdowns, discrimination or derogatory language via email, social media or other forms of electronic communication.

As electronic communication continues to increase in popularity, in the minds of many, cyberbullying is to a greater and greater extent supplanting the traditional schoolyard bullying as the predominant form of bullying. This is particularly scary since cyberbullying can, in the real world, take place at anytime, anywhere.

Why you should take the high road during divorce

Divorces tend to be highly emotional. Sometimes, these strong emotions can bring out the worst in us.

If your feelings toward your ex include remorse, frustration, betrayal, anger, apathy or some combination of these, it may become difficult for you to act rationally. But, here are a few reasons why you should try to remain amicable during this process.

Special education environment options

If your child has a qualifying disability, you should consider how special education can aid them through their studies. Depending on your child's condition, he or she may have different options when it comes to where and how this aid is delivered.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives each student the right to a free and appropriate public education within the least restrictive environment that can serve to meet the child's needs. Read on to learn more about what type of environment options this leaves children with a disability.

Schools must not get duped by the "high-functioning" label

Many children in Mobile, Alabama, have a condition which commonly gets referred to as a high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. Conditions like Asperger's Syndrome and other disorders fall under this label. While it is true that people with higher-functioning autism may be able to live, learn and, ultimately, work in society at a higher rate than those with more other forms of autism, the label high-functioning can lead to a lot of misunderstandings.

For instance, it is not true that someone with a high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder has just a minor disability that does not require the assistance offered under an Individualized Education Plan or a 504 plan. To review, both of these plans afford legal protections to students as required by the special education laws of this country.

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