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May 2015 Archives

Changes in Standard Timesharing Agreements

Divorce is a heartbreaking experience for all involved and the situation can worsen when children are affected. Ten years ago the standard timesharing agreement was called a custody agreement and allotted a majority of the time to the mother with the father enjoying every other weekend and Wednesdays evenings with the child(ren). Today, the court system encourages 50/50 or semi-equal timesharing and shared parental responsibility of the minor child(ren). The courts have stopped giving automatic preference to the mother and instead look at each case on an individual basis to determine a timesharing agreement that is in the best interest of the child(ren).

Florida gang members face multiple criminal charges

Federal and Florida state authorities say that 29 people were charged and indicted for a variety of crimes including racketeering, drug trafficking and firearms violations by convicted felons. If convicted, they could face many years in prison. Of those who were indicted, 23 of them reportedly belonged to a gang called the Latin Kings.

Red Light Cameras

As the light turns yellow many drivers approaching intersections scan for pedestrians, other cars and police officers before making a split-second determination of whether to risk running a red light, or slam on their brakes. Sometimes the split-second decision of whether or not to run a yellow light is a difficult call to make and depends greatly on circumstances, such as the proximity of the car behind the driver, the amount of traffic in the intersection and whether or not a police officer is near to issue a ticket. The introduction of red light cameras may cause the scan for police officers to shift into a scan for cameras in the intersection. A driver crossing the white line on their side of the intersection once the light has turned red activates a red light camera to flash and capture video and photo evidence of the possible violation. The red light camera then sends information to a law enforcement official that reviews what the camera has gathered to determine whether a violation has occurred. If the law enforcement officer has determined that a violation has occurred then a citation is issued to the registered owner of the vehicle and if they pay the fine on time no points will be added to their license.