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Ex-Wife of Hospital Founder Seeks $400,000 per Month in Divorce Settlement

Alicia Stephenson, ex-wife of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s founder, is seeking a hefty divorce settlement of $400,000 per month to maintain her current lifestyle. Her testimony sheds light on the nature of her debts, which includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees and taxes on her monthly maintenance.

The court officially finalized the messy divorce, which had a nine-year long legal process, but the former couple has yet to agree upon a financial settlement. Stephenson argues that she is entitled to the luxuries she had during her 18-year marriage, some of which include private jets, lavish parties, expensive vacations, household staff, and multiple homes. Part of her testimony revealed the various expenditures of her marriage, which she claims never had a financial cap. These items include expensive china, silverware, and crystals distributed throughout each of their many homes. Stephenson claimed that since the divorce, she had to live on limited funds compared to her living expenses during marriage. This has led to credit card debt and a struggle to obtain a loan for the purchase of a new 2017 Audi Q7.

Divorce can be a messy, drawn-out legal battle if both parties cannot agree on the terms of a settlement. However, obtaining a skilled, knowledgeable divorce attorney can make all the difference. If you are in need of counsel in light of an impending divorce, do not hesitate to contact the legal team at Alexander & Associates for effective representation by calling our Colleyville offices at (972) 420-6560.


Opposing views about no-fault divorce in Texas

Under the state law of Texas, married couples are allowed the option of undergoing a no-fault divorce to split amicably if they have no hope or reasonable expectation of ever reconciling. However, State Representative Matt Krause is hoping he can change things during the 85th Legislative Session, which started on Tuesday, January 10.

In an interview with the Star-Telegram, Krause said, “I don’t know if we don’t take our vows as seriously as we used to, but I think getting rid of the no-fault divorce piece of this may make folks concentrate on this a little harder before they enter into that relationship, or stick it out to where they can restore the relationship and the tough times in marriage.”

However, other legislators disagree with Krause. State Representative DeWayne Burns said “What we really need, instead of more laws, is for more people to be a living testimony to the importance of marriage as a cornerstone of our society. Jennifer and I would never presume to judge others as to how serious, or not serious, they take their vows to each other.”

Our attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide legal services to our clients in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, and other areas in Texas. We will do everything in our power to ensure your best interests are met. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices at (972) 420-6560 to explore your legal options today.


Bill seeks to make it tougher and more expensive to get divorced in Texas

Texas State Representative Matt Krause filed a bill that seeks to deter divorce in Texas by making it more time-consuming and expensive. Supposedly, the bill seeking to end the no-fault divorce option is meant to encourage couples to try harder to get their marriages to work and to protect the family unit.

After filing the bill, Krause said, “Marriage has been devalued over the past decades,” noting he thinks this trend is because of the presence of the no-fault option in divorces, which became legal in Texas in the 1970’s. “We’ve found that the current law has not produced the benefits it intended,” Krause said, referencing a report from the Heritage Foundation that showed children who were raised by married parents often benefit more than their counterparts who were raised by split parents.

However, many people disagree with the meaning of these statistics. For instance, domestic violence awareness organization PEACE Initiative Director Patricia Castillo said, “Living in an abusive home, even if it’s just two or three years, can do irreparable damage to a child.” She added that lawmakers who want to keep children in that environment “are either in denial or simply ignorant.”

Our attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide legal services for our clients throughout Denton, Tarrant, and Dallas counties. We will make sure your rights are protected and that your interests are upheld. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (972) 420-6560.


Football player Michael Floyd busted over DUI in Arizona

Professional football player Michael Floyd was recently apprehended in Arizona for driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants (DUI), which led to his dismissal from his team, an article of ESPN reported on December 14.

According to reports, aside from the DUI, Floyd was charged with failure to obey a police officer after the December 12 incident, in which he was found unresponsive behind the steering wheel while the engine of his vehicle was still running. Responding officers reported they needed to block Floyd’s vehicle from traffic before waking him up. Days after the arrest, the majority of officials for the Cardinals decided to terminate Floyd from the team.

The attorneys at Alexander & Associates in Lewisville understand people who have been arrested for DUI charges are likely to suffer from financial problems. However, if you arrested for driving drunk, we may be able to offer you legal assistance to make sure your interests are protected in the process. Find out how we can defend you today by calling (972) 420-6560.


Man apprehended for attacking spouse in Denton

Denton authorities recently apprehended a man after he attacked his spouse while armed with a knife, a report of Denton Record-Chronicle stated on Thursday, December 8.

Reports coming from Denton police revealed they responded to an incident related to domestic violence on December 7 in the 1800 block of Mohican Avenue involving a man and his spouse. The man, whose name was not released, was impaired by intoxicants when authorities found him in his backyard. Responding authorities decided to book the man at Denton City Jail because they believe he may cause harm to others if not detained. The name of the woman was withheld by authorities as well.

In the tough situation that law enforcers put you in custody, enlisting a skilled attorney is important. You want to have the best legal representation you need to protect your rights. Find out how a Lewisville defense attorney at Alexander & Associates can tirelessly work for you today by calling (972) 420-6560.


Divorce rumors surrounding Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed persist

Actor, model, and director Ian Somerhalder, 37, and his wife, 28-year-old actress, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter Nikki Reed have faced rumors of divorce ever since they married.

After The Vampire Diaries announced Nina Dobrev, Somerhalder’s ex, would be returning to the drama series for the eighth season, the rumors intensified. Another report circling the gossip mill is that Reed, amid the divorce allegations, is pregnant with her first baby with Somerhalder. Meanwhile, Somerhalder and Reed have refused to respond to the divorce rumors, but they do post sweet photographs and videos of each other on their social media accounts.

Our attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide legal services for our clients in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, and other areas of Texas. We handle family legal cases involving child support, child custody and visitation, and divorce, among others. Call our offices at (972) 420-6560 to discuss your case with a qualified member of our legal team and assess your options today.


Houston teacher impregnated by student may get probation under plea deal

The controversial Houston middle school teacher, who was previously charged for having a sexual relationship with a minor, recently struck a plea deal for probation, an article of KHOU reported on November 16.

According to reports, a guilty plea of “aggravated sexual assault of a child” was entered by 25-year-old Alexandria Vera. A charge of “continuous sexual abuse of a child” was initially filed against the former Stovall Middle School teacher that could have a 30-year punishment. Vera was charged after a 13-year-old student with whom she was having a relationship got her pregnant. After learning she was pregnant in January, Vera reportedly terminated the baby. Vera’s legal counsel is hoping the judge will consider a probation penalty so his client can avoid having a criminal record.

The lawyers at Alexander & Associates represent Lewisville individuals who are facing sexual assault charges. If you are in this situation, we can help you come up with a deal that may favor you. Find out how we could legally defend you today by calling (972) 420-6560.


Astonishing Celebrity Divorces of 2016

The year 2016 was packed with some of the most controversial and shocking celebrity divorces of all time.

Among these divorces is actor and producer Brad Pitt, 53, and actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. 41. Their split was a surprise because they did not break up because of a third party, as many Hollywood couples seem to do, but because of differences in parenting styles. The two have six children – some adopted from third-world countries in Asia and Africa. Jolie was the one who initiated the divorce, claiming the reason she filed for divorce was “for the health of the family.”

Forty-one-year-old actress and model Drew Barrymore and her actor husband Will Koppelman of “The Intern” and “Friendly Fire” fame separated more amicably, making us see that friendship after divorce is possible.

Our attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide dedicated and experienced legal assistance to our clients in Texas and handle family law cases. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (972) 420-6560.


Chef Chiarello busted in CA after drunk driving and drug possession charges

Well-known American TV personality and chef Michael Chiarello was recently arrested by California authorities in Napa County after police suspected him of driving a vehicle while under the influence. Chiarello also had illegal drugs in his possession, a November 4 article of CBS News reported.

According to reports, the 54-year-old chef was stopped by state highway authorities on Silverado Trail at 3:30 a.m. on November 2. Chiarello was reportedly driving a Porsche Boxster several miles from Yountville at the time. Reports later confirmed Chiarello was temporarily booked but was released. In a statement, Chiarello said he was embarrassed by the incident and he sent his apologies to all the people close to him. He is expected to contest the misdemeanor charges filed against him.

Facing DUI or drug possession charges is often frustrating, especially if the crime is your first. Enlisting a skilled attorney is important and can keep your reputation and legal rights protected at all times. Find out how an attorney at Alexander & Associates in Lewisville can represent you today by calling (972) 420-6560.


Texas student busted for driving while drunk

A student at Texas A&M University was recently arrested by local authorities because she was driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, an article of Time reported on October 28.

According to reports, 19-year-old Miranda Kay Rader was driving on October 26 when she struck a parked police car. Information coming from police revealed the incident happened as Rader was sending a Snapchat photo to her boyfriend, presumably while topless. The officer noted that Rader was putting her clothes back on and her bra was undone. The officer also saw a container of an alcoholic beverage inside her vehicle. Rader was discharged from custody after posting a $2,000 bond.

Facing drunken driving charges is frightening because you must deal with law enforcement officers and face hefty penalties. However, if you are in this tough situation, enlisting the help of an experienced defense attorney is important so you have the best legal representation possible. Call an attorney at Alexander & Associates in Lewisville today by calling (972) 420-6560 to learn more about your legal options.

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