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Father Arrested for Child Abuse after Bringing Son to Hospital

The 26-year-old father to a barely-two-month-old baby has been arrested by Tucson police on suspicion of child abuse, reports the Associated Press.

David Hollenback was arrested on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he brought his 7-week-old son to the hospital to treat what he allegedly said was congestion.

Police say Hollenback later changed his story and told hospital staff that he had dropped his son while taking a shower with him. However, staff members realized that the child's extensive injuries, including bleeding in his brain, were too serious to fit Hollenback's story, according to the Associated Press.

The boy is expected to survive but will likely face permanent neurological damage.

Woman Faces Assault Charges for Running Over Cheating Husband

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned - especially when she's aiming her car at you.

A Mesa woman faces domestic violence charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage for running over her allegedly cheating husband, reports The Arizona Republic.

Police believe Colene Barker intentionally struck and ran over her husband in Monday because he was trying to leave her for another woman. Witnesses also say she rammed into his car twice before taking her anger out on him.

To add insult to injury, witnesses say Barker stood over him and taunted him while he was "rolling in pain" on the ground.

The Straw that Broke Kobe's Marriage: Vanessa Files for Divorce

It's safe to say that all of Kobe Bryant's apologies and all of the diamonds in the world couldn't put his marriage back together again.

Vanessa Bryant finally filed for divorce on Wednesday after years of alleged infidelity by the Los Angeles Lakers star, reports CNN.

Kobe's soon-to-be ex-wife cited irreconcilable differences in the filing. The two have been married for almost 11 years and have two daughters together.

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Child Support Modification Drama

In the several incarnations of the Real Housewives series, the Real Housewives of Atlanta is arguably the most popular. And it can be fairly educational, once in a while.

Season 4, Episode 6 became a prime example of “what not to do if you have child support drama.” Outspoken “housewife” Sheree Whitfield battled her ex-husband Bob Whitfield in court over child support payments, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Sheree claimed her allegedly deadbeat ex has not paid child support in years, while the former football player countered that he cannot afford the current level of payments because his income had been greatly reduced.

I Don't: All-Time Low U.S. Marriage Rate, Couples Marrying Later

Along with war, marriage seems to be another thing Americans think is good for absolutely nothing.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, the U.S. marriage rate is at an all-time low of 51 percent, reports NPR. And if couples do decide to get married, it’s now at a later time in life than before.

If the decreasing trend in the current number of married adults continues, in a few years less than half of American adults will be married and at older ages.

So why are couples shirking the sacred ceremony of marriage?

Elizabeth Johnson Competent for Baby Gabriel Trial, Loses Attorney

Recent developments in the case of missing infant Baby Gabriel have not been going well for Elizabeth Johnson, the primary suspect and mother to the missing child.

A Maricopa County psychologist reported in court that Johnson is competent to stand trial. At the same time, Johnson's defense counsel has asked to withdraw from the case, reports The Arizona Republic.

"We are dealing with someone with serious mental-health problems," said Marci Kratter, Johnson's criminal defense attorney. "She does not trust anyone, and we cannot work with her at this point."

Man Arrested on Sex Charge for Sexting Punishment

Parents, it's a good idea to teach your children about the dangers - both emotional and legal - of sexting, the transmission of nude images or suggestive material via text message. However, it isn't a good idea to teach your child a lesson about sexting by sexting the picture to all of her friends.

A San Tan Valley man is currently in custody for sexual exploitation of a minor after he texted a naked photo of his girlfriend's daughter to 40 of her friends, reports azfamily.com.

Top 5 Things to Learn From Jan Brewer's Social Security Troubles

Applying for and receiving social security benefits is a complicated and often confusing process. Right now, no one knows this better than Governor Jan Brewer, who is going through a federal investigation regarding her son’s benefits. Here are a few things you should know about social security benefits based on Brewer’s legal troubles:

Tempe Couple Guilty of Child Abuse after Baby Almost Drowns in Tub

A Tempe couple pleaded guilty to felony child abuse last week for allowing their infant son to almost drown in a motel bathtub, reports the Associated Press.

Twenty-six-year-old Jasen Anchondo and 23-year-old Summer Dawn Angelly were indicted in August on felony child abuse charges based on allegations that they left their 11-month-son unsupervised in a bathtub.

Representing Yourself in Family Court

Family law proceedings can be a long and difficult process, but hiring a family law attorney to represent you in court may just not be feasible given financial difficulties. Luckily, many courts and agencies offer resources designed to assist you in representing yourself in family court.

Under federal law, you have the right to represent yourself in all courts of the United States. However, a lack of legal training or experience could make the process more difficult for you. Nevertheless, there are programs out there designed to assist you in exercising your right of self-representation.

Top Three Things to Know Before You Hire a Family Law Attorney

If you need to hire a family law attorney, you are typically dealing with important life decisions that can affect you and the ones you love. Below, we outline three things you should know before you hire a family law attorney in order to ensure you are receiving the best representation possible.

1. Attorney Experience

It is ideal to have an experienced family law attorney representing you in court. Someone who focuses exclusively on family law will be the most up-to-date on legal developments and laws in the area. You also want to make sure that they have experience in the specific issue of family law that your case concerns, such as divorce matters or child custody battles.