Online divorce resource guide helps those searching for information

Fantasy gives way to reality and then the journey becomes a rough bumpy ride. It becomes such a rough bumpy ride that you decide to take another road.

The dream wedding turned into “How do I get divorced” and do it as painlessly as possible?

Tina Hapner can help you with that. She is the founder and CEO of “What I really wanted to do is change the perception of how people feel about divorce.”

You take a negative and turn it around. You learn to move on through the rest of your life.

Tina says “When you tell someone, ‘Hey, I’m divorced,’ the ultimate response you get is, ‘I’m sorry.’ I really want to change that. It’s an opportunity when you get divorced to change your life and go down a different path.”

Tina knows about divorce. She has been there. She knows the challenge of the path people go down.

“I got divorced about three and a half years ago and found myself looking for positive information about the process. I didn’t find a whole lot out there on the web and I really wanted to go further.”

So Tina went to work. She got a big whiteboard and came up with the website’s name.

“I really liked not tied and really started whiteboarding the information people need when they go through a divorce.”

Online divorce is a safe place where anyone can go that is either in the process of getting or just got a divorce. The website is a “boots on the ground” type manual that provides the information you need during the painful stressful slog that a divorce can be for a person to endure.

It’s divided into sections like financial issues, housing, children, and spiritual wellness. Tina’s advice for someone going through a divorce or about to go through a divorce is the sound simple advice that we often forgot to do even in the smallest of stressful situations.

She says “Don’t forget to breathe. They will be okay and they have a community to go through that process with them. is not a site that will help them the decision. It’s a site that after they make that decision they can come here to get practical advice on what will become the new normal. is a free website. Anyone can use the site that easy to navigate.

Top 10 tips for driving on Alabama’s winter roads

Winter driving can be daunting the first time you head into the snow. Preparing your vehicle for a winter road trip is a vital way to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Below we have compiled the top 10 winter driving tips to give you a safe and stress-free driving experience this winter.

Take fifteen minutes to do a pre-trip inspection. Check your anti-freeze levels, heater, defroster and wipers. Put weather appropriate washer fluid (anti-ice) in your car and keep an ice scraper handy. Also, make sure that your tires are properly inflated and consider purchasing a set of winter tires. The improved performance you get out of the softer rubber in colder temperatures is worth the investment.

Carry chains even if the forecast is clear. Cold weather patterns can be unpredictable, and you never know when you might need an impromptu tow to get out of a bad spot from a helping hand on the side of the road.

Leave your AM band on your radio tuned to the local highway advisory radio station. It will keep you up to date on changes in road conditions. You also might consider installing a weather app on your smart phone. Just be sure not to check it while driving, be sure to have a passenger notify you of road updates. Before you leave, you may also check out the Alabama Department of Transportation’s page for road conditions and road advisories.

Pack some energy bars, warm clothing, water, blankets and candles in case of breakdown or if you get snowed in by poor visibility and are too low on fuel to keep the motor running for heat.

Have alternate routes or a GPS handy in case of road closures. This can happen quite frequently when cold and icy weather develops. Always know your way around, and keep your gas tank full. Bridges and overpasses may be closed. The overpasses on Memorial Parkway (US 231) and the elevated portions of I-565 are usually the first roads to close. The main roads are usually the first roads cleared by the road crews to become passable. Out in the county, county roads and secondary roads may be slick and dangerous or covered with snow and ice.

Resist any temptation to out run a storm by speeding and do not let other drivers intimidate you by tailgating in order to get you to speed up. Maintain a consistent a safe consistent speed without violating any laws.

Depart early on your road trip. Get as much daytime driving as you can, and allow yourself additional time to reach your destination. Winter driving can be rugged during the day, but it is treacherous at night.

Watch out for black ice, especially on bridges and roads near bodies of water. Black ice is a thin glaze that forms on roads. It is dangerous because it can be invisible or transparent.

Keep a safe distance, at least 2-4 seconds stopping time from other motorists. Stopping quickly on snow or ice takes much longer on winter roads, so make sure you leave some space.

Do not push past your limits or skill level. Pull over to a rest area to wait out the storm or spend the night relaxing at the nearest motel. In some cases, it is best to avoid driving altogether when roads are hazardous.

No matter how careful you are, you still might find yourself injured in an accident. If that happens you may need an attorney for help – help in covering your medical bills, help in collecting your lost income, and help dealing with the insurance companies. If you are injured in an accident in Huntsville, and your financial recovery depends on your lawyer’s understanding of the law, then you will want a proven law firm with the experience of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C.

Alabama school employees in limbo with PEEHIP lawsuit

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A lawsuit between the Alabama Education Association and PEEHIP is moving forward with the hopes of getting some extra cash to Alabama teachers.

In 2016, the Alabama legislature passed a raise for teachers and school employees across the state; four percent for anyone making less than $75,000 and those making more than that would receive a two percent raise.

“When they saw that employees were getting a raise, they decided they wanted it,” said Beverly Sims, a representative for the Alabama Education Association.

PEEHIP, or the Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan, then voted to increase their rates even though the legislature had fully funded what PEEHIP asked for.

“Some of our employees were actually bringing home less on their paychecks after they got a raise and then had to pay for those increases,” Sims said.

AEA sued PEEHIP saying their vote was illegally done because the meeting discussing these raises was closed; according to the Open Meeting Act, what the PEEHIP board talked about should only be discussed in an open meeting, and the first court ruled in AEA’s favor.

“The first judge ordered PEEHIP to put all of these increases in escrow. They could not spend the money, so if the ruling is in our favor they will have to return that money to all of the employees,” Sims said.

PEEHIP has filed an appeal with the Alabama Supreme Court.

The court held verbal arguments for the appeal on Wednesday and now everyone is in limbo until the court makes their decision.

“It’s been so long since they had a real raise that they could really make a difference in their pocket, so if they get that money back as a lump sum I cannot even explain to you how happy they will be,” Sims said.

The court did not give an expected date for when they’ll have their decision. Sims says the employees would love to have that money for the holidays, but they’re not hopeful the court will make up their mind before then.