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Financial matters are important during a divorce

The financial impact of a divorce is difficult for some women to manage. In the short term, you have your normal bills to pay, but you also have the expenses that are directly related to the divorce. This can put an even bigger strain on your bank account right now.

In order to properly plan for your finances, you need to set a budget based on your income. Even if you think that spousal support is forthcoming, don't plan on it until you have an order for it. You need to ensure you include vital expenses like your car payment, insurance, food, mortgage or rent, utilities and any other payments that are critical. Remember, you can adjust your budget as things settle down and your needs change.

Review your entire child custody order for a full understanding

Having to deal with issues related to your children can be troublesome. The problems you will face are increased when you are dealing with a child custody arrangement. It is imperative to ensure you are complying with the terms of the order, so that you don't face future legal issues. We realize that settling into this situation isn't always easy, so we are here to help you go through the order so you can understand what you need to do and what your ex is expected to do.

Child custody orders cover many aspects of the arrangement. One of the terms that is reviewed often is the parenting time schedule. This is the outline of when each parent will have the children with them. A schedule for normal times of the year is included, but there is often another schedule for holidays. It is best to become familiar with both of these.

Why should you pay for damage another driver's negligence caused?

If you're a parent, you understand that while your children are young, you are responsible for their behavior. Like all Kentucky parents, you have an obligation to keep your children as safe as possible and to provide for their needs; however, you are also supposed to teach them how to behave properly. As they get older, you make sure they understand traffic laws when they are old enough to drive as well as laws concerning alcohol and other criminal offenses.  

Once your kids reach a certain age, they become legally responsible for their own choices. Just as you reach a point in your parenting journey when you are no longer legally responsible for your kids, you are also not responsible for the actions of other adults, such as motorists with whom you share the road. If a distracted driver wrecks into your vehicle, causing you injury, you are likely not to blame.

Who's at fault in a bike crash?

When you exercise, the last thing you're thinking about is getting hit by a car. Unfortunately, whether you're a pedestrian, cyclist or another road user, there is a risk of getting into a collision.

As with any kind of crash, there is a risk that you could suffer an injury. If you do, then the person responsible for the collision should pay for your medical care and needs.

Customize your estate plan to meet your goals

Creating an estate plan can be a challenge for many people. This isn't because it is a hard thing to do. It is because it can be difficult to decide who gets what. You don't want your heirs to think that you are favoring one person over another, but you want to make sure that everything you are handing down is handled responsibly.

One thing that you need to remember when you are setting up your estate plan is that you can use trusts to outline conditions of distribution. This can help you ensure that your heirs are getting what you leave to them at a time when they are more likely to use it wisely. We can help you to explore what options you have for doing this.

Child support payments may be comingled with household funds

Child support ensures that both parents are helping to cover the cost of rearing the child. This is sometimes a very contentious matter, but it is one that must be resolved. It is imperative that the adults in these matters remember that support payments are meant to provide a good life for the child.

When you pay child support, your ex is only the conduit for your child to get money. You can't really hand a child money and expect them to manage it responsibly. A four-year-old isn't going to pay the electric bill and buy food with a child support payment. Instead, you pay the money to your ex so that he or she can pay what needs to be paid.

Semi crashes may be caused by truckers, but other factors exist

Truckers have a duty to drive safely so that others on the road can get to where they are going. When truckers are distracted or suffering from fatigue, they might not be able to handle their driving duties in the manner they should. Unfortunately, many of them know that they can't simply stop and take some time to rest and gather their wits. They are often on very tight schedules that don't allow them the liberty to do what they need in order to remain safe.

There are a few other causes of semi truck crashes that you should know about. Other drivers might dart in front of the trucker, which can cause them to take evasive actions that might result in a crash. They might hit that vehicle and then cause a chain reaction.

Hours of service regulations goal is to prevent truck accidents

Semitrailers and other commercial vehicles are a familiar sight on many Kentucky roadways. Sadly, truck accidents involving these vehicles are common. While there are numerous things that can contribute to semitrailer accidents, driver fatigue is a significant issue in many cases.

In order to help prevent truck accidents related to driver fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has certain regulations in place that limit the number of hours of service. Truck drivers are only to be on the road for certain lengths of time, and regulations require them to take breaks so that they are ready to safely operate their vehicles.

Monitor these areas of concern during a divorce

The end of a marriage brings up a lot of emotions and decisions. If you and your ex have children, they will have some major changes to adjust to as well. Thinking about the best way to help them as you deal with the situation yourself can be overwhelming. You may find that addressing issues one at a time is beneficial. We are here to help you find out about your legal options for different situations that may arise during your divorce.

For most divorces, there are three primary concerns, including property division, child custody and support payments. These three can all have a big impact on your future, so you need to consider them carefully. You can't assume that you already know the outcome for any of these separate matters.

Don't believe common child custody myths

Parenting your children is a difficult task, even in the best situations. Things can get even more complex when you are divorced. It is important that you think carefully about what you want to do about custody issues. Dispelling common myths might be helpful.

One thing that you shouldn't assume is that the mother is always going to get custody of the children. In fact, more cases are moving toward shared custody that enables both parents to have equal time with the children.

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