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Divorce can take an emotional toll on you

One thing that makes divorce so difficult to deal with is the emotional toll that it takes on each person. You need to be prepared for the way that the end of your marriage might impact you during the process, as well as in the period after it.

There are many different feelings that you might experience. Oftentimes, this is a roller coaster of emotions that can have ups and downs at a drop of the hat. Knowing how to cope with these might be beneficial.

Kentucky roadways: More dangerous when drunk drivers are nearby

If you are age 21 or beyond, Kentucky law allows you to drink alcohol, unless, of course, there is a particular reason in your individual criminal history that prohibits it. If you consume a drink with alcohol in it before planning to operate a motor vehicle, you are under obligation to make responsible decisions as to whether you are legally able to drive. If your blood alcohol content level is .08 or above, you risk facing arrest and DUI charges.

What if you are completely sober, haven't touched a drop, and get into a car accident because another motorist made an irresponsible choice to drink and drive? Many fatalities occur every year throughout the nation because of drunk driving. If you suspect that a particular driver might be dealing with intoxication and can keep a safe distance between the two of you, you increase your chances of safely reaching your destination. That's not always possible, however.

Personal injury cases must be carefully planned

Car wrecks and other accidents can lead to very serious injuries that have life-long impacts. The victims of these crashes might decide that they are going to seek compensation. Taking the steps to do this quickly can help ensure that they get things done within the time allotted by Kentucky law.

We realize that you might have some health concerns that need to be addressed before you can take legal action. You should seek out care for those and get stabilized as quickly as possible after the accident. Once that is done, you can look into seeking compensation.

Find your peace with co-parenting

Keeping your focus on co-parenting isn't always easy. Since you and your ex aren't in a relationship any longer, it can be rather difficult to have to deal with him or her on a regular basis, but you have to because of the children.

One way that you can make things easier on yourself is to find your zen. Figure out what makes the situation a little less stressful for yourself and focus on those. Here are some suggestions you might find useful:

Puncture wounds from animal bites must be monitored carefully

People who are bitten by an animal are at risk of many different things. The bite wounds can leave scarring, which is a life-changing event for people who are bitten on high visibility areas of the body, such as the face. There is also a chance of the wound becoming infected, which could be painful and costly.

An animal's mouth is full of bacteria. When a person is bitten, this bacteria can be pushed down into the wound. Unfortunately, inside of a puncture wound from the tooth is a perfect place for the bacteria to flourish. The area is warm, moist, and dark, so it is usually best not to have these puncture wounds sutured closed because that will create a haven for the bacteria.

Are there certain things that a power of attorney can't include?

When people think of some types of contracts like prenuptial agreements or power of attorneys (POAs), they often get the impression that they can include virtually anything in them. They often think that so long as the person drafting it or agreeing to the terms is willing to sign it, it will seen as legally enforceable. This is far from the case, though.

While POAs can be used to give someone else a tremendous amount of leeway to make both personal and financial decisions in the life of someone they care about, there are limitations to what can be included in them.

What distracts you while driving, beside your phone?

Distracted driving is a growing issue in most states with nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involving some form of distraction within three seconds before the event. Most people assume cellphones are the only major distraction in the vehicle but that’s not always the case.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in and has the potential to distract them from the primary task of driving. Any distraction that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel or mind off the task can increase risk of crashes.

Estate planning isn't limited only to the wealthy

You can't think of an estate plan as something that only applies to wealthy people. Instead, you need to look at your circumstances and find out how an estate plan might benefit your needs. You need to look at the totality of the situation to determine what estate plan components you need.

One thing that you need to know from the start is that you don't need to worry about accounts that already have beneficiary designations. These include some financial accounts like bank accounts or life insurance policies. When you started the accounts, you indicated who these would go to. Look at the payable on death designation for the accounts.

Kentucky law changes direction on custody cases

Kentucky is making waves among divorcing parents as it becomes the first of the states to establish the idea of joint custody for both parents as the default legal option.

Joint custody is generally preferred by experts who believe that it helps steady the life of a child whose parents end up divorced. It's also heavily preferred by a lot of parents who feel they would be cheated out of precious time with their children under the old default model of custody, which essentially gave primary physical custody to just one parent. The other parent had to make do with little more than alternate weekend visits and occasional weeknights. Many parents, especially fathers, felt that they were being punished for getting divorced under the old way of doing things.

Women face financial challenges after gray divorce

Since the 1990s, the rate at which people over 50 years old get divorced has doubled. It has been termed "gray divorce," and it is more common than ever in the United States.

Experts warn that this can lead to a lot of financial challenges, especially for women. No matter how you feel about traditional gender roles, the reality is that men are still the main financial planners in most marriages. Studies have shown that women defer to their husbands in this regard in 56 percent of cases.

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