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Moving past divorce might not be easy, but you can do it

Sharing children with your ex means that you will still have contact with each other. This makes it hard to move on. It is necessary to set your focus on moving past the marriage so that you can enjoy your new life. This can be a challenge, but you can make it happen through hard work.

If you are going to help your children thrive despite the divorce, you have to be on stable footing. You need to be able to handle your emotions. You have to be the model to show them what to do. This all starts with letting go of the failed marriage.

Estate planning: Consider planning for minor children

Once you have children, your focus shifts from you to them. While new parents make many plans for their kids, one plan might not have been considered yet - an estate plan. You need to think about what you want to happen with your children when you pass away so that you can take steps now to make this happen. You might be surprised at some of the things that you need to consider.

The first thing for you to determine is who you want to raise your children. This person should be someone you trust and who is willing and able to care for them. Some people think that their parents will do this, but you have to think about what will happen if your parents are elderly and can't handle the task. When you decide who is going to take on this duty, you need to name the guardian for the children, which is done as part of your estate plan.

Child custody: Stability at home starts with a parenting plan

Your children need to have stability at home, but this can be a challenge when they have to live between two homes. It is up to you and your ex to make sure that you have everything set up so that your children can thrive in this situation. Remember, your children didn't ask for their parents to divorce and shouldn't have to deal with a lot of drama because of the adults' decision. We can help you to come up with a suitable parenting plan that addresses their needs.

When you are thinking about what needs to be included in the child custody agreement, you have to base your decisions on the best interests of the children. It isn't always easy to put yourself aside, but you will probably find that there is less conflict between you and your ex when you do.

Does your neighbor's property have an attractive nuisance?

If you have children, you may have taken the time to plug electrical outlets, secure cabinet doors and raise breakable items to higher shelves. These simple steps make your home a safer place for a child drawn to items that look enticing but are actually dangerous.

Unfortunately, not everyone takes these steps on their property, and this places innocent children at risk. While your neighbors may feel they do not have to worry about someone else's children, Kentucky laws say otherwise. A property owner may not owe a duty to trespassers to secure any hazardous items, but when the possibility exists that a trespasser may be a child, the duty is very real.

Estate planning: Do you know one will from another?

Have you executed a solid estate plan? If not, why? Perhaps, you're one of many Kentucky residents who cringe at the thought of having a discussion or making plans that focus on your own mortality. Many people procrastinate when it comes to estate planning, for this reason. There are also those who want to get things started but hesitate because they are confused about certain terms, such as wills.

There are various types of wills, and a key to developing a good estate plan is knowing the difference between documents, then determining which ones best fit your immediate needs and long-term goals. One helpful tip is to talk to someone you know with an estate plan in place -- in particular, someone who signed a will. Also, there is experienced legal support available that you can tap into at any time.

Start your summer planning now for the children

Even though it is only March, now is the time to start thinking about your plans for the children when school is out. This can help to prevent you from scrambling at the last minute to make plans. There are several considerations that you have to think about for this aspect of custody matters.

One thing to remember is that you need to plan your childcare options. This consideration is especially important for parents with young children. It can take a good deal of work to finalize these plans because you might not have the children for the entire summer. You and your ex must determine whether the same childcare provider will be used by both parents or whether each will find their own for the times when they have the children.

Changes in circumstances that should start an estate plan review

One concern that some individuals have when they are creating an estate plan is what will happen if things change with their situation. The good news is that with the exception of an irrevocable trust, it is fairly easy to change the estate plan as necessary. Whether you have already set your estate plan or are working on it now, you should know some of the situations that might signal you need to look at the terms of it to ensure that it still reflects your wishes.

If you get married, you need to take a close look at the estate plan. You will likely want to ensure that your spouse is taken care of if you pass away. But what about children from a previous relationship or other family members that you have already promised to care for? You need to be sure that those considerations are reflected in the estate plan, but the way you do this might have to change, so ask your estate planning attorney for guidance. The plan must also reflect what will happen if you and your spouse pass away at the same time.

Ease the stress of co-parenting with these 3 tips

Co-parenting isn't ever easy. You have to be able to put the differences between you and your ex aside so that you can focus on the children. The problem with this is that the horrors of your marriage and the tension that led to the end of it might still be present. This is a challenge that you will have to work hard to overcome.

There are a few ways that you can ease the stress of the co-parenting relationship so that you can work with your ex throughout your kids' childhood. These do take work on the part of both adults, so they will be much easier if you and your ex can work as a parenting team.

Work through the terms of your divorce as amicably as possible

The terms of your divorce can either set you up for success in the future or tear you down and make it hard to rebuild. Obviously, your goal is the first option. We know that you want a divorce settlement that is in your best interests and we are here to work toward that goal.

One of the most important things for you to remember as you are going through the divorce is that you have to protect yourself. Your ex might have done that while you were married, but now they are going to look after themselves.

Trucking crashes demand urgent attention, act accordingly

Accidents with semi-trucks are particularly devastating. This is because of the sheer size and the incredible weight of these large vehicles. When they slam into a personal vehicle, the occupants of the car are likely going to face a worse fate than the people in the semi-truck cab. If you are injured in a trucking crash, you should remember that you have specific rights now.

Your top priority is likely going to be getting medical care for your injuries. This can actually be very important in a claim for compensation because the medical records can tie those injuries together with the accident, which can help to prove that your case meets the legal requirement for a personal injury case. We realize that this might seem complex, but we are here to handle the legal aspects of the matter so that you can focus on healing and moving forward.

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