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Spousal support basics in Kentucky

One of the biggest concerns and challenges during the divorce process can be the subject of spousal support. The spouse who is required to pay spousal support will have a keen interest in understanding the process of how spousal support is determined while the spouse who is seeking spousal support will also have a significant interest in how spousal support is awarded during divorce.

Spousal support, or spousal maintenance as it is referred to, is not automatically granted in Kentucky when a couple divorces which is why it is helpful to understand under what conditions is may be granted. If spousal support is requested, but not agreed to, the family law court will have to determine if it will be awarded and how much will be awarded and for how long.

Tips to help your teen prepare for driving

Sending your child off on the road for the first time is scary. Driving is a big responsibility and you should make sure your child is prepared.

You may not know how to get your child ready to take on the road alone. Here are a few tips that may help you and your child get ready:

Is it worth it to get a personal injury lawyer?

You might not know what to do if someone you love was injured in an accident. There are many factors at play when filing a claim and they can be hard to navigate alone.

You may have been told to hire an attorney to help you and your family through this time. However, you might not know if that is the best option. Why should you hire a lawyer when you are already talking to your insurance company?

Failed financial operation by a doctor in divorce

As an experienced doctor, he knew how to heal and help patients get well. But Dr. John Kirkpatrick’s education and experience did not extend to how to transfer assets in an IRA in divorce. While it’s no crime not to know how to make those transfers, the doctor probably felt criminally naïve for failing to speak to a family law attorney experienced in property division dispute resolution and in helping clients distribute their assets and avoid legal problems.

As it turned out, the doctor wound up paying $140,000 for failing to pay the taxes when he withdrew funds from his IRA and transferred them to his ex-wife.

Is your teen at risk of a prom-night DUI?

The final months of the school year are upon us, and for high schoolers, that means prom and graduation. Those two heady events are fraught with danger for teens whose exuberance often exceeds their restraint.

If you are the parent of a Kentucky teen who will be celebrating either or both rites-of-passage this spring, you may appreciate the following tips to help your child avoid some adolescent pitfalls.

  • Keep the communication lines open. While they might not act like it, teens do value parental guidance about some of the harder issues they encounter. Make sure that your message is crystal clear — driving drunk is never ok.
  • Provide alternatives to driving on prom and grad night. Even if your teen isn't drinking, he or she will be sharing the roads with many who will be. Arrange for a limo or party bus to drive several couples to and from the festivities.
  • Connect with other parents. While school dances and other functions are chaperoned, not all after-parties may have adults present and supervising. Make a few calls to your teenager's friends' parents to double-check that the parties will be alcohol-free and supervised.
  • Defuse peer pressure. Even the best kids can get derailed sometimes. Make sure that you point out that not every teen is making the poor choice to drink while underage and drive. Encourage teens to remain true to their convictions.

Make a report after even minor accidents

After a minor accident, some drivers may prefer to dispense with making a police report and decide to just go their separate ways. But this practice is never prudent, for several reasons.

For one, what at first appears to be an undamaged vehicle may actually not be. Even with no scraped paint or dented bumpers, your vehicle may have sustained invisible — but serious — structural damage that could prove quite costly to repair.

Is attorney-client privilege at risk in the United States?

Many Elizabethtown residents who have read recent headlines may be worried or confused about the fate of any privileged conversations they may have had with their criminal defense attorneys. After all, if the president of the United States can't count on attorney-client privilege to be sacrosanct, how can anyone else?

Fortunately, those fears or misconceptions are misguided. There is absolutely no threat to "one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications," as William H. Rehnquist wrote in a majority opinion back in 1998 when he was the chief justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Why is drowsy driving such a problem?

There are plenty of roadblocks to highway safety. The most obvious and egregious is impaired driving, as this is 100 percent avoidable if drivers refuse to get behind the wheel if they have taken drugs or been drinking alcohol.

While it is less recognized, drowsy driving is far more insidious, as everyone gets tired sometimes. Unfortunately, sometimes these sleepy folks do attempt to drive when what they really need is a good nap. More than 60 percent of drivers in the United States admit to at least a single incident of drowsy driving over the prior year.

Are teenagers responsible for most texting-related crashes?

When you think of texting and driving accidents, you likely think of teens. You assume that since most teens hate to be separated from their cellphones, they would be most at fault for such crashes.

While that may seem somewhat logical, recent studies show a different result.

What you do after a car crash has settlement ramifications

If you are the victim of a minor car crash, such as a rear-end collision, you will feel shaky at the very least.

Although your first move will be to check yourself and others for injuries, what you do next will matter in terms of receiving fair compensation from the other driver’s insurance company.

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