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Help for families with child custody concerns

The divorce process can bring uncertainty to a family and divorcing couples may be understandably concerned about child custody and how the divorce process will impact their children. Fortunately, the family law process provides resources to help divorcing couples resolve their child custody concerns and the more that divorcing couples are familiar with that process, the more they will know what to expect from it.

Child custody decisions are always based on what is in the best interests of the child. A host of factors will be used to determine what is in the best interests of the child. Factors that are considered include the child's involvement in school and community, their wishes and any abuse or neglect. Whether the family law court is making the child custody determination, or the divorcing couple is agreeing to a child custody arrangement, the guiding focus of the child custody process is always what is in the best interests of the child.

Kentucky high school principal charged with DUI

An Oldham County High School principal is on paid leave after being charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving. Though she will take one week off to address personal issues, she will remain employed with the board of education while charges are pending. Her continued employment will be decided pending the outcome of this incident.

A police officer observed a woman crossing the center line several times on in the early hours of a Sunday morning. Upon pulling her over, he noticed that she had slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. The officer asked the woman to step out of the vehicle, where he then performed a sobriety test and obtained a blood alcohol reading. The woman failed both, with her blood alcohol registering at 0.11 percent. The legal blood alcohol limit for driving in the state of Kentucky is 0.08 percent. She advised the officer that she "was out with friends."

What are the most dangerous roads near Louisville?

As Louisville is the largest and most popular city in Kentucky, it is also the most dangerous for drivers. So many busy and accident-prone roads intersect with each other and bring the heavy traffic and road obstacles with them.

The various roads and highways have become so hazardous that they consistently rank in WalletHub’s most dangerous highways in the United States for the last couple of years. Before you head onto one of these roads into the big city, you need to be aware of which areas are the most dangerous and how to approach them carefully.

The benefits of a local personal injury attorney

A common misconception is that you must go to a big city firm to get the best attorney for your personal injury. These firms in major cities have had a significant amount of exposure to the public to give you a good idea of how they operate. Whenever you see a legal show on television, chances are the firm is in a huge office or tucked in some of the scummy parts of the city.

However, a reputable attorney could be just a few minutes away from your house in Elizabethtown or any other small city in Kentucky. Though some view local attorneys as “the cheaper option” that lacks the expertise of a big city firm, they greatly underestimate their value and do not understand all the advantages you can gain from one in your personal injury case.

Louisville woman charged with assault and animal cruelty

A 33-year-old Louisville woman has been charged with assault with minor injury and cruelty to animals. The victim had just finished walking her dog and was getting into her grandmother's vehicle when the woman grabbed her by her hair from behind and threw her to the ground. She was hit repeatedly in the head with fists and with the door of the vehicle.

The victim's 15-year-old brother and grandmother attempted to stop the assault. The grandmother was thrown to the ground as well, and the brother grabbed the assailant in an attempt to get her away from his sister. The woman also kicked the victim's dog.

Kentucky man killed in crash involving semi-truck

A 75-year-old Louisville man was killed recently in a crash on the Watterson Expressway. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and was reported to have several blunt force traumatic injuries. Though the incident is still under investigation, a preliminary report suggests that the car the man was driving was struck from behind by a semi-truck. That impact sent the car spinning uncontrollably into traffic causing it to hit yet another vehicle, then came to rest underneath the semi-truck.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that approximately 33 percent of all fatality involved motor vehicle crashes are the result of tractor-trailer accidents. It is believed that in more than 95 percent of crashes involving tractor trailers, the occupant of the smaller motor vehicle is the injured, paralyzed, or even deceased party.

What to do when your child goes back to school after your divorce

As the school year approaches, many Kentucky students will have a harder time going back to classes. There is the disappointment of the summer coming to an end, having harder subjects and growing one step closer towards graduation and dealing with adult problems.

There are also students going into their first school year without their parents living in the same house anymore. When the back to school anxiety combines with the stress of their parents’ separation, it can be difficult for them to focus in class. As a Kentucky parent, it is important to take these necessary steps to help your child transition into this difficult period.

Parents arrested after police say drugs found in home

Two Radcliff parents were arrested after police executed a search warrant at their home. According to a news report, police said they found multiple types of drugs and paraphernalia in the master bedroom after the couple had allegedly attempted to hide the evidence. Those drugs included heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines. There is no mention of whether police received a tip of drug activity, or if another situation took place which led to a search warrant being issued.

In addition, police discovered that the couple's 15-year-old son was also consuming the controlled substances, and that the couple were aware of it. The exact substance that the teen consumed has not been publicly identified.

Explosion causes injuries at a Lexington estate sale

According to an article published by The Post Courier, three individuals simply attending a Lexington estate sale were injured when an explosive device went off. The estate belonged to a deceased explosives hobbyist. A man who was browsing through the items lit what he thought was a cigarette lighter but turned out to be an explosive device. The blast did not cause structural damage to the home.

One of the injured men was said to have serious injuries to both his upper body and his hand. Another man sustained a cut to his leg, and "concussion-like injures" were said of the injured woman by a spokesperson for the Lexington Police Department. All three of the injured had to be taken to hospitals for treatment. Officials did find other explosive devices on the property and detonated them safely. Two homes nearby were first evacuated as a precaution.

Talk to kids about these 3 mistakes before they go to college

If your child is heading off to college this fall, chances are they have a lot on their minds, from which classes they will take to how they plan to balance work, school and a social life. 

As a parent, you may have different issues to worry about. For instance, will your child be safe? Will they make good decisions? What happens if they make a mistake? For your peace of mind and to protect your child, it can be wise to start talking to them today about avoiding three common mistakes that college students make.

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