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How the family law process helps parents with child custody

Child custody decisions are one of the most important types of decisions the family law system makes. The process of making child custody determinations is guided by what is in the best interests of the child and it is important for divorcing parents and parents concerned about child custody to understand that the family law system provides a variety of resources to help them through their child custody process and concerns.

Whenever child custody decisions can be made with as little acrimony as possible, it is best for the children and the family overall. Family law resources work to help facilitate that outcome. Child custody decisions are made based on what is in the best interests of the child. The court takes a look at the child's relationship to their school a community; the wishes of the child; and if there is any child abuse or neglect involved when evaluating factors that influence child custody determinations.

The importance of preparing a defense to a DUI charge

Getting a Kentucky DUI can be a frightening experience that can result in serious penalties and consequences for the accused individual. As a result, it is essential for individuals accused of DUI to be familiar with the different options they can use to defend against drunk driving charges.

Drunk driving defenses help accused individuals take on the accusations, allegations and charges they are facing. There are different criminal defense options for accused individuals to consider but it is also important to keep in mind that accused individuals always have criminal defense rights that protect them from unlawful traffic stops, unlawful searches and seizures and afford them other important rights and protections as well.

Teen driver-involved crashes spike during “100 Deadliest Days”

Each year when school lets out for the summer, you can expect to see an influx of teenage drivers on Kentucky’s roadways. You can also plan on seeing a notable increase in the number of teen driver-involved crashes taking place across the state. Teenagers typically lack the driving experience that older drivers have, which can make them more prone to causing car wrecks. Many teenagers also take unnecessary risks while driving, making them even more of a potential danger to others.

Per AAA, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has become such a dangerous time to be on the road that it has become known as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.” Just how dangerous is it to share the road with teenage drivers during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days, and is there anything you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones?

How wrongful death actions can help

This blog recently discussed what happens if a teenager is killed in a car accident. It is helpful to take a closer look at wrongful death legal protections that apply when a loved one has been killed in an accident.

Wrongful death actions can provide for surviving families members of loved ones who are wrongfully, and usually unexpectedly, killed in an accident because of the negligence of another person. These legal protections can ensure that the family receives the help they need with the financial and emotional damages they have suffered. While compensation can certainly never replace the loss of a loved one, it can help the family with the unexpected financial and emotional strain associated with the abrupt loss of a loved one.

Navigating the divorce process

The divorce process may initially seem daunting but as long as divorcing spouses understand it, and what to expect, it should be able to help them navigate their divorce once they have made the challenging decision to divorce. The divorce process begins when one of the spouses files a petition for divorce or a complaint.

Once the petition for divorce has been filed, the filing spouse must serve the complaint on the other spouse. It is important to be aware that there are typically residency requirements associated with filing for divorce that the divorcing spouses, and the spouse filing for divorce, should be familiar with. Once the other spouse has been served with the divorce petition, they will have a certain period of time to provide an answer to the petition or to respond.

Help with soft tissue injuries following a car accident

Unfortunately, a wide range of injuries may be suffered in a car accident, including soft tissue injuries that can worsen over time. As a result, it is essential for car accident victims to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of soft tissue injuries and to understand the personal injury resources available to help victims through a difficult time.

Injuries to the soft areas of the body, including ligaments, tendons and muscles, are referred to as soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries can include sprains, contusions and strains. They can cause the victim to suffer soreness, swelling, bruising and stiffness. These types of injuries result from violent collisions when the victim's body suffers a jolt, such as in a car accident. Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of injuries suffered in a car accident.

What to do if your teenager is in a car accident

Unfortunately, teenagers face a greater risk of being in a car accident than adults. They do not have as much experience behind the wheel, and sometimes, this leads to tragedy. Two teenage boys in Kentucky recently lost their lives after the driver lost control of the vehicle. 

Sooner or later, parents need to let their teens drive on their own. You will not always be there, which makes it even scarier when you get a phone call from your child saying an accident just occurred. A lot will race through your mind when you hear your teen was just in a car crash, but it is vital to follow these steps. 

What is spousal support and how is it determined?

Spousal support is usually a big concern during divorce because one spouse may feel they need the support and the other spouse may be reluctant to pay any support. Those concerns make understanding how spousal support is determined during the divorce process important for divorcing couples to understand.

Spousal support can be requested by either of the spouses and may also be opposed by the other spouse. Spousal support is intended to offset any unfair economic disadvantage brought about by the divorce. The family law court will consider a variety of factors when determining whether or not to award spousal support.

Criminal defense rights and protections for accused individuals

Drunk driving charges can result in a litany of potential penalties and consequences including criminal penalties and administrative consequences. That is because DUI charges in Kentucky are handled in two different ways including a criminal process an administrative process.

In addition to a potential criminal record, and the impact drunk driving charges can have on a driving record and the accuse individual's driving privileges, drunk driving charges are handled so that accused individuals may face serious legal penalties and other consequences as well which can include driver's license suspension. Criminal penalties can include jail time, the payment of a fine, alcohol counseling requirements and community service hours.

  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association 1871 Lex Ordo Justicia
  • United States District Court Western District Of Kentucky
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