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What to look out for when divorcing an addicted spouse

Marriage can be difficult given the everyday demands of two busy people (i.e. work, children, business maintenance, elder care), but when drug or alcohol addiction complicates the relationship, it is incredibly difficult to keep a marriage together.

Indeed, some make it through the gauntlet of addiction together. But for those who decide that life may be better apart from an addicted spouse, the process of divorce may be more difficult than initially believed.

NOW THAT THE EAGLES WON THE SUPERBOWL, YOU HAVE ONE LESS THING TO WORRY ABOUT. GET YOUR OUTSTANDING MEDICAL BILLS PAID FROM YOUR WORK INJURY OR ACCIDENT.

Now that the Eagles have won a Super Bowl, it is time to make sure other important items in our lives are properly in order. If you have unpaid medical bills from a work accident, it is important that you immediately consult an attorney to discuss your rights.

Heads up displays may not be all they are cracked up to be

If you are in the market for a new car, chances are that you have been shown a new model that has a “heads up” display as one of its features. This new technology, which has been seen on a number of luxury vehicles for the last year, is essentially a display of certain information points from a car’s instrument panel where a driver may see them in their line of sight; basically floating out before the road ahead.

The thought behind heads up displays is that if a driver doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road, they are less likely to be in an accident caused by distracted driving. After all, between using cell phones, changing radio stations and monitoring speed are primary culprits in distracted driving accidents, and the less distractions at a given time, the less of a risk of being in a crash. 

Five principles for putting children first in divorce

All month we have been discussing on this blog the benefits of keeping children at the forefront in divorce. Of course, amid the turbulence, emotion and stress of divorce, this is easier said than done.

Putting kids first can be hard. Your soon-to-be ex may be making life unnecessarily difficult. You likely have entirely reasonable worries and fears about what will happen regarding your living situation and finances. However, with help and the right mindset, you can get you and your kids through divorce emotionally intact -- even if the other party to the divorce is not living up to their end of the bargain.

How grandparents can protect visitation rights

The old adage "it takes a village to raise a child" was not born in a vacuum. Grandparents, just like aunts, uncles and godparents, can play a vital role in a child's life. However, some grandparents may not be able to spend as much time as they like with their grandchildren.

The reasons can vary, but they often involve an emotionally charged dispute. A grandchild could be chronically "unavailable" because the parent is not receiving financial help.  Also, a parent could be petty and vindictive over a grandparent's disapproval of other life choices.

Tips on how to slip

More than an embarrassment or inconvenience, falling in winter can lead to serious harm, particularly for people aged 65 and above. Falls are the leading cause of injury for senior citizens, and over 30,000 are killed every year in falls. The most common types of serious injuries are traumatic brain injuries and fractures (particularly hip fractures).

Of course, falls can injure anyone, regardless of age. Falls account for one-third of all emergency room visits, according the the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

With that in mind, here are a couple of reminders on how to avoid falls, and what to do if you do find yourself falling.

Icy conditions can lead to slip and falls

We're in the midst of a brutal winter, one that has brought a lot of snow and an unending barrage of freezing temperatures. This has led to some very slick conditions all across the Northeast, and especially in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Homeowners are dealing with icy driveways, snowy walkways, and icy runoff that can create even more issues for their premises.

It is during the winter when premises liability cases, and particularly slip and fall cases, become noticeable and prominent. These cases are often overlooked though, and some people may think that they don't have a case against a building owner or property manager after they have slipped, fallen, and suffered an injury.

More than 10,000 people died in 2016 in alcohol-related crashes

As long as vehicles and alcohol have been around, the issue of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol has been "a thing." As the years have passed, cars have become more powerful, but also safer. Alcohol has become more widely available, and is enjoyed by many people all across the country. But the cross section of these two activities remains a problem.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die every day in a drunk driving-related accident. Even though drunk driving deaths have steadily fallen in the last few decades, there are still far too many people that lose their lives as a result of a driver's negligent decision to consume alcohol and operate a vehicle. In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-related accidents.

Digital spying becoming common in divorce

Due to the affordability and ubiquity of GPS tracking devices and spyware, checking in on a spouse's whereabouts and activities is alarmingly frequent in divorce. This can involve things like checking email and monitoring social media posts, of course, but there is much more to it than that.

How can I properly utilize my child support payments?

The question posed in our title may seem like a silly one, but the fact of the matter is that many parents that receive child support incorrectly think that there are only certain ways that they can use child support. To the contrary, child support is actually a very flexible form of compensation that has a lot of utility. Let's examine how this critical part of so many divorces -- and post-divorce lives -- can be used.

To begin, child support covers some of the obvious financial costs that come with rearing a child. So, this means child support can be used to buy your son or daughter clothes that they need. It can also be used to pay for rent so that your child has a home to stay in, as well as help cover grocery bills so that your child has food to eat.

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