Divorce Affects Everyone Involved

Divorce is one of those things that people usually make every effort to avoid. It’s ugly, it’s the end of something you thought or hoped would last forever, and it’s an unpleasant process that brings more friction and disagreement to an already negative situation. The thing about divorce is that it’s not as simple as severing ties between you and a partner, but it’s also the division of property, income, and legal responsibility of children. Divorce cases almost unequivocally need the consultation and counsel of an experienced attorney.

Attorneys handle the more intricate parts of a divorce that the average person will overlook or completely mishandle. A solid list of the things that attorneys will take care of can be seen here. The issues that an attorney will tackle ranges widely and includes, but is not limited to:

  • Divorce
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Alimony
  • Child Support
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Property Division
  • Paternity Tests
  • Domestic Violence and Restraining Orders
  • Separation Agreements
  • Adoption
  • Move-Away Custody Cases
  • Domestic Partnerships

Seeing as all of these specific areas of divorce and separation can be overwhelming, it’s important to contact an attorney who can diffuse tension, and approach the case with a more objective third-party perspective. When dealing with situations as sensitive as divorce, it’s essential to remove as much animosity as possible so that things go smoothly and the case is dealt with promptly. 

More importantly, California makes divorce more manageable, by removing “fault” from the equation. There does not have to be a winner or loser when dealing with divorce, so why let it get to that point? In cases where divorces are contested, an attorney can help resolve the differences and make sure that everything is divided up accurately and as close to everyone’s liking as possible.

An attorney can be instrumental in cases where a couple looking to divorce is in full agreement. Summary dissolutions are completed when couples meet specific criteria that allow them to move on quickly with their divorce. These criteria usually include that there be minimal shared assets and contested items in the divorce. For example, no children, no assets over a specific value point, no debts beyond a certain amount, and full agreement on behalf of both spouses that they do not want spousal support. An attorney can properly evaluate whether or not a couple filing for divorce meets these criteria, to streamline the process and allow both parties to walk away from the marriage with a clean slate.

Although divorce can be tough and grueling in many cases, it doesn’t have to be. Hiring legal counsel can make the process easier, remove negative emotions from the process, and allow you and your ex-partner to carry on with your lives and hopefully improve for the better. The process may have a negative connotation attached to it, but there is no reason your experience with a certified divorce attorney should be a negative one. 

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A Lack of Consensus is the Problem

The recent New York City truck attack has left a lot of questions to be answered for the city, for the country, and for everyone. There have been countless articles written trying to dissect how it happened, why it happened, and especially how it can be prevented.

Unfortunately, there are very few good answers to any of these questions. How it happened can be understood well enough. CNN has highlighted the major events quite well. Go ahead and click on the link to understand that.

That is, tragically, the easiest part of this situation. Why is harder to understand. There are many reasons that have been speculated about not just for this attack but for previous ones. These answers tend to have a political tinge to them just like the solutions that will be discussed below. Whether it is a matter of an evil ideology, poor immigration laws, or a lack of proper mental health assistance, particularly for immigrant communities, no answer is entirely satisfying, and none feels entirely complete, perhaps because of the blinders, political beliefs put on all those speculating.

Without a great answer, there are, of course, few satisfying solutions. Immigration bans have been raised once again, which is not surprising considering the current administration. Though it is less relevant to this particular case (more on that below), gun laws have also been addressed by those on the other side of the aisle, as have issues of mental health. A desire for greater supervision over some immigrant communities as well as a desire for more integration has been suggested, depending on the political allegiances of the expert.

Again, while all of these may have some potential positive effects, none feels holistic in its approach to the problem.

That may be because the problem is larger than the two dominant political ideologies of America are capable of addressing. The issue encompasses issues of mass violence that goes beyond the problems of Islamism. Recent mass shootings highlight other issues that seem to be related if not directly comparable. Problems with using vehicles as weapons ties into problems in Europe as well as issues of the massive number of large vehicles on the road and the number of irresponsible drivers in general.

The problem, then, as well as the solution may be a matter of a lack of any unity between beliefs, communities, and political ideologies in the country anymore. With such vastly different living experiences, beliefs, and even concepts of the truth, there’s little room for a consensus to grow on any issue. With cracks showing up over every issue in the country, it is hardly surprising to find something growing in the shadows.

The primary issue to address, then, is the lack of national consensus. Should America find a way to bridge that gap, perhaps moderate policies that address all sides of this issue can come through and make America a safer, more unified place to live.

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The Dangers of Truck Driving

Driving a large semi-truck is much different than driving a sedan, and it requires a lot more specialized training so that potentially deadly accidents and loss of commercial property are kept to a minimum. However, truck drivers often work long hours, and they experience sleep deprivation on the road in much higher proportion of normal drivers. Because of this, it seems proper that state and local governments would try their best to encourage drivers to pull off the road so that they can rest before their driving ability becomes impaired, but North Carolina made this more difficult in 2016 by cracking down on drivers pulling off the road to rest on exit ramps.

According to this article from Fleet Owner, the decision to issue more tickets to truck drivers who pull off the road to sleep was politically motivated. The increase in ticketing resulted in over 400 new tickets issued to truckers for parking illegally. Allegedly, a political donor who owns a hotel and winery near the I-77 interstate complained that the trucks were unsightly, so the state government decided to inflict harsher punishments on truckers parking on exit ramps. In order to justify this, they used traffic data from the DOT that suggested parking on the on-ramps is dangerous and causes fatal accidents, but the article counters that accidents involving semi-trucks accounted for only 1% of the total accidents in North Carolina from 2010-2014. Out of these accidents, the article claims that the accidents that involved a truck that was parked on an exit ramp were primarily caused by drunk drivers of other automobiles. Furthermore, the government based their conclusions on faulty data where deaths were counted four times instead of one, vastly overstating the number of deaths that occur because of a truck parked on the shoulder. Even so, a highway patrol officer said that “even one death is too many,” implying that the practice of ticketing truckers is not going to stop.

It seems fair that truckers should get off the road and stop at rest stops, but sometimes a trucker may not be able to make it in time. North Carolina must make an effort to increase the number of rest stops along the highway so they can accommodate more truck drivers. Considering that the vast number of crashes that occur when a truck driver is parked on a ramp is caused by other drunk drivers, it may be in the best interest of the driver to seek help from a truck accident lawyers like those from Goings Law Firm in South Carolina so that the blame is rightly placed on the drunk driver and not the parked truck.  

Government decisions should never be made to accommodate political donors, and evidence should never be cherry-picked to fit predetermined conclusions. Truck drivers are lucky to find representation in private law firms because they will help them where the government has failed. Maybe this same political donor ought to give money for the purpose of creating new rest stops.

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Estate Planning In Chicago

Most of today’s modern popular media is focused on the young; advertisements, television shows, new box office hit movies, video games, cell phone apps, and even the news. Newspapers are dying out, being replaced by online articles written in a hip young style to attract millennial readers. The only things you hear about being targeted towards the elderly are pharmaceutical ads and life insurance commercials. Unfortunately, many people do not particularly care about the rights of the elderly since they are no longer relevant in popular media, but that does not mean that they should be bullied around by family members or children when it comes to estate planning. This article from CNBC goes over a variety of ways that you can be sure your last will and testament are airtight.

The first point the article addresses is being sure that you have a pre planned funeral that is already paid for. This is definitely important, since if there are no pre planned arrangements, your family may panic in their grief and select an option that may be much too expensive, or even unfavorable to your tastes. In order to make sure your body is treated properly and respected after death, having a funeral arranged can protect you and your family. You can also set up a committee of family members to manage your revocable trust. They can help you determine when you no longer have the mental capabilities to continue donating to the trust, and this can avoid a humiliating court battle for adult guardianship and allow you to keep your dignity, assuming you trust the family members you appoint. The article also states that having multiple probate litigation lawyers work on an estate plan for both you and your spouse can provide extra protection from predatory family members who may wish to subvert your plans. The fourth tip to ensuring you will be protected is to never underestimate how long you might live after retirement. Medical advancements are being made every day, and the population is living longer and longer. Unfortunately, medical treatments are also more and more expensive, so living frugally and making sure you have enough money to last through many more years than you expect you need is a priority. If you do not allocate your retirement funds properly, you may find yourself in a situation where you are transferred to a nursing home against your will.

Our elderly population is large in the United States, and it important to provide these citizens with the respect they deserve, both as citizens and as human beings. Protecting yourself in your old age with the proper legal aids can mean all the difference in a world in an age that always looks forward to the future, without regarding the past. The elderly helped shape this country, and we must make their last years as comfortable as possible, especially if we wish to be given the same treatment when we ourselves reach that point.

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Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry involves dental work that improves the cosmetic aspect of the mouth, such as the color of teeth and gums, their shape, alignment, and how they relate to create a perfect smile. It is important to note, however, that cosmetic dentistry is not just about vanity, because it can also be about oral health, like how properly aligned teeth can promote comfortable chewing techniques and avoid jaw problems.

Teeth Whitening

This is probably the first thing that comes into your mind when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, which is understandable, because people almost always associate the teeth first when it comes to oral health. Teeth can experience staining or discoloration because of bacteria and plaque buildup and constant exposure to harmful products such as coffee and tobacco. With whitening procedures, teeth can revert to their natural color, or if you want to, they can even be a few shades lighter through bleaching.

Dark Gum Treatment

According to Dr. Gary Bram, dark gums may be the result of natural skin coloration or a gum problem. Either way, it doesn’t change the fact that dark gums can be quite unappealing. There are known solutions now to treat dark gums, such as laser treatments. However, it is important to get a dentist that has received an advanced certification in laser dentistry.

Implants and Dentures

Missing teeth can kill your smile, especially if they are on the front side. But getting implants and dentures is not just about cosmetics and gaining back the smile you have lost. This is because the gaps that form in your mouth when you lose teeth can become a problem in the long run, like how they can result into bone density loss and jaw shrinkage. Not only do implants and dentures make you look more complete, they also prevent such problems from occurring.

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