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Retirement accounts have special considerations in divorce

Divorces that involve certain types of investments will require a qualified domestic relations order, which is commonly referred to as a QDRO. If you or your spouse has a pension or other retirement account, you should know a little bit about these orders.

The purpose of a QDRO is to transfer money in a retirement account from the holding party to a former spouse or child. This is a court order that must be handled in a very specific manner. The order must be approved by the plan's administrator to be valid.

Neighborhoods in danger from high speed police chases

On television, chase scenes are often the most exhilarating parts of cop shows. The dynamic camera angles focus on how intense the officer and the driver are as the former tries to escape while the latter devises a strategy to catch them. Once the chase is over and one side wins, they simply cut to the next part of the plot.

What these shows fail to show is the amount of destruction these chases can potentially cause. While most chase scenes often take place in large cities with stunt drivers to avoid too much destruction, a lot of police chases in Indiana occur within neighborhoods. Many drivers escaping the cops do not want traffic holding them back and want open roads to make it more unpredictable. Unfortunately, this still puts plenty of residents at risk, which can is evidenced by a recent incident in Hammond.

Knowing your options ahead of time in custody is often beneficial

Coming up with a parenting plan for your children isn't always easy. In fact, many parents find that this is more challenging than any other area of the divorce. When you are going through this, you need to ensure that you are focusing on the children. It is easy to think about how the decisions will affect you, but they might cloud the decisions since they all need to be based on what's best for the kids.

It might help you to think about the options that you have to resolve a situation before you meet with your ex. This gives you a chance to think about how you feel about each option. You might find that you can give in to your ex's wishes on some of the decisions. By figuring this out ahead of time, you might be able to use those in your negotiations.

Plea conditions can come with 3 areas of negotiations

The majority of criminal justice cases are handled through plea deals instead of jury trials. This benefits the defendant, as well as the court system. One way that this happens is that the defendant can get the matter over with faster, and the court doesn't have to put the case on the trial docket. That can free up some time in a clogged system.

Plea deals aren't for everyone. In fact, the only people who should even consider a plea deal are those who admit that they did the crime of which they are being accused. This means that if you absolutely assert your innocence, you shouldn't entertain one at all.

Keep your distance from salt trucks in the winter

The winter can be a cruel season for driving, but some motorists are out there cleaning Mother Nature’s cold mess. Some drivers are clearing the streets of excessive snow while others are trying to make the slippery roads easier to drive on. These two jobs work hand-in-hand to ensure that workers and residents in Indiana can have a better chance of getting to their destinations.

Salt truck drivers are especially important towards making sure that roads do not become ice rinks. There is a good chance you may find yourself driving behind one on your commute to work or your route back home. The most important tip no matter where you are at in relation to the large vehicle is to keep your distance from it. If you do not, you could suffer the following consequences:

Property division is often contentious in divorces without kids

The decisions you make at the end of your marriage can significantly impact your future. If you don't have children with your ex, you won't have to worry about child custody but that doesn't mean you will have an easy time. Instead, you might find that the decisions you have to make are hard. We work with you to review the possible choices you have at each step.

One contentious area that you will have to work through is property division. You and your ex might be after the same assets, which can lead to problems with the negotiation process. We are here to help you find ways to move forward, so you can end the marriage as quickly as possible. There are still waiting periods, but you certainly don't want property division to be the reason your divorce takes a long time.

Signs of a concussion might not show up right away

The violent impact of a car wreck can mean that your body has damage that you might not expect. These injuries might not show up at the scene of the accident. In fact, some like a concussion might take days or even weeks to become recognizable. You must watch for signs of this type of injury.

Many people associate a concussion with loss of consciousness; however, most people who suffer one never have that happen. It is possible to have a concussion without even realizing it. Some people do have symptoms that they can relay to their doctor that might result in a concussion diagnosis.

Make your estate plan show your wishes clearly

Creating your estate plan isn't always easy, especially when you have a big family. You probably want to make sure that you are taking care of everyone. Sometimes, people worry that they are doing things fairly. What many people don't realize is that fair might not always mean equal. We know that you might have some concerns about what you are going through with the creation of the plan. We can help you learn about your options so that you can set your plan, so it ensures your wishes are followed.

When you are thinking about how to get the assets to your loved ones, you need to think about what will help them and how you can make things work. This means that what you set up for one might not work for another one.

What types of careers lead to higher divorce rates?

The earlier months of the year tend to be the most popular times for couples to split up. Many consider January and February as the worst months of the year, and spouses use the holidays before and during this period to reexamine their relationships. It also isn’t fun for employees to get back to work during the coldest, dreariest and most exhausting times of the year in Indiana.

Unfortunately, that early year blues for both the home life and work life might have more connections than people realize. One of the more common reasons for a couple’s separation is because of the career choices made by one or both spouses. Several websites often rank which jobs have the highest divorce rates, leading many to speculate which industries have more husbands and wives that end up separating. However, the most important aspect to take away from these studies is not which job is the definitively worst one for marriages, but what the most recurring causes were.

Adopt a positive mindset for divorce and child custody

Divorce is a time for change. If you have recently gone through a divorce or are just embarking on the process, you might find yourself falling into a slump. This isn't something that you might be prepared for, but it is the perfect opportunity to change your mindset about the future so that you can focus on building the best life possible for you and your children.

Sometimes, people think that divorce is a negative experience and dwell on the things they can't change. When you begin to consider divorce as a good thing in your life, you will see that possibilities begin to open up. This doesn't mean that it is going to be easy all the time. You will face some challenges, but having the right attitude here can make a big difference in how you fare.

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