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Catastrophic injuries after a crash require immediate action

Car crashes can lead to catastrophic injuries that dramatically alter the course of a person's life. When you are in this type of wreck, you might feel hopeless. Pulling yourself out of this type of situation can be difficult, but you do have options that can help you.

One of the most important things for you to do is have a medical evaluation so that you can find out what, if any, injuries you need to be concerned about. Your doctor can give you a treatment plan that can help you during the healing process.

Points to consider during a divorce

A divorce is a big step for any adult. When you decide that your marriage is officially over, and you are ready to legally end it, you will need to file the petition. Remember that this isn't the end of it. You have some work to do, more than likely with your ex. Before the court will grant the divorce, you have to figure out how to divide property and make plans for the children. These can be rather complex matters.

Things might be easy if you and your ex can work together with a mediator because you can come to the terms through negotiations. This often makes the process faster. Just remember that if you do try this, you have the option of turning to a trial if it doesn't work out.

Signs a child has been sexually abused

Parents assume that they will always know when something is wrong with their children; however, you might not. When a child is sexually abused, it can be difficult for the parents to know. Learning some of the signs that are common in these cases can be beneficial.

Some children who are sexually abused will often have some behavioral issues that signal something is amiss. These can include wetting the bed after they've been potty trained, trying to remain dressed during bathing, showing sexual behaviors that aren't age-appropriate, and not wanting to be left alone with a certain person. In some cases, they might only want to remain within arm's reach of their primary caregiver.

Divorce elements should be individually considered

Once you decide that your marriage is over, you will have to work through the legal points necessary to end it. Your circumstances will determine what needs to be done, so be sure that you look at things as they apply to you. Remember that what happened with a friend isn't necessarily going to be the case for your situation. We are here to help guide you through the divorce process.

At the most basic level, you and your ex will have to determine how the property division is going to be handled. Even if you don't have much in the way of assets, the ones you do have will need to be split up. This can include things as seemingly minor as the kitchen appliances and living room furniture, as well as things as large as the marital home and the vehicles. Everything that you acquired during the marriage must be given a home now.

Teen drivers can cause fatal car wrecks

With school out for the summer, teens are going to be driving around more than most other times of the year. Unfortunately, this can be hazardous to other drivers because teens aren't the safest drivers. Part of the reason they are unsafe is that they are inexperienced. They don't have the skills needed to react to certain situations, which makes them dangerous.

The number of teens that are killed daily in car wrecks is more than the number of teens killed by suicide, homicide and cancer altogether. Almost two-thirds of the people killed by teen drivers aren't the teen drivers themselves. Teens are three times more likely than others to be involved in a fatal crash.

Divorcing state senator reveals relationship with former aide

The divorce of a Connecticut state senator has garnered increased media attention in recent weeks as she went public with her relationship with a former staffer. State Sen. Alex Bergstein is in the midst of a divorce from her husband Seth, who is a Morgan Stanley executive.

Sen. Bergstein, who represents Greenwich, announced the relationship on Facebook last month. She said that it was not the reason she filed for divorce last December. According to Bergstein, "Long after my marriage had ended emotionally and physically, I made the decision to end it legally. Once I was free and empowered, I was able to see other paths to happiness."

Do you have a co-parenting family emergency plan?

Connecticut parents never know when the unexpected will happen and they'll need to get to their children immediately -- whether it's a blizzard, a tornado or a school shooting. Sadly, none of these things is outside the realm of possibility.

It's always wise to have a family emergency plan in place to help ensure that everyone can find each other and get to safety. However, when parents divorce, the old emergency plan you once had in place may no longer work.

Are there different types of distracted driving?

If you see any safety ads trying to stop distracted driving, they probably focus on texting and driving. That's because it's one of the most common and most dangerous types of distraction.

Of course, the reality is that there are nearly endless distractions on the road. Passengers in the car can be a distraction. So can changing the radio station. So can reading a billboard. So can simply letting your mind wander and thinking about anything: disagreements with friends, stress at work, fun plans for the weekend, etc.

What do you think about while riding your motorcycle?

If you have a motorcycle, you probably enjoy getting out on the road and opening up your throttle. And if you’ve been riding for some time, you likely trust your ability to handle your bike safely in a variety of situations.

You might be excited to think about the recently-introduced lane splitting bill. If passed into law, Senate Bill 629 would make Connecticut the second state in the country to allow operating your motorcycle between lanes of traffic. But regardless of whether the bill passes, you might consider if doing so would be safe.

The effect of a criminal record on your child custody case

If you're a divorcing parent with a criminal record, you may assume that this record will prevent you from being granted any child custody rights -- particularly if your spouse doesn't want to share custody. Judges who are called on to decide custody cases focus on what's in the child's best interests. Your criminal history may or may not impact your ability to parent your children in a safe, healthy, positive way.

If your convictions are related to drugs and/or alcohol, such as possession charges or DUIs, a judge will look at whether you have a substance abuse issue and whether the kids are safe when they're with you. They might be concerned about what kind of people you're spending time with and whether the kids are exposed to dangerous substances when they're around you.

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