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Stepparent adoptions are beautiful and complex

Adopting a child is a beautiful experience for a family. There are many types of adoptions, so people who are considering this should ensure that they are making the correct decision for their family. One type of adoption is a stepparent adoption. This enables a child to have another supporting figure at home when one parent is absent from their life. We know that there are only certain cases in which this is a possibility.

There are some special challenges that come with these adoptions. The primary one is that the absent parent's rights have to be terminated. This can sometimes be challenging to do. There is a chance that they will suddenly decide that they want to be in the child's life when they find out that another adult is willing to become a legal parent to the child. We will let you know what we might be able to do to make this happen.

Car wreck injuries can lead to compensation claims

Car wrecks produce very serious injuries for many of the involved occupants. These can lead to a need for medical care that might be significant and costly. We know that not everyone has the financial means to cover these costs. This can send their finances into a tailspin that is hard to overcome, especially when they are dealing with the impacts of the injuries.

Some people who are in car crashes suffer catastrophic injuries. These include things like head or spinal cord injuries. They might lead to lifelong challenges that make it difficult for the person to function normally again. The severity of these injuries can also mean that the person is unable to work for the foreseeable future. This means that they have an increase in expenses and a decrease in income all at the same time.

Family game nights can provide a welcome break for kids

Some parents focus on taking their children out of the house to do things that will create memories, but the best memories are sometimes made at home. If your child is going through a rough period of adjustment, such as what happens during a divorce, the stimulation of large crowds might make them feel more stressed.

It is often a good idea to have a night of fun without leaving the house. A family game night can help them to relax and also has other valuable benefits.

3 area of plea bargaining that might be possible

Some defendants opt to resolve their case through plea bargains. This means that the defendant will plead either no contest or guilty to a specific charge or set of charges. In exchange for this, the prosecution agrees to meet specific conditions. In order for the deal to work, both sides have to do their part.

These deals have to be presented to the judge presiding over the case. The court has to accept the terms of the deal. In order to do this, the judge must ensure that the defendant understands what is going on. This includes the fact that they are waiving their right to be able to appeal. A plea deal has to be voluntary and must be based on facts.

Prepare for your divorce if you know it is coming soon

The end of a marriage can come about for a variety of reasons. In most cases, you have an idea of what's coming before any paperwork is filed. This gives you time to prepare for the process. There are several ways that you can do this. You should remember that you have to protect your own interests. Your ex isn't going to do this for you. With this in mind, you should be as prepared as possible. We can help you determine what you need for your specific case.

There are some general guidelines to remember if you are facing the end of your marriage. For example, you need to gather copies of all financial documents and asset records. These can come in handy when you are going through the property division process. It also gives you an account of what is going to be subject to division and what you might be able to walk away with.

Family of five killed on interstate by car heading the wrong way

Earlier this month, a Kentucky family of five was killed on Interstate 75. According to recent news reports, the accident was caused by a drunk driver who was heading south in the northbound lane. The driver’s car struck the family and the two cars started on fire, killing all six people.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), around 350 wrong way accidents occur each year in the United States. Of those accidents, around 360 deaths occur. Tragically, the National Transportation Safety Board reports the fatality rate for wrong-way driving accidents is between 15-25 percent higher than other accidents and considered to be “the most dangerous” type of car accident.

Drunk driver kills family of five on I-75

In early January, a family of five returning to Michigan from a vacation in Florida was killed by a wrong way driver on I-75 near Lexington. The wrong way driver, who was also killed in the crash, is believed to have been intoxicated. The collision happened around 2:30 AM in the northbound lanes. The SUV the family was riding in burst into flames at the time of impact.

Many people underestimate the consequences of drunk driving in the United States, but drunk driving causes 10,000 fatalities each year. Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only dangerous, it’s also a serious criminal offense.

Semitruck crash causes are important in compensation claims

Semitruck crashes can lead to very devastating injuries for the victims. When they happen, the person who is injured might choose to seek compensation. In order to do this, they have to determine who is at fault for the wreck. This isn't always easy, but going through the evidence might provide clues. From there, they can determine the root cause or causes of the incident.

Safety protocol for these big rigs has to start before the truck is ever put into service for a haul. Proper maintenance must occur. The people who work on these vehicles must ensure that parts are properly installed and able to handle the demands. There are times when crashes might be caused by improper maintenance or defective components.

New Year's Eve in Kentucky: Free ride shares possible

Kentucky is in the midst of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, which will run in full force through Jan. 1, 2019. The increased enforcement is aimed at getting impaired drivers off the road and putting a stop to the drunk driving crashes that are fully preventable. This campaign is said to reduce fatalities caused by drunk driving by up to 20 percent.

In the past five years, there have been 23 drunk driving deaths during New Year's and Christmas. The only way to prevent this from happening, as well as preventing the possibility of a drunk driving criminal case, is making plans to get home if you are going to go out drinking.

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