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Swerving to avoid accidents often lands you in another one

When cars come into uncomfortably close proximity of something, panic ensues. The driver may try to stomp their foot on the brake, speed up or try to veer their vehicle away from the incoming object. They feel they often have to react within a split second and try to get their cars away from each other with no regard to what else is on the road.

Unfortunately, this quick maneuver is often responsible for more harm than good. No matter what type of setting you find yourself in, pulling a quick swerve with your vehicle can put you into more danger than what you originally were going to crash into. As the air gets colder, the sky grows darker and the streets become more slippery, you should be aware of the risk of swerving your car too hard in a lane.

Co-parenting poses unique challenges for people in the military

Working out the child custody agreement is often one of the most difficult, emotionally fraught aspects of divorce. However, when one or both of the parents are in the military, it can be particularly challenging. Military parents may be moved to a base halfway across the country, or they may be deployed overseas for long periods.

Before tackling the custody agreement, it's essential to know what your child's "home state" is. According to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), it's usually wherever the child has been living during the prior six months.

Why co-parents need to establish consistent household rules

Raising children in two households is one of the biggest challenges faced by parents after separation or divorce. Parents who are used to letting their spouse be the disciplinarian have to step up and be the "bad guy" occasionally when their kids are with them. Another challenge is that you and your co-parent likely don't have the same parenting styles.

However, while you won't have exactly the same rules for each of your households, it's important to provide your kids with some level of consistency and predictability so they know their parents have basically the same expectations of them (doing their homework, keeping their room tidy and not swearing, for example) regardless of which home they're in.

Parson: Should truckers lose licenses over unpaid child support?

Missouri, like other states, has a number of methods for getting child support from parents who are not making their payments as ordered by the court. One of these is taking people's occupational licenses. Here in Missouri, a person who hasn't made child support payments for at least three months can lose their commercial driver's license (CDL) or other professional license.

However, with the serious shortage of commercial truck drivers, the industry can't afford to lose even more drivers because their licenses were taken for failing to pay child support. Last year, over 7,000 Missourians lost their CDL due to failure to make child support payments.

Seeking a guardianship for an elderly person in Missouri

No one wants to consider the possibility that an elderly parent or other family member may need to have a legal guardian because they're no longer able to handle their finances or take care of themselves. However, as people live longer, elderly guardianships and conservatorships are becoming increasingly common.

If you have a family member who can no longer manage their financial responsibilities, such as remembering to pay their bills or handle the basic daily activities involved in taking care of themselves, it may be necessary to ask the court to appoint a guardian for them.

The school year begins with several bus crashes

With the summer gone, the 100 deadliest driving days of the year are over. However, Missouri drivers should not rest easy yet. The beginning of the school year brings a whole new slew of hazards that many motorists must adjust to.

Besides the increase in traffic, school buses are now back in business. They are slower and more awkward for motorists to get around especially in areas where the bus needs to stop to pick up or drop off children. Though parents usually feel comfortable having their kid take the bus to school as it is a more convenient and safer option, some are becoming more hesitant thanks to the amount of serious bus accidents that have occurred in Missouri within only a few weeks of classes.

Estate planning for new parents

Many people don't think about an estate plan until they have their first child. If you already have a plan in place, having a child is a life event that warrants changes to it.

Whether you're starting from scratch or adding to an existing plan, following are some matters you'll need to address:

Man who aided victims of Missouri duck boat tragedy sues owners

Not all workplace injuries can be seen with the naked eye or show up on X-rays or MRIs. Some are psychological. Those are often much harder to prove than physical injuries are. However, they can impact people for the rest of their lives.

When we think of workplace trauma, we often picture first responders who often deal with serious injury and death, sometimes on a massive scale. However, sometimes people whose jobs normally wouldn't expose them to such things find themselves in the middle of a tragic situation.

There are still challenges to adopting a child as a single woman

You're a single, well-educated, successful and independent woman. You've given up looking for Mr. Right, or maybe Mr. Right wasn't so right, and you've moved on. Perhaps you're not particularly interested in a life partner. However, the one thing you know is that you could give a child a happy, loving, comfortable home.

Single women who choose to adopt children rather than use anonymous (or perhaps not-so-anonymous) sperm donors, however, are often surprised to find that attitudes about adoption by single women aren't as evolved as they thought. Even family and friends may believe that it's selfish for a single woman to adopt a child because she wants to be a mother. Some adoption agencies — as well as birth mothers — who are giving their babies up for adoption may harbor those beliefs as well.

Spotting the subtle signs of elder abuse by a caregiver

The stress that caregivers experience has been well-documented. Often, people are placed in a position where they're caring for elderly parents while also raising their own children. Sometimes, an elderly person has to take care of an ill or disabled spouse. It can be overwhelming. Caregivers often feel like they have no lives of their own.

If people have the resources, they can hire a professional caregiver to help out with an elderly, ill and/or disabled family member. However, that doesn't guarantee that a person won't be abused.

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