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Think carefully about the marital home in divorce

The property division process is very complicated, especially in high-asset divorces. Your marital home, as well as other real estate holdings, are some of the highest value assets that you might have to divide.

There are some very specific points that you need to think about when you are trying to decide what to do with the marital home and even secondary homes. The choices you make now can have a significant effect on your future since all of these decisions will impact your financial health.

Man on moped struck from behind dies

All drivers who don't pay attention to the flow of traffic around them can kill other people on the road. Without watching the vehicles in front of their own car, they won't know if someone stops or slows down.

On Sept. 7, a 61-year-old man on a moped was struck from behind by a 22-year-old woman driving a Neon. The woman apparently didn't see the man had stopped so that he could turn onto another road. He was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville.

Bankruptcy isn't anything to be ashamed of

Filing for bankruptcy isn't anything that you should be ashamed of. Instead, this is a way that you can improve your finances and take control of them again. There are many reasons why people need to file for bankruptcy; however, most of these don't have anything to do with using credit irresponsibly.

We aren't here to judge why you are in need of financial relief. Instead, we are here to help you learn about the options you have and to take action on your behalf to get the process started.

Can I use the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act?

When a military service member chooses to divorce his or her spouse, a number of considerations must be addressed for the spouse. A number of benefits enjoyed by military spouses may still be available to them, depending on a number of factors. These protections and more are contained within the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act.

In very broad strokes, the longer that two individuals remain married, the greater number of benefits a military member's former spouse may enjoy. For instance, if the couple was married for at least 10 years while the member performed at least 10 years of service, a former spouse may still have a legitimate claim to a portion of the service member's retirement pay. This is known as the "10/10" rule.

Teens must pay close attention when they are driving

One of the hallmarks of being a teenager is getting to ride with friends when you have friends who are able to get a driver's license. Many teens think of this as a right of passage, but they might not realize that remaining safe is imperative when they are riding with friends.

A recent news story about the death of a 17-year-old boy in Kearney might serve as a good reminder for parents and teens in the area. The fatal accident occurred when a group of teens was traveling on 92-Highway. One of the front tires of the vehicle came off, which caused the car to careen into a mailbox and travel down an embankment.

Plan carefully for your estate if you are in the military

Your estate plan is important no matter what your circumstances. It is imperative for you to make the plan and review it periodically to ensure that it is still valid.

There are some situations that demand extra attention. One of these is if you are in the military. There are a few different things that you should think about if you are serving our country.

How mediation can help your uncontested divorce

You know your marriage can't be saved. You and your spouse have grown apart or there has been a catastrophic breach of trust. Still, that doesn't mean either of you wants a drawn-out battle in the courts. You want to ensure the divorce is fair for everyone involved, including your children, and you want to make the process as painless as possible.

You and your spouse could be ideal candidates for an uncontested divorce, wherein you agree to specific terms and the courts do not make any critical decisions, such as how assets get divided or how you set up your parenting plan.

Uncontested divorces can end your marriage sooner and save money

An uncontested divorce is usually the fastest way to end a marriage. In this type of divorce, you and your ex have to decide on all aspects of the divorce. This is something that can streamline the process so that you can save time and money.

The uncontested divorce starts with you and your ex agreeing on why the marriage is ending. If you can't agree on this point, you won't have an uncontested divorce. But, there are other points to think about if you want to end your marriage in this manner.

Know what requirements exist for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy

When you need to file for bankruptcy, one of the primary things that you have to determine is what type of bankruptcy you will file. Typically, individuals and married couples can file either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. There are some major difference between the two.

If you are considering a Chapter 7 filing, here are some points that you need to know about this type of bankruptcy:

Know your rights if you are going through a military divorce

Serving your country in the military is an admirable thing to do. Unfortunately, this decision isn't always one that is easy on the family. Your spouse might get tired of the military life and decide that it is time to end the marriage. If you are a service member going through this situation, you need to make sure that you know your rights.

One of the first things that you should do is pay attention to where you file. You have the option of filing where you are stationed if you meet the residency requirements. You might also be able to file where you have your permanent address. Pay attention to the specifics that apply to your case because the terms of the divorce might vary greatly based on which jurisdiction you file in.

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