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Factors involved with divorce proceeding decisions

Couples who are going through a divorce in New Hampshire have a lot of decisions to make, and one of the first ones is how to proceed with the divorce. The ideal situation is when both sides come to a mutual agreement about how to divide things and where each will live, but this is rare. Most couples either choose to go through divorce mediation or fight it out in court, and there are factors to consider before making a decision about which route to take.

Money Crashers discusses the benefits of divorce mediation. Mediation uses a neutral third party to negotiate terms of the agreement, and it typically is less costly and a shorter process than litigation. It also usually improves the couple's ability to communicate and is less stressful.

What factors affect child support modification?

When you get divorced in New Hampshire, the court uses current information about your children's needs and you and your spouse's income to create child support orders. If your economic circumstances change at some point after the initial child support agreement, it may be necessary to request a modification. New Hampshire state law has specific guidelines for requesting a change to child support orders.

According to the New Hampshire Judicial Branch, you may request a change in a child support order as either the paying or receiving party. For example, if you are paying child support and lose your job, you may request to have your payments reduced. If you are the one receiving child support, you may need to request an increase in payments if your child requires long-term medical care. There are numerous other circumstances that may require child support orders to change. The Judicial Branch indicates that child support modification is possible when there is a "substantial change of circumstances."

DWIs on the increase in NH

A 2014 report issued by the CDC showed that 399 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver between 2003 and 2012 in New Hampshire. In spite of this number, the state had a surprisingly low death rate compared to the national average.

In fact, New Hampshire had no death rates related to drink driving for people between the ages of 0 to 34 at that time. Meanwhile, the national average for 0 to 20 and 21 to 34 were 1.3 and 6.7, respectively. Men also fared far worse than women. New Hampshire women had no death rates related to this, compared to a national average of 1.5. In contrast, men stood at 4.1, compared to a national average of 5.2.

America’s most dangerous dogs based on fatal attacks

Under the right — or wrong — conditions, any dog in New Hampshire has the potential to be dangerous. However, some dogs are more commonly associated with incidents of fatalities than others. This may result from people breeding specific types of dog for more aggressive purposes, such as guarding a home or illegal dog fighting. In other instances, some breeds may be associated with more fatalities because of their size and jaw structure, which increases the likelihood of a dog bite becoming fatal.

According to a Forbes article, pit bulls are overwhelmingly associated with deadly incidents. Between 2005 and 2017, pitbulls were involved in 284 fatal attacks. To show how much higher this is compared to other dogs, next in line is the Rottweiler at only 45. Third in line is the German Shepherd with 20 fatal incidents. To put this into even better context, consider that pit bulls only account for 6.5% of the dog population in America. This certainly does not mean that all pitbulls are dangerous, but the likelihood is several times higher for that breed than any other.

Plan for the children’s college education during a divorce

When planning for a New Hampshire divorce that involves children, not enough parents give due thought to how they will pay for college. The younger the children, the less likely this is to come up. However, the sooner parents tackle this problem, the better it is for everyone involved.

Child support typically ends when a child reaches adulthood, which is also when they begin college. Failure to make arrangements could cause the homemaker parent to become the only one financially supporting the child at college.

What makes Miranda warnings so important?

The famous Miranda warning, typically started off with the statement “you have the right to remain silent” is well known in American culture, as it is widely shown in movies, television shows, and also discussed in media stories in New Hampshire and throughout the country. The guiding principle behind Miranda warnings is to make sure that law enforcement does not take advantage of a person’s ignorance of constitutional rights and coerce the person into self-incrimination.

As FindLaw explains, the original 1966 Miranda court ruling concluded that Ernesto Miranda, a man who petitioned the court that his civil rights were violated, was not fully explained his rights before he signed a confession admitting that he was guilty of a violent crime. In the Miranda ruling, the Supreme Court established the principle that without proper knowledge of their rights, individuals cannot voluntarily set aside their right to remain silent and not make incriminating statements.

Personal injury claims against asbestos exposure

Many workers in Massachusetts are only just now getting sick after exposure to asbestos in the past. Some unethical professionals have noted this and attempted to game the system for the benefit of themselves and their clients. Forbes points out that this is at the expense of people who truly are sick from asbestos, while protecting the companies who are actually responsible for this sickness.

Professionals pull this off by withholding valuable information about the many businesses a victim may have worked for. This could then allow the person to sue multiple businesses for the same illness and receive a large settlement from each. Unfortunately, many of the businesses hit with litigation are small warehouses that allegedly had very little to do with asbestos exposure compared to the larger ones.

Quick tips for a more peaceful divorce for exes and children

When people in New Hampshire talk about a peaceful divorce, the focus is mostly on ex-spouses getting along. However, children are also affected by whether or not a divorce involves as little drama as possible. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 1 million children have been affected by over 800,000 divorces in America over the past few years.

Some children and spouses experience trauma not just during the divorce, but before and after. This may be due to the circumstances around why the spouses decided to divorce. Cases of abuse are often the most heartbreaking.

Innocent people are taking guilty pleas

Are innocent people in New Hampshire pleading guilty to crimes they did not commit? A new report cited by Forbes claims that innocent people are pleading guilty all across the country. Why would anyone confess to a crime they did not commit? The problem lies in the way the American justice system is set up.

Everyone is entitled to a fair trial in theory, but in practice, not everyone gets one. Sometimes a case is so strong and public opinion is so against the defendant that pleading not guilty becomes a gamble with one’s life. Defendants can either take a guilty plea for a lighter sentence, or risk the harsh penalties that may come with a conviction after pleading not guilty.

How can I ensure my prenup is enforceable?

Prenuptial agreements aren't just for the ultra-rich. They can also help everyday people protect their assets and enter into a marriage with a clear understanding of shared finances. CNBC explains what goes into a legally binding, enforceable prenup that protects the interests of both spouses. 

All prenups must contain certain elements. Assets owned by either party should be explicitly explained. Separate property is not subject to asset division should a couple get a divorce. Assets that aren't mentioned will be included, so it's best to disclose everything you own while creating the agreement. You should also devise a plan for how shared property will be divided. If you're a business owner, you'll need to lay out rights and responsibilities regarding earnings made by your business during your marriage. You should also keep in mind some commonly included provisions that aren't actually enforceable.

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