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Personal injury matters sometimes require legal action

Many types of legal matters are handled in civil court. One type is a personal injury claim. When you are injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, you can opt to file a lawsuit that seeks compensation for damages. This can help you work toward ensuring that you aren't the person who is financially responsible for the effects of the accident.

There are a few types of accidents that might lead to you file this type of claim. These may involve a car or semitruck wreck, pedestrian accident, premises liability case, product liability situation or medical malpractice. If you suffer a severe injury as the result of the negligence of another person, you should learn what options you have for seeking compensation.

Common reasons for gray divorce

One recent trend in the realm of divorce is the surprising increase in the rate of divorce for married couples over the age of 50. The Pew Research Center shows that in 2015, for every 1,000 married individuals over the age of 50, 10 ended up divorcing. 

This has come as a shock to many. However, there are many valid reasons why baby boomers have chosen to divorce later in life. Divorce is hard on anyone, regardless of age, but it is important to recognize the differences in the process when taking into account the age of the spouses. 

Watch for signs of children playing one parent against the other

Children sometimes view a divorce as a way to manipulate parents into giving them their own way. The issue here is that they might claim that one parent already approved an activity or that they get to do specific things at the other parent's house. By making these claims, they are hoping that they will get to do what they want.

As a newly single parent, it is up to you to set the rules for your house. You need to think about how you want things to work. Once you set the rules, relay them to the children, and don't deviate from them.

Passive-aggressive co-parents can make life miserable

Having to work with your ex on child custody matters isn't easy for most people. When you have to deal with one who is passive-aggressive, you might find that life is a lot more difficult than when you can get along together. There are many things that you might be able to do to make it a little easier to deal with your ex.

One thing to remember is that people who behave in this manner often claim that they can't do something when the truth is that they just don't want to do it. You need to figure out how to deal with this when your ex is trying to play on this point.

Your children deserve financial support

Some parents balk at the idea of having to pay child support, but this isn't something that should be seen as a negative action. Children are expensive. There isn't any reason why one parent should be left having to cover all of the costs of raising a child that it took two parents to make. We know that child support is sometimes a touchy subject, but it is one that must be addressed.

When you have an active child support case, there are some specific points that you need to remember. One of these is that you have to put your children first. You can deal with the financial challenges that come with being an adult, even if they are uncomfortable. There is absolutely no reason for a child to wonder if they are going to be able to eat just because one parent doesn't want to have to pay child support.

Prenuptial agreements can help many engaged couples

Prenuptial agreements provide specific protections for couples, but some might wonder if there are times when there isn't a need for one. The fact is that everyone needs to think of their own unique circumstances to decide what is right for their needs.

Typically, if neither party has considerable assets and isn't likely going to get any inheritances or other assets, there might not be any need for a prenuptial agreement. Some couples might find that discussing a prenuptial agreement isn't worth the effort. It is possible for these individuals to think about a postnupital agreement after the marriage.

What Massachusetts considers when determining alimony

If your Massachusetts marriage is nearing its end, you may have concerns about being able to support yourself financially in its aftermath. Conversely, you may have been the primary breadwinner within your marriage, and you may have questions about whether you will need to support your former spouse financially for a period after your divorce becomes final.

Regardless of which side of the coin you fall on, the things the state considers when issuing alimony determinations remains the same. Such factors typically include the following:

Thinking your way is the only way might harm custody negotiations

Child custody matters are often very contentious. Parents might think that their way is the only way that the child can thrive, but they don't necessarily want to acknowledge that the other parent's ways might work. This can actually work against them when they are trying to work out solutions to issues for the child custody.

One thing that parents need to remember is that they have to put the children first. An all or nothing take on these matters can work against you if you are going through mediation to work through the child custody case. When this happens, you have to be willing to negotiate unless you are prepared to fight things out in a trial.

Civil litigation: When a slip and fall injures you or a loved one

Some slips and falls bruise only your ego, but others can result in severe personal injury. Even a seemingly minor fall may turn out to be worse than the victim initially thought.

Head injuries in particular may not cause much discomfort at first. However, they can cause serious medical problems hours or even days after the accident. Many Boston residents associate slips and falls with snowy or icy conditions, but these accidents occur in all types of weather, both indoors and out.

How can divorcing business owners remain working partners?

You probably already know how tough a simple divorce is on the entire family. However, when a couple that owns a business together call it quits, it is even more challenging. In the past, it was unthinkable for two married partners to remain in business together once divorced. However, both business and divorce are different now and continue to evolve.

When a business is successful, both spouses might wish to remain a part of their jointly owned commercial enterprise. The question for many divorcing business owners in the Boston area is how to accomplish such a formidable goal. The following tips can help.

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