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How to make joint parenting work for everyone

You and your spouse recently split and the divorce went about as well as it could have. You both arranged a good custody plan. Your kids seem to be adjusting to the changes and your family dynamic is slowly moving back toward feeling somewhat normal.

However, co-parenting does not often come easy for families. There are many challenges to trying to create a stable family life when your kids’ time is divided. Both you and your ex want your kids to have the best experience possible but you may still be unsure how to make this happen.

Negligent drivers in Spokane cause many personal injury claims

Based on a survey that was done by an online auto insurance platform, Spokane is fourth on the list of top five United States cities with the worst vehicle drivers. From this, one might deduct that the civil justice system in Spokane deals with its fair share of personal injury lawsuits. Over a million consumers nationwide responded to questions related to driving incidents since 2011 in which they were at fault.

The incidents included moving violations, reckless driving, failures to stop, speeding, drunk driving and accidents. Almost 30 percent of responding drivers in Spokane indicated being at fault in auto accidents. The study suggested that more than two-thirds of drivers in this city are likely to be cited for speeding when compared to average drivers.

What could cause the denial of Social Security Disability claims?

Anyone in Washington who suffers a severe injury or health problem will know what it is like to rely on insurance payments. When he or she cannot work for an extended period, Social Security Disability benefits might be the only income. Receiving benefits could make up approximately 70 percent of lost wages. However, it is not uncommon for benefits claims to be denied.

What could have gone wrong? The paperwork might have been incomplete. Records submitted must include the insurance claim form and medical records, including treatment notes. Missing information can lead to a rejected claim. Another thing to check is whether the application was filed within the time allowed following the injury or the onset of the illness.

Family law: Myths about child support

When marriages end in Washington, couples who have children usually have a lot to learn. Many myths exist about child support, child custody and other family law matters. Rather than relying on information obtained from the internet or friends and family, it might be smarter to get answers from experienced legal counsel.

When it comes to child support, the noncustodial parent might think that only he or she is responsible for the financial support of the child. In fact, both parents are responsible. When the court calculates the amount of child support to be paid by the noncustodial parent, it considers the financial circumstances of both parents. The custodial parent also contributes financially to the needs of the child, along with providing a home and nonfinancial parental care.

Facing drug charges? Strong criminal defense is essential

When anyone in Washington is charged with a crime, or even if he or she has reason to believe there is a criminal investigation underway, it is essential to act quickly. The ultimate outcome might depend largely on the quality and timeliness of a criminal defense. Securing legal counsel would likely have been the first thing 10 suspected methamphetamine traffickers did after their recent arrest.

Reportedly, arrests took place, and federal charges were filed after the execution of search warrants at 30 different locations. According to law enforcement reports, the search and seizure procedures yielded 20 pounds of methamphetamines, 10 pounds of heroin, 18 firearms, and cash exceeding $500,000. Authorities say this action followed an investigation that started six months ago.

Personal injury: Husband and wife die when struck by DUI driver

A husband and wife recently died after a vehicle that was allegedly driven by a drunk driver struck them. Every year, thousands of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are filed in Washington civil courts against intoxicated drivers. Those who lose loved ones in such accidents might seek financial relief, but their psychological trauma may never be relieved.

Reportedly, a 64-year-old man and his 67-year-old wife were standing next to their vehicle that might have broken down in Skagit County shortly before 1 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 30-year-old female driver, who was eastbound on Highway 20, struck both the pedestrians. Neither of them survived the accident.

What a delayed cancer prognosis can do to you

While cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., various treatments developed in the last century have increased the chances of survival for numerous patients. However, the treatment's effectiveness decreases if the cancer is in an advanced stage. This can happen when a patient does not recognize signs of incoming cancer and procrastinates going to the doctor for examination.

However, another way this can happen is if the doctor fails to diagnose the disease in time. Due to to this delay, your body suffers numerous consequences as a result. Here is what can happen if you find out your diagnosis too late.

The challenges of obtaining Social Security disability approval

Workers in Washington who are unable to work due to a non-work-related injury or illness may rely on disability benefits to sustain their lives. Social Security Disability Insurance is a program that provides valuable financial assistance for predetermined periods. Although employers usually provide SSDI coverage, individuals can obtain private disability insurance, on its own or additional to an employer-provided program.

Knowing which types of injuries or illnesses the SSDI covers can be challenging, and while work-related disabilities do not typically make workers eligible, private insurance might cover these conditions. The benefits provided by disability insurance can be invaluable for families who are in desperate need of financial assistance. However, navigating the claims process is typically challenging.

Family law requirements for child support

Divorce in Washington does not remove the responsibility of a parent to support his or her child. Family law requires even a noncustodial parent who relocates and has limited contact with the child to share the support until the emancipation of the child. Fortunately, most parents want what is in the best interest of their children when marriages end.

When looking at it from the court's viewpoint, both parents have legal child support responsibilities, which are based on the child's needs as well as the individual abilities, incomes and assets of the parents. When it comes to their incomes, the court typically uses the after-tax income for child support calculations. Because the custodial parent typically provides the household and associated needs, the noncustodial parent is expected to share in the responsibility of supporting the child.

Top safety tips for your Fourth of July fireworks show

The Fourth of July is upon us! Time to crack out American flag-themed T-shirts and sheet cakes, relax in the sun, eat one too many grilled meats and of course—enjoy a good fireworks display.

If you’re planning to put on your own pyrotechnics show this year, be aware that it’s not as straightforward as lighting a campfire. Each Fourth of July, thousands of people are hospitalized around the country due to amateur fireworks accidents—and such injuries can be devastating.

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