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How women can deal with financial challenges during a divorce

It is more likely for women in New Jersey and the rest of the United States to face financial challenges after a divorce than it is for men to do so. One study showed that men are more likely to experience an increase in income after divorce by up to 30%. Women, on the other hand, are likely to experience a 20% decrease in income.

Women may find that taking practical steps before, during and after divorce can help them deal with the financial challenges they may experience. While contemplating a divorce, a woman may want to start getting familiar with where she sits financially by gathering important papers like credit card statements, bank statements and retirement account balances. It may be wise to put money away that can be used after the divorce. While this money will need to be disclosed during the divorce proceedings, a woman will have money to get the divorce process started.

AI could provide the solution to distracted driving

According to the National Safety Council, an average of nine people are killed and 100 are injured every day in the U.S. in distracted driving crashes. Most drivers in New Jersey are aware of the dangers of cognitive, visual and manual distractions, yet many choose to do nothing about them. This is where new technology can make a difference, namely artificial intelligence.

The mechanics of deep learning and recent advances in computer vision technology are helping car makers to build cameras and sensors that can monitor driver behavior in the car and set off alarms when drivers are distracted. Manufacturers are also focusing on how to capture drivers' attention with these alarms. For instance, the system could turn off the radio or turn down the volume to make the alarm something more than just "white noise."

The reliability of breath tests questioned in report

More than 30,000 drunk driving cases in New Jersey and Massachusetts were dismissed over the course of just 12 months because judges found the toxicology evidence supporting them to be unreliable. This was just one of the discoveries made by New York Times reporters who looked into the ways breath tests are administered in the United States. The results of their efforts were published by the newspaper on Nov. 3.

The New York Times investigation reveals that the breath-testing equipment used by virtually all police departments produces skewed results. Reporters found that maintenance efforts were usually shoddy and technicians often used outdated or home-brewed chemical solutions that produced blood alcohol concentration readings that were up to 40% higher than proper testing would have indicated. Rats were found nesting in one machine, and police drilled holes in another to allegedly increase BAC measurements.

How can you share holidays with your kids after divorce?

When you had children, one of your goals was to spend all of your holidays with them. When you were growing up, holidays were very important to your family. Being married to your children's other parent made it easy for you to share multiple holidays together. If there was any kind of conflict due to the timing of a Christmas party or Thanksgiving dinner, you could either split up or spend a little time at each person's home.

Once you got a divorce, you realized how much more difficult it would be to coordinate the holidays. Instead of having your children with you for each holiday, you now had to split time with the other parent. Even though you want to have your children on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and on other holidays, it isn't always possible because of the way your custody agreement arranges your time.

A few facts about crime in the United States

Over the years, many public officials have pledged to fight crime. President Trump even cited enhancing law and order in his inaugural address in January 2017. This may make some New Jersey residents curious about the facts related to crime in the United States.

According to surveys and reports by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the FBI, the violent crime rate has been in substantial decline over the past several decades. Violent crimes include assault, robbery, and rape. Between 1993 and 2018, the rate for violent crimes fell by 51%. However, there were certain times when the rate increased, like between the years 2004 and 2006.

Multi-vehicle crash injures 5-year-old, 3 others

Authorities in New Jersey take auto accidents that injure children and/or pedestrians very seriously. The same holds true in Brooklyn, where law enforcement issued a summons to a teenage girl who allegedly struck two other vehicles and a pedestrian with her sports car on Monday afternoon. 

Reportedly, the sports car's driver had four passengers in the vehicle with her, all teenage girls like herself. She allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 54th Street, reportedly striking a minivan, a pedestrian and one other vehicle. 

The Glasgow Coma Scale explained

Most people in Paterson likely share the hope that they will never have to deal with the consequences of a traumatic brain injury (be it one that they themselves suffer or one sustained by a family member or friend). Yet these types of injuries are more common than many may think. Indeed, according to information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2.5 million Americans were seen in hospital emergency departments for TBIs in 2014 alone. 

The greatest fear that most have in the immediate aftermath of a TBI is what the victim’s long-term prognosis may be. One might be able to recover from a mild TBI (typically termed to be a concussion) in just a few days without experiencing any lingering effects. Those who suffer severe TBIs may be left completely dependent on extensive care for the rest of their lives. Such knowledge would no doubt impact the decisions made by a TBI victim’s loved ones as to whether or not to seek legal action (if it is indeed warranted). 

Keeping or selling your home in a divorce

If you and your spouse have been talking about getting a divorce and you own a home together in New Jersey, you might be wondering how to decide what you should or should not do with your home during or after your divorce. Many people want to try and keep their homes, especially if they still have children who live at home. This is understandable given the emotional attachments often associated with a home. However, this may not be a wise option from a financial perspective.

The Mortgage Reports explains that if one person keeps the home, it is preferable for that person to get a new mortgage that is only in their name instead of allowing an existing joint mortgage to remain in place. The reason for this is because it is the only foolproof way to eliminate financial liability for the other spouse. 

Rear-end collisions: Often a result of distractions

Rear-end crashes can be caused by many things, one of which is simply not paying attention to the road. Distractions are a serious cause of collisions of many types, but they are often seen with rear-end wrecks.

In a rear-end collision, a vehicle hits you from behind. Some common causes include:

  • A driver who was following too closely behind you
  • Moving too quickly or suddenly for the driver behind you to respond
  • Distractions that take the rear driver's eyes off the road

Navigate the divorce conversation with kids

When New Jersey couples decide to get a divorce, they may wonder how they will tell their children. When people sit down to talk to their kids about this new development, there are a few things they may want to keep in mind.

Before they tell their children about the divorce, parents may want to decide what they will say. Parents magazine says people should consider what their kids might need to hear in this conversation. Some people, for example, may want to emphasize that the kids are not responsible for the divorce. Other children may need to hear that their parents still love them and that they are still a family. Additionally, it is a good idea for parents to talk to their kids together. It may be best if people speak to all of the kids at the same time. Sometimes, though, it may be a good idea to have individual conversations if parents think that one child will not take the news well.

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