November 2018 Archives

Are you facing co-parenting problems with your ex?

Many Missouri residents consider parenthood one of the most rewarding, exciting and challenging experiences in their lives. If you have kids in different age groups, life in your household is likely never dull, especially if you're currently navigating the terrible twos or teenage years. If you recently got divorced, you may still be trying to find your "new normal," which is definitely understandable and common among those who have gone through similar situations.  

What are ignition interlock devices?

If you have been convicted of a DUI in Missouri or in many other states in the nation, you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car. These devices allow you to drive on a restricted driver’s license, yet they monitor whether you have any alcohol in your system when you attempt to start your vehicle. Ignition interlock devices are breath test analyzers that are hooked up to your vehicles ignition system. Some models have cameras that attach to the dashboard of the car. In order to start the car, you must blow into a tube that is connected to the device. The device then determines your blood alcohol content level and will only start if it is below a preset limit. If you do have a BAC level that is above the limit, the vehicle will lock you out and you will be unable to drive.

New year, new alimony taxation

The thought of getting divorced at any time of year is generally one of the last things people in Missouri want to rush through. The thought of hurrying to get divorced amidst the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's season would be even less palatable to people under normal circumstances. This year, however, circumstances are anything but normal as a major change to the tax code set to take effect in 2019 will have major implications on divorce settlements nationwide.

What are Missouri's sex offender levels?

If you or someone you know in Missouri has been arrested for and charged with a sex crime, you will no doubt want to learn as much as you can about the charges and any potential consequences associated with a conviction should that happen. One of the penalties of a conviction for a crime of a sexual nature may well be the requirement to register as a sex offender. This program has recently undergone some important changes.

What is legal separation?

When your marriage is not going well, you may consider divorce. In some situations, though, divorce is not the right answer. Missouri offers you an alternative. According to the Missouri Courts, you can file for a legal separation. This allows you to have a formal decision on your relationship without the permanent effects of a divorce.

When you drive in Missouri, watch out for these hazards!

Perhaps you consider yourself a seasoned expert at navigating high-traffic roadways in Missouri because you've been making the same morning and evening commutes for 10 years or more. Then again, you may have only recently moved to this state and are still getting used to its motorists and pedestrians.  

Attention, Missouri travelers: A distracted driver might be near

Do you know that studies show that, in motor vehicle collisions in Missouri and other states, as many as two out of every three vehicle operators were driving distracted just before they crashed? That basically means you are at risk for a distracted driving accident every time you get behind the wheel or travel as a passenger in someone's car, or even as a pedestrian.  

What are the different types of warning signs?

Whether you are a Missouri property owner, an employer or anyone in charge of maintaining a property, you have a duty to mark off dangerous areas or places of potential hazards to anyone who walks into that location unwarily. One of the simplest ways to warn people of a dangerous spot is to use a warning sign. Depending on the level of risk, you will have to choose the right kind of sign to convey the proper warning.

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