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Researching car accidents to improve treatment

Motor vehicle accidents can cause devastating injuries to people in Illinois. Because reducing crash damages and addressing the injuries that follow can be a major public health concern, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration leads a crash injury process called CIREN that brings experts together to understand why and how serious injuries occur.

How divorce can affect credit card debt

Many Illinois couples whose marriages are ending may be concerned about how to divide their assets during a divorce, but it can be just as important to consider how credit card debt will be split. When debt was incurred on a jointly held card, it belongs to both of them, and despite the text of the divorce decree, the credit card company retains its ability to pursue either party. Financial experts often advise that people seek to exit their marriages without holding any joint debt. While it may not be possible to pay off all joint credit cards, people can transfer debts to cards in the name of the individual partners, depending on their agreement about how to handle them.

Can you divorce-proof your business?

Business owners have a lot of things to consider in day-to-day life. This can get even more complicated should trouble in a marriage occur. If you get a divorce, your business could be used. All of the blood, sweat and tears that went into creating your business could be subject to division during your divorce settlement, even if your spouse had no part in creating or running the company.

Credit cards and divorce

Those who get divorced in Illinois may find that they are still responsible for joint credit card debts incurred while married. However, there are ways to make sure that marital debts don't haunt an individual in the future. For instance, the debt can be transferred onto a credit card in the former spouse's name. It may also be worthwhile to pay off joint debts before the divorce becomes official.

Housing arrangements and child custody

Parents who are requesting primary child custody may need to present evidence in court about how their living arrangements are suitable for children. A parent's housing arrangements in Illinois could affect their chances of being awarded custody in several ways.

Holiday stress is more pronounced for divorced families

An idealized picture of the holiday season often leads families to nostalgically look back at past memories while creating new ones each year. A more realistic view, however, reveals a great deal of stress and anxiety for many Illinois families, even under the best of circumstances. These feelings become much more magnified for families that have recently divorced. However, there are steps that can be taken to counteract the stress and help ensure a happy holiday season.

Smoothing out divorced parents' struggles in Illinois

Divorce typically causes difficulties when it comes to parenting. While child custody is usually a shared responsibility between the parents, it is not always an easy thing to accomplish. In an ideal world, the adults would put aside their differences to co-parent effectively, but this is not always the case.

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