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January 2019 Archives

Protecting seniors from abuse in nursing homes

It's difficult to think about a loved one in a nursing home getting abused, but the unfortunate reality is that many seniors experience sexual and other types of abuse in these settings. Even worse, there's good reason to believe that these abuses often go unreported. Cases of abuse occur in nursing homes in Illinois and states throughout the country, but there are some things family members can do to help prevent this problem.

Planning a parenting schedule that works for all

During a divorce, one of the most important things parents can do is create a custody schedule that's best for the well-being of their children. This is not just about dividing up custody fairly: It's about letting children know that their parents have their best interests in mind even during a difficult time. In order to do this, parents should put themselves in their children's shoes. Empathy can be very valuable when complicated emotions are involved.

Ice and reckless driving blamed for fatal Illinois crash

A combination of reckless driving and treacherous road conditions was the cause of an accident that claimed the life of an 86-year-old man on the morning of Jan. 22 according to the Illinois State Police. The 74-year-old driver of the pickup truck that crossed the center line of U.S. Route 41 and struck an oncoming van head-on has been cited for improper lane usage, failing to reduce speed to prevent an accident and not wearing a seat belt.

Making a clean financial break after a divorce

Divorcing dependent spouses in Illinois may not want to make all that many changes initially. This may result in the continued reliance on the same set of financial professionals that provided assistance during the marriage. However, it's generally agreed that newly single people are likely to benefit from making a clean financial break from their former mate after a divorce by choosing a new financial team, especially if it was the other spouse who maintained relationships with those professionals.

The unique nuances of super-wealthy divorces

Many people in Illinois have likely caught wind of the news concerning the divorce of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife. The pair, who announced their spit via social media, have been together for 25 years. During that time, they've amassed more than $100 billion in assets that will need to be divided among them. In addition to the big dollar amounts involved, there are other notable differences between super-wealthy divorces and more traditional splits among couples with fewer assets.

Studies probe attractiveness and relationship health

People in Illinois may wonder how the relative attractiveness of two romantic partners affects the strength of the relationship. According to some researchers, men who marry women who are considered more attractive than themselves may have a higher risk of divorce. Of course, attractiveness is an individual quality, and people differ widely on which attributes are considered attractive or unattractive. However, social beauty standards and concepts of attractiveness can have a significant impact on how others treat people, both in romantic relationships and in other areas of life.

Divorce appears amicable as Usher and wife file divorce papers

As a singer and songwriter, Usher has attracted music fans in Illinois for years. Although his career endures, his most recent marriage has ended. His marriage that began in September 2015 when he joined with a woman who had worked as his manager is drawing to a close. They filed the court papers necessary to proceed with a divorce.

Attempts to avoid truck driver fatigue can be dangerous

Truck driver fatigue poses a major danger to people on the roads in Illinois. In one poll, around 25 percent of truck drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in the past month. Trucking accidents are particularly dangerous to passengers and drivers in smaller vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists. In 2016, 3,986 people were killed as a result of truck crashes, but only 17 percent of the lives lost were those inside the truck.

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