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Splitting up time with the kids during the holidays

Divorce is difficult all year round, but it always feels extra stressful around the holiday break. Because of the short span between holidays, it's vital to start thinking of how you and your former spouse will divide time for the kids during their holiday break long before it gets here.

It's an awkward conversation to start because holidays often hold great sentimental value for some families. Neither parent may want to give up that precious time to the other. However, there are ways to address the issue without causing a fight.

Getting a divorce? Have you changed all of your passwords?

It may be hard to believe that someone you have lived with for years could become malicious after a breakup. We hope your ex remains reasonable and your divorce is as amicable as possible, but the stress and pressure of divorce can bring out the worst in people. If you think your ex might be looking to cause you trouble or embarrassment, one thing you should consider is changing all of your passwords.

These days, that could mean a lot of passwords. It definitely includes your online banking passwords and credit card PINs, along with the ones for all your social media accounts. Don't forget your smartphone and/or iPad. It includes any online site where you are authorized to purchase something, whether that means Amazon, Netflix or Domino's. In the modern world, it could also mean changing passwords for your modem, router, digital assistant and a host of smart devices.

Hunting or fishing without a license in Kentucky could cost you

With the fall hunting seasons almost upon us, it's important to understand Kentucky's licensing requirements for hunting, trapping and fishing. Kentucky requires licenses for both residents and non-residents above certain age thresholds unless they qualify for an exemption from licensing. You are expected to have the proper licenses and permits on hand when you are out in the field.

Legally, a Kentucky resident is someone who has established permanent, legal residence in the state and who has resided in Kentucky for 30 days before applying for the license. Full-time students who have been enrolled in a Kentucky educational institution for at least six months also qualify, as do military service personnel who are on permanent assignment in Kentucky. Owning land in the state does not necessarily make you a resident.

When an uncontested divorce does not work

A separation with no conflicts is one of the main goals most upcoming Kentucky divorcees have. The proceedings are easy and the couple and does not suffer as much of an emotional roller coaster if they easily agree on how the asset division goes.

However, the circumstances of your divorce should determine if an uncontested divorce is the right path to take. Only the courtroom can handle certain unavoidable marital problems. If you plan on separating from your spouse, you should know some factors which can make uncontested divorce too difficult in Kentucky.

Is it legal to drink on the water or while boating in Kentucky?

For many people, alcohol is a natural part of relaxing or celebratory activities. If you will be out on the water, however, you should know that it's against the law to operate a boat or vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That includes personal watercraft, water skis, surfboards and similar devices.

Moreover, by operating a boat or vessel on Kentucky waters, you're legally considered to have consented to drug and alcohol tests to determine whether you are under the influence. A law enforcement officer can administer such tests upon determining there is probable cause to believe that you have been operating while intoxicated.

You can recover lost wages as the result of a car accident

You just finished a hectic eight-hour day at work. As you leave for the parking lot, your spouse sends you a text to pick up a few things at the grocery store on the way home -- no problem. You're tired, but the day is done, and you're looking forward to a routine supper with your family at home.

However, as you take a left turn instead of a right turn to go to the grocery store instead of home, you are t-boned by a driver talking on the phone who failed to yield to you at a four-way stop sign. Police arrive, and an ambulance takes you to a hospital.

Things to include in an employment contract

Your business is growing. Business has been so good, in fact, that your mom and pop operation now needs more employees. Before you can place a help wanted ad online, you may want to consider drawing up an employment contract for your potential new employee. The problem is, you have never created an employment contract, and you have no idea where to start.

Before creating an employment contract on your own, you might want to consult with an attorney that specializes in employment law. Employment law is a very dynamic area and changes occur very rapidly. The drafting of these contracts can be extremely difficult, and it's not recommended anyone undertake this without consultation with a lawyer. The failure to consider state and federal laws could cause some, and possibly all, of those terms to be rendered unenforceable.

How to divide your timeshare after a divorce

Timeshares are unique assets because you share ownership of a property with multiple people. You have to balance between strict usage schedules, taxes and fees and guidelines to follow in “your” vacation home.

You also have to share a property with a former spouse if you divorce. You should know what your options are when you file for divorce especially with a timeshare. There are three main options that you and your partner can consider during the divorce proceedings.  

'Bird nesting' is a new housing option in shared custody cases

During and after a divorce, kids often end up spending time in two homes. They may get two of everything, but there is a lot more travel involved than before -- and that can be inconvenient and disruptive. In an effort to reduce the upheaval, some parents have turned the typical shared parenting arrangement inside out. Now, instead of the child traveling from one parent's home to the other, the parents are doing the traveling.

It's called "bird nesting," and the idea is to have the children remain in the family home full time, while each parent lives there part time. While bird nesting isn't new, it is getting more attention thanks to a new sitcom called "Splitting Up Together" which features the arrangement.

Calling on Kentucky drivers to put down their phones

"Each death is 100 percent preventable."

Those six words kick off the National Safety Council's campaign for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, taking place this month across the country. It's a powerful statement, but one that many read too quickly. Instead, drivers in Kentucky and elsewhere seem to agree that texting while driving is bad, yet act as if it can't happen to them.

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