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The entire cost of an injury has to be included in your claim

Being involved in a car accident on the interstate is something that can lead to serious injuries. These injuries might impact your life in negative ways. Thinking about how the effects can impact your finances can be depressing, but it's important to understand nonetheless.

If the car crash was the other driver's fault, you might decide to seek compensation for the damages that you suffered. This is something that could help to reduce the effects that your injuries have on your finances.

Child support orders might need to be changed sometimes

Child support payments are vital for the child. These payments help ensure that the child has the necessities of life that he or she needs to survive. If you are paying child support and find that you are having trouble making those payments because your circumstances have changed since your previous order was issued, you might need to consider taking action to get a new child support order.

In order to change child support terms, you need to petition the court for a modification. The change that is ordered by the court can be either permanent or temporary, depending on the circumstances. This is one point that you should be sure to double check in the modification.

Know your rights as your child's father

In a previous blog post, we discussed how fathers should fight for their right to raise their children. This is something that many men don't think about doing simply because of the historical role of fathers in a child's life after a divorce. We know that this might be the way you think things still are, but this isn't the case.

These days, men have just as much of a right to raise their children as mothers. The thing here is that you might have to fight a bit more to be able to take the lead in your child's life. Even though it might require some work, you are likely going to find that it is well worth it. Even if you aren't seeking full custody, you might be able to work things out to where you can play a bigger role in your child's life than what would be possible if you were only around every other weekend.

What does it mean if I'm charged with rape?

Sexual crime charges are very personal matters for the victim and the defendant. If you are facing rape charges, you should understand the specifics of this criminal act.

When you are planning your defense, your goal is to poke holes in the prosecution's case. In some cases, you might be able to do this by showing that the points the prosecution is raising don't actually meet the criteria for the crime of rape.

Parole rescinded for convicted murderer after procedural error

People who are already involved in the criminal justice system know that somethings can change at the drop of a hat. Nothing is really certain until it actually happens. Recently, a convicted murder realized just how true this is.

The man was facing a 71-year sentence for murder. He recently came up before the parole board to determine if he could be released from prison. The parole board approved his parole and he was set to be released after serving around one-third of his sentence.

Fathers should fight for their right to joint custody

As a father going through the divorce process, it's natural to worry about the future relationship with your child or children.

There are many reasons for this worry, including concerns over custody. For example, you may worry that the court will award your ex-wife sole custody of your child.

How should I handle claims based on a tire blowout?

As you are driving down I-10, a vehicle near you has a blowout. Your car is struck by the debris or by the vehicle. Now, your car is damaged and you are injured. What do you do?

The answer to that question depends on the reason for the blowout. Determining the cause of the blowout can help you seek compensation to help you recover the money you have to spend to fix your car and get the medical care that you need.

Personal injury cases must be individualized

Personal injury cases are serious matters because a person's financial future is at stake. When you are injured in an accident, you need use your anger about the incident to fuel your desire to hold the person accountable in court.

We understand that you might feel like trying to seek compensation is a lot of work. We are here to help you each step of the way. You don't have to try to do everything on your own when your main priority should be trying to heal from the injuries you suffered.

Learn how to protect your personal assets

When you get married, the things you have and the things your new spouse has are likely to merge. This isn't always a huge deal; however, you must ensure that you are taking the steps necessary to protect family heirlooms and other items that you don't want to be viewed as marital property.

Ideally, you will have a prenuptial agreement in place before you walk down the aisle. If you don't have one, consider a postnuptial agreement. Even without that, you can still take steps to protect yourself and your assets.

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