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Create a property and debt division checklist

As a married couple, there's a good chance you've commingled some (or all) of your assets at some point. In the event of a divorce, it's critical to understand what types of assets and debts are subject to division in Virginia.

Due to the many complexities of the law, it's critical to get organized and remain organized from day one. This means creating a property and debt division checklist as soon as possible.

What is an acute spinal cord injury?

The medical term "acute" refers to a condition that occurs suddenly. An acute spinal cord injury in Virginia, then, is one that occurs suddenly, often due to an accident or trauma. You should note that "acute" is not necessarily the same thing as "temporary." Depending on the type of injury you sustain, it may improve with time. However, it is also entirely possible that the damage an acute spinal cord injury causes may be permanent.

If you suspect that someone has sustained an acute spinal cord injury, get medical help right away. It is a medical emergency, and any amateur attempts at first aid may do further damage. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, symptoms of acute spinal cord injury include the following: 

  • Breathing problems
  • Paralysis or lack of voluntary muscle movement
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of feeling in the chest or extremities
  • Loss of bladder or bowel function

Can one click become probable cause?

It's sometimes difficult to tell when a link on the internet is safe or not. There are people in the world who set up links for everything from practical jokes to scams. Keeping your wits about you while surfing the internet is crucial and can even have constitutional implications.

Imagine that link you clicked on one day eventually leads to the police showing up to your front door or even criminal charges. Can that one link click be probable cause for a search that allows law enforcement to gather evidence against you? This is what a recent case in Virginia tried to determine.

Snapping selfies while behind the wheel can be deadly

Despite warnings about the dangers of distracted driving and using a cellphone while behind the wheel, many drivers continue to engage in this hazardous practice. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,166 people died in distracted driving car accidents in 2017, and thousands more were injured in similar incidents. In addition to sending texts, composing emails and calling friends, a surprising number of drivers dare to snap selfies of themselves behind the wheel and post their pics on social media platforms. 

A quick look on Instagram will show an alarming 1,868 posts under #drivingselfies and 3,727 posts under #drivingselfie. Approximately 9,700 posts show up under #drivingtowork. Searches on Facebook and Snapchat bring up the same results, and drivers are not the only ones to take dangerous pictures behind the wheel. Pilots, train conductors and boaters are also joining in on this dangerous trend. Sadly, many have died after posting their final selfie on social media. 

Is it legal to drive drunk while on private property?

Until recently, it was illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Virginia while intoxicated under any circumstances. However, that changed earlier this year. USA Today reports that the state senate passed a bill in February stating that, even while intoxicated, you can lawfully drive on your own property. 

Originally, the bill sought to clarify that laws against drunk driving did not apply to private property but only to public roadways. However, the state senator who initially introduced it expressed misgivings that it was too broad and revised it. The version that eventually passed declares that the state law against driving while intoxicated does not apply to you if you are driving on your own private residential property. In other words, the law would protect you if you were driving drunk on your own property but not on residential or commercial property belonging to someone else. 

Uncooperative exes can make child custody miserable

Dealing with your ex when you have children is generally not an easy feat. When parents can behave like adults, the situation is much easier. However, this isn't the case if your ex is being uncooperative. This can make the entire situation even more difficult than it has to be.

Keeping thing civil can be a challenge when you have to make serious decisions. Since your ex may try to make this impossible, and possibly miserable, there is a good chance that you will need to figure out how to stay calm in the midst of the insanity.

What are the risk factors for traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injuries in Virginia can range from the severe to the moderate to the relatively mild. However, any case of TBI is serious and should receive the attention of a physician to avoid potentially life-threatening complications. 

A TBI can happen to anyone, at any time. Nevertheless, according to the Mayo Clinic, there are some risk factors that, if present, can make you more susceptible. 

Common reasons for gray divorce

The rate of couples divorcing after the age of 50 has been steadily increasing over the years. This is commonly known as grey divorce and it happens for various reasons. One of the most common scenarios is that the kids have grown up and moved out of the house and the couple realizes that they no longer have a reason to stay married.

Like with other divorces, the reasons for grey divorce can be varied. Here are a some of the most common reasons why people divorce after many years of marriage.

What is the difference between license suspension and revocation?

You are probably aware that if you commit a traffic violation of relative seriousness in Virginia, you could lose your driving privileges. This occurs because of either a license suspension or revocation.

Both are similar in that they both take away your legal driving privileges. However, each has its own legal implications. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between the two.

More drunk driving deaths in Virginia

If you are like most people who live in Virginia, your heart sinks every time you hear or read a report about someone being hit by a drunk driver, especially if the person died in the crash. These accidents are not really accidents in the true sense of the word as they are completely preventable - if only drivers would make responsible choices. Sadly, many drivers refuse to do this.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of drunk driving deaths in the state jumped in 2017 from 223 to 246. This was after three consecutive years of declines in the number of these fatalities. The 246 impaired vehicular deaths in 2017 represents nearly 30% of all accident fatalities statewide that year.

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