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Family law: Navigating financial decisions during divorce

Washington couples who have decided to end their marriage know that the financial implications of such a decision can create significant challenges. As well, during a process that is, typically, already fraught with tension, many divorcing people may feel some anxiety at the thought of entering the area of family law, particularly those who are unfamiliar with the territory. With these points in mind, separating couples are smart to become as informed as possible about financial decisions that will affect their future, as well as any children from the marriage. Several financial experts offer advice to divorcing people to help reduce the inevitable stress and increase the chances of future financial security.

First, divorcing individuals should educate themselves on the state of their finances. It is important to thoroughly understand household cash flow, including all expenses and income. People are advised to think about their priorities concerning expenses and consider various settlement possibilities prior to negotiations, and to know about any tax consequences and recent tax law changes. Some people may find it tempting to speed up the process of making financial decisions, but experts advise to not move too quickly, as such decisions often have long-term effects.

Reducing conflict through child custody mediation

When facing the end of a marriage, parents in Washington and across the nation may have concerns over how the process might affect their children. With a variety of topics to address concerning child custody, preparing for negotiations might seem somewhat stressful and intimidating. Parents who wish to protect the needs and interests of their kids while reducing the level of stress involved with the process could find it helpful to consider child custody mediation.

Experts indicate that child custody mediation can offer a variety of potential benefits for everyone involved. For instance, studies indicate that mediation can help reduce stress and mitigate conflict during what will likely be an emotional process. Seeking the guidance of a mediator could also help provide parents with a sense of focus as they attempt to reach an amicable arrangement.

Head-on collision causes personal injury to 4 people; 2 killed

Over the last few decades, Washington residents have, no doubt, heard the proliferation of warnings about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, some people continue to make the reckless decision to get behind the wheel of their vehicle after they have had a few drinks. Police believe this was the case when a man driving a pickup truck collided head-on with another vehicle, causing personal injury to four of its occupants; two of those people died in the crash.

The horrific accident happened late on a recent Saturday afternoon. According to Washington State Police, the 51-year-old pickup driver was traveling west on a road in rural Mason County when he crossed over the centerline. The truck collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle.  

Chain reaction car accident injures 1 in Washington

When drivers fail to adhere to red lights or stop signs prior to crossing into an intersection, they could place the well-being of everyone nearby at risk. Motor vehicle accident involving similar scenarios can have disastrous results that could leave those involved with life-altering injuries, or worse. One person was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries following a recent car accident in Washington.

According to reports, the incident took place at around 4 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. Initial investigations indicate that the driver of a car failed to stop for a red light upon approaching an intersection, subsequently prompting a chain reaction collision. The driver of a second vehicle was reportedly forced to swerve and collide with a third car, and the impact of the crash caused the second vehicle to overturn before coming to a rest on its side.

Car accident: Several injured after vehicle crashes into store

While attempting to check off their holiday shopping lists, many individuals may give little thought to their safety while within the walls of a store. Should a driver lose control and crash into the building, these walls might do little to protect those inside from harm. A recent car accident in which a vehicle crashed into a store in Washington has reportedly left 11 individuals with injuries, three of whom are in critical condition.

Law enforcement agents say they responded to reports of the crash on a recent Monday night. Initial investigations indicate that the incident began when a customer stole an item from the store and jumped in the passenger seat of a vehicle waiting outside. While attempting to flee the scene, the driver reportedly collided with another vehicle, subsequently causing him to lose control and crash through the front of the building.

Car accident involving impaired driver injures 2, kills 2

As vision plays an integral role in the operation of a vehicle, drivers who close their eyes for even a moment run the risk of creating an unfortunate scenario. In this moment, a vehicle could veer off course and into the path of others nearby. A recent car accident in which a vehicle ran off the road and struck four pedestrians in Washington left two individuals with injuries and claimed the lives of two others.

The incident reportedly occurred at around 1 p.m. on a recent Friday when a driver struck a curb while traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle proceeded to go airborne before hitting four pedestrians. Authorities have advised that three of the pedestrians were rushed to a medical facility for treatment, while a fourth person was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

5 injured in car accident involving distracted driver

In the time it takes to look down and change a radio station or grab an item from the passenger seat, a vehicle can travel several hundred feet in an unknown direction. Once a vehicle veers off course, it can become increasingly difficult to safely navigate back into the correct lane of traffic. One person is reportedly facing negligent driving charges following a recent car accident that left five people with injuries in Washington.

Law enforcement agents responded to reports of a single-vehicle crash just after 7 p.m. on a recent Saturday. Initial investigations indicate that incident occurred when the driver became distracted and lost control of the car. The driver reportedly overcorrected after the vehicle veered off the side of the road, subsequently causing it to overturn before coming to a rest in a nearby ditch.

3 injured in car accident involving dangerous maneuver

Even in emergency situations, crossing into and traveling along the shoulder of the road can be a hazardous decision. Nearby drivers may not expect to encounter such a maneuver and they might not be prepared to react should the vehicle attempt to drift back into the lanes of traffic. As many as three individuals suffered injuries during a recent car accident involving similar circumstances in Washington.

Law enforcement agents say they responded to reports of the crash on a recent Thursday morning. While many of the details surrounding the incident remain unclear, police have advised that the driver who caused the crash was traveling on the shoulder of the road at a high rate of speed. The driver's actions reportedly prompted a chain reaction collision involving as many as five vehicles.

Using caution when posting on social media during a divorce

It may come as no surprise that going through the end of a marriage can be a stressful experience. Those who encounter a similar life change might not always be aware of how the decisions they make during this time could influence the outcome of the process. For instance, individuals in Washington who are facing a divorce may find it advisable to take care with what they post on social media outlets.

Upon entering a new relationship, many individuals may wish to share their newly found joy with their family and friends by making it official via social media. However, those who are going through a divorce may find it helpful to hold off on publishing such information until the process is finalized. Studies indicate that the public release of similar types of information could create increased levels of tension that may only act to further complicate the situation.

1 injured in car accident after driver runs red light

When it comes to intersections, the protections provided by stop signs and traffic lights may have little effect in the presence of negligence. Those who fail to adhere to traffic laws inherently increase the risk of a dangerous collision, and accidents that occur in intersections can have cataclysmic consequences. A recent car accident involving similar circumstances has left a woman in the hospital with serious injuries in Washington.

According to police, the collision occurred at around 2:15 p.m. on a recent Thursday. Initial investigations indicate that for reasons unknown, the driver of an eastbound vehicle failed to stop for a red light upon approaching an intersection. Police advised that this vehicle proceeded to cross into the path of and collide with a second vehicle that was making a left turn across the intersection.