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What does the judge consider in a custody case?

Ideally, divorcing parents will work out a custody and visitation schedule for their children together. If that's possible, the judge never has to get involved with it.

However, what if that doesn't happen? What factors will the judge consider important in your custody case? Here's a general guide:

What happens if your Social Security Disability claim is denied?

You have waited for months to hear something from the Social Security Administration (SSA) about your disability claim -- only to have your hopes turned into frustrations because your claim was denied.

So, what's next?

Smart rules to remember about Indiana's workers' compensation

If you get injured on the job in Indiana, do you know what rules you have to follow to make sure that you retain your eligibility to workers' compensation benefits?

Probably not. Most people aren't familiar with the rules because they don't honestly expect to use them. When an accident strikes, however, they can get caught in some traps that could be easily avoided.

Tailgaters should use safety precautions this fall

One of the pure joys of autumn is sharing a tailgating experience with family and friends. Whether you are grilling and chilling outside of a National Football League (NFL) sports arena with a few thousand of your team's most ardent fans or are huddled around a dropped tailgate in your local high school stadium's parking lot, the communal fun of tailgating can't be beat.

In fact, it's an annual rite that many sports enthusiasts anticipate with relish. We certainly never want to dampen your enthusiasm for this fall pastime. But we do urge our Indiana readers to remain safe at all times while tailgating. The following tips might heighten the experience and keep everyone safer.

Can you get disability benefits for Addison's diseases?

Addison's disease, or adrenal insufficiency, is a relatively unknown disorder -- even though President John F. Kennedy suffered from the condition -- that can be quite disabling.

In many cases, the disease sneaks up on its victims because its primary symptom is an overwhelming sense of fatigue. Eventually, however, the victim may develop the following problems:

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Muscle, joint and abdominal pain
  • Irritability, depression and other behavioral issues
  • Low blood sugar or reactive hypoglycemia
  • Low blood pressure, to the point where fainting occurs
  • Salt cravings
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Darkened skin around scars or creases (like the knuckles or inside of your elbows)

What drives someone to commit a white collar crime?

White collar crimes involve things like embezzlement, fraud, money laundering and other similar acts. They often provoke a lot of strong emotional reactions these days, in part because so many people have been victimized by large pyramid schemes, insider trading scandals, corporate theft and insurance fraud. The penalties for most white collar crimes have become increasingly fierce, judges and juries are largely unsympathetic and the public opinion can be brutal.

So, why do people take the risk? What drives someone to take that kind of risk or make that kind of mistake?

Fatigue is a common factor in semitrailer crashes

You might think that the more someone drives, the better she or she will be at driving. However, this is not always the case.

While those who drive semitrailers are professionals, they may be spending so much time on the road that they get complacent with safety. Truck driver fatigue is a common factor in trucking collisions, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Who ends up on Social Security Disability?

When clients come into our office to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, they're often going through the absolute worst time of their lives. Not only are they coping with the physical or mental issues that prevent them from working -- along with tremendous financial stress -- but they also often feel guilty or embarrassed.

However, this is something every applicant for disability benefits needs to hear: Having a disabling condition is not a personal failure. Filing for benefits from Social Security is not asking for a handout.

Want a good divorce? Focus on what matters the most

Choosing to divorce isn't easy -- but it's just the first of a long series of choices you will need to make as you move forward. In many ways, every divorce is just a series of "A" and "B" choices that each individual has to make regarding things like marital property, debts, spousal support, child support, visitation schedules and parenting plans.

How do you go about making these choices?

Who is responsible for injuries from fireworks?

Every year, hospitals around the nation brace for a sudden onslaught of injury victims on and around the Fourth of July. Approximately 91,000 injury victims seek medical care on July 4 and July 5 each year due to various injuries -- many of them related to fireworks. In fact, more than half of all fireworks injuries take place during the first eight days of July.

According to an 18-year study of hospital records, fireworks injuries often involve thermal burns, bruises and cuts. Fireworks can cause eye, face, hand and finger injuries.

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