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The division of marital assets in a Tennessee divorce

The dissolution of a marriage typically comes with many emotional and financial challenges. One of the most complex parts of the financial aspect of a divorce is the division of marital assets.

Not every state handles the splitting of marital assets in the same way. Understanding Tennessee's specific property division laws is critical for achieving the outcome you want when it comes to the division of your marital property during divorce.

Sleepy drivers could place you at a higher risk for an accident

When other drivers make poor decisions, it can result in serious accidents and injuries for innocent motorists. One of these decisions is to get behind the wheel and drive while tired. Drowsy driving is a significant problem, yet it is vastly underreported. Tired drivers may be one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee and across the country.

If you have ever driven your vehicle while a little sleepy, you are not alone. It is quite common for drivers to be a little fatigued while behind the wheel. There is a difference between being a slightly tired and feeling overly exhausted to the point where a driver can no longer make safe decisions behind the wheel. Exhausted drivers are more prone to making poor decisions and driving recklessly.

Trust your hunch if you think your spouse is hiding assets

Divorce is never easy, and situations often get worse before they get better when it comes to negotiating terms for a settlement. When you decided to divorce, you hoped to keep things amicable and navigate the process with as little stress as possible. You were more worried about your kids than any other issue; however, once they convinced you they were going to be fine, you felt more at ease.

Although your children's best interests are still your central focus, there are other nagging issues occupying your mind these days as well, such as what happened to the money in your joint bank account. You are quite certain some of it is missing. Other Tennessee spouses who have experienced similar problems later found out their spouses were trying to hide assets before property division proceedings began.

Speeding drivers make Tennessee roads dangerous

Higher speed limits often seem like a good idea. Some people see it as an opportunity to get to their destination faster, while others simply enjoy the ability to travel at higher rates of speed than they have in the past.

Unfortunately, higher speed limits can also be dangerous. Research shows that the likelihood of an accident increases with speed, making Tennessee roads that boast higher limits especially dangerous.

Who gets to make custody decisions during divorce?

Child custody is perhaps the most complex and emotionally challenging issue in a divorce. The end of a marriage can be difficult on the youngest members of the family, but it can be useful to work on a way to avoid unnecessary complications. You can work toward this goal by taking the time to understand more about your rights and options.

It's normal to have concerns about what will happen to your kids after the divorce is final. Every divorce and every family is different, and it can be useful for you to understand how custody decisions happen and who gets to make them, as well as how you can protect your interests as a parent.

Is distracted driving becoming harder to avoid?

It's no mystery that distracted driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do, endangering thousands of lives and injuring thousands more. When cellphones first began gaining popularity, laws were slow to evolve, but soon lawmakers warned you and other drivers in Tennessee to use only hands-free devices.

Despite this, the rate of accidents caused by distracted drivers continued to rise, and studies revealed that hands-free doesn't necessarily mean distraction-free. In fact, taking your mind off the road may be as dangerous as taking your eyes from the road. Even with these findings, car manufacturers continue to cram dozens of distracting options onto the dashboards, consoles and steering wheels of their new models.

Silence isn't golden when it involves medical mistakes

If you are like many people, as the date of your surgery approached, you found yourself dwelling more often on what could go wrong. After all, surgery -- even the most routine procedure -- involves a great deal of trust in near-total strangers. Friends may have tried to console you by reminding you that the surgeon had done hundreds, maybe thousands, of these operations, and that everything would be fine. Nevertheless, it was natural for you to feel nervous.

So, how did the surgery go? Did your doctor come to your room and declare that everything went great? Do you think your surgeon told the truth?

Will a 5-finger discount mean a 10-year sentence?

Most retailers, especially national and international chains, build shrink into their budgets. Shrink is the retail term for loss due to damage, mistakes in inventory and theft. Retailers may spend a lot of money on theft protection, including cameras and chip detectors that send off alarms if you try to slip by without paying for an item.

Still, people will continue to shoplift. Some do it for the thrill, others because an illness compels them and others because they can't afford an item they need. Your recent arrest for shoplifting may not have been your first. However, you may have been shocked when authorities charged you with a felony.

You and your spouse divorce: Can you still share a home?

When you got married, if someone were to have told you that you'd one day be divorced but still sharing a home with your former spouse, you'd likely have thought it was a crazy idea. Now, here you are, however, many years later, facing decisions regarding whether to uproot your children and enter the challenging process of transporting them between houses or allowing them to continue living where they've lived during your marriage. The idea posed earlier in your marriage doesn't sound so crazy anymore.

In fact, so many people have come on board with this idea that has come to be colloquially known as the nesting process. If maintaining stability in your children's lives as they adapt to your divorce is a high priority to you, you may want to consider this option.

Are you tired of hearing about fatigued trucker accidents?

Like every state in the union, Tennessee sees its share of big rigs. Thousands of them travel the interstates and highways on their way to who knows where. Many pass through without a trace, but some leave an indelible mark on the people they encounter. Far too many news stories involve the serious injury or death of someone who unexpectedly encountered a tired truck driver.

Truck drivers spend several hours on the road each day. Anyone who has driven hundreds of miles in one day knows that it can make you tired. That might seem counterintuitive, considering you are just sitting, but it takes a surprising amount of energy. When a truck driver fails to take the time to recharge, it can provide a recipe for disaster.

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