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A prenup lets couples take care of asset division in advance

No Utah couple gets engaged to be married believing the marriage will end in divorce, but that does not mean that the parties cannot be prepared for the eventuality by negotiating and executing a prenuptial agreement. Asset division is often the most contentious part of any divorce proceeding. Taking care of this part of the process ahead of time will save the parties both time and money if they later decide to divorce.

Nearly every Utah couple could benefit from a prenuptial agreement, but there are some circumstances under which a prenup could be considered a necessity. People who have children from prior relationships might wish to ensure that assets are set aside for them in the event of their own demise. Anyone who owns a business, or has interests in one or more businesses, would benefit from a prenup to ensure that those interests remain with the business. If a party is expecting to receive an inheritance, those assets can be protected as well.

Man arrested for driving under the influence of drugs

People in a city here in Utah began making calls to the local police department after witnessing a man acting strangely. By the time police located the vehicle in question, it had smashed into the garage of a home in the area. The driver was taken into custody for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief, along with fleeing the scene of a crash. 

The first calls to 911 were because witnesses supposedly saw the accused man sitting on a motorcycle while pretending to ride it. He is then accused of getting into his car and driving away and hitting "a few" cars before ramming through the garage door of a home, which pushed the vehicle that was already in it into the home itself. He also supposedly used a guitar to break some car windows.

Graduation is just one event parents attend in or after divorce

When Utah parents are going through a divorce, it can be an emotional roller coaster ride. Depending on the circumstances, the parties might not be able to get through the divorce without ill feelings. This means that it can be a challenge for ex-spouses to be in the same room during and after the divorce without coming to some sort of agreement.

It could take some time, but most parents realize that their feelings for each other need to take a backseat to the needs of the children. They can then recognize that those special events that occur in the lives of their children deserve to be celebrated without worrying about whether their parents will be able to get along. The one thing that Utah parents will always share is their children.

Car accident could result in DUI charges for driver

When impairment is suspected in an accident here in Utah, the driver suspected of driving under the influence could face serious charges. If the crash resulted in the serious injury or death of anyone involved, the charges could be upgraded to felony DUI. If that happens, the potential penalties could be much more severe.

A pickup truck driver recently involved in an accident involving another vehicle could be facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol. Preliminary police reports suggest that the man somehow lost control of his pickup on a turn and hit the second vehicle. Fortunately, the pickup truck driver was not seriously hurt, but the two occupants who were in the second vehicle suffered significant injuries.

Think about the future to get through a divorce

Many Utah residents are understandably focused on the past when they are ending their marriage. It can feel as though thinking about the future is a betrayal. However, it is necessary to think about how an individual wants his or her future to be in order to negotiate a divorce settlement.

It is nearly impossible for a person to get where he or she wants to be without making a road map to get there. This often requires the ability to begin thinking in terms of "me" versus "we," as it was during the marriage. Determining what is needed to create a new single life will help with the settlement negotiations since having a plan provides focus.

Was boy's death the result of a DUI?

Sadly, an 8-year-old Utah boy lost his life in a traffic accident just one day after his birthday. The story of how he died, however, is currently subject to controversy. The question is whether his death was the result of a DUI, or if it was just a tragic accident.

The boy had received a skateboard for his birthday and was out riding it on the street. According to his grandmother, he was sitting on it at the time because he did not yet know how to ride it. At the same time, a family with small children was walking on the other side of the street.

Utah woman arrested for DUI after rollover crash

Local authorities recently responded to the scene of a car accident involving a single vehicle. The occupants of the SUV could not be readily located, but were apparently found a short time later. The Utah Highway Patrol took the driver into custody on suspicion of DUI.

According to preliminary reports, an SUV was traveling on Minersville Highway State Route 130 at approximately 3:15 a.m. when it left the roadway and crashed into a utility pole. The power pole broke in half when the SUV rolled into it. When sheriff's deputies arrived, it was initially believed that this was a fatal accident because the 21-year-old driver and her 38-year-old passenger were nowhere to be seen.

School bus driver is facing charges for DUI

A woman who drives a school bus for a Utah school district was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. She could be facing charges for DUI once the official investigation is completed. Furthermore, the school district for which she works is conducting its own internal investigation, which means that the woman could also lose her job.

An aid and some special needs children were on the bus when police initiated the traffic stop on a recent Tuesday afternoon. However, no indication was given regarding what probable cause officers had to make the stop. The officers claim to have smelled alcohol when they spoke to the driver.

A child custody agreement can help avoid common mistakes

Many Utah parents who are ending their marriages might be concerned that they will somehow make mistakes that will damage their children mentally in the years to come. Parenting during good times can be a challenge, but doing so after a divorce can seem like an insurmountable task. A child custody agreement can help avoid some common mistakes that well-intentioned parents make post-divorce.

Emotions are of at an all-time high during a divorce. It is said that there is a fine line between love and hate, and many people might say that realization came during a divorce. Putting aside those emotions in order to do what is best for the children can be a challenge, but it is a task that most Utah parents strive to conquer.

Single car accident results in DUI and other charges

Recently, police responded to reports of a single car accident near Dixie State University here in Utah. Upon arrival, they discovered a wrecked car and its driver. The driver allegedly fled the scene and, upon his capture, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and other charges.

Reports indicate that the vehicle allegedly failed to stop at two stop signs before it crashed into a fence. When police attempted to question the driver, he supposedly jumped over the fence and fled. He was apprehended and brought back to the scene. The officer who chased the man reported that the man was not running straight and kept tripping.

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