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DUI charge results from fatal Utah crash

When a car accident results in a fatality, the driver could end up facing multiple charges. If authorities suspect that alcohol played a role, charges for DUI could result, and the fact that a fatality occurred could also lead to more serious charges being filed as well. Of course, whatever allegations may be leveled against a driver in this type of situation, he or she has the right to defend against them.

One man in Utah is currently facing such a predicament after recently being taken into custody. Reports stated that the man was driving a vehicle when he apparently lost control, which resulted in the vehicle overturning onto a grassy median. A passenger in the vehicle was partially ejected and suffered fatal injuries after the vehicle landed on top of him. 

Does divorce have to ruin your credit?

The simple answer to this question is no, it does not. There is almost always some impact to each party's credit, but it does not have to be such that your credit is in ruins.

In order to make that happen, you will need to take care of some housekeeping issues with your creditors as soon as possible after you and your ex-spouse make the decision to divorce. You need to understand the difference between joint and individual accounts, along with how allowing an "authorized user" affects those accounts.

Kids need parents' support, not vice versa, during divorce

Ending a marriage is an understandably emotional time for those going through the process. However, individuals -- parents in particular -- need to remain conscious of where they seek support and who they choose to lean on in times of distress. Some Utah parents may find themselves placing more importance on their relationships with their kids during divorce, but those kids should not be seen as pillars of support.

Though divorce may be best for some couples, it can still cause individuals to feel a sense of loneliness. As a result, some parents may find themselves telling their kids that they feel lonely when the kids are not around. Parents who do this may not necessarily see it as damaging, but it can actually cause children to feel as if it is up to them to keep parents from feeling unhappy, which can cause unnecessary stress.

It is not wise to use attorneys as therapists during divorce

Outside help is often needed when Utah residents are ending their marriages. There are many emotional, personal and financial aspects to consider during divorce that individuals may not be able to contend with on their own. However, it may be important to keep in mind that any professionals enlisted for help likely have individual roles that should not overlap.

For instance, many people utilize attorneys during their divorce cases, which can be immensely helpful. They should not, however, consider these professionals their therapists. Attorneys can provide insight on a variety of legal topics in association with a case, and while ending a marriage is an emotional journey, veering off the legal track in meetings with attorneys may not be wise.

Utah woman charged with DUI after accident

The decisions people make can sometimes land in them in troubling spots. For some, the choices they make can result in their facing criminal charges for DUI. While their actions that lead to the arrest may not have been best, they can work to make better choices moving forward as they address the formal allegations.

One woman in Utah will undoubtedly want to ensure she makes the best choices regarding her defense after recently being charged. Reports stated that the woman was driving a vehicle when she collided with another car head-on at approximately 55 mph. The driver of the second vehicle had to be rescued from the car and taken to an area hospital for treatment. It was unclear what types of injuries that person may have suffered.

Utah man facing DUI charge as a repeat offender after crash

Repeat drunk driving offenses can lead to an increase in punishment if an individual is convicted of charges. If a person does have multiple DUI arrests on his or her record, it may signal that the person has an alcohol abuse problem and needs help. Unfortunately, while looking to obtain that help, they may also have to contend with new allegations.

One man in Utah is currently facing such a predicament. Reports stated that the man had stopped at a liquor store, and as he was exiting the parking lot, he apparently did not stop before pulling on to the main roadway. As a result, his vehicle was hit by an oncoming car driven by a 16-year-old girl. The girl's 12-year-old sister was a passenger in the vehicle.

Does an expensive engagement ring signal divorce?

When individuals find the person they believe will be the love of their life, they often want to shout it to the world. As a result, many Utah residents may end up having lavish weddings as a way to show their love. However, the results of a recent study that looked at wedding costs and divorce rates may be of interest.

The report indicated that individuals who spent more on engagement rings and weddings may face a higher chance of divorcing later on. Apparently, the study involving over 3,000 people showed that men were more likely to get divorced if their weddings cost in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. Men whose weddings came in under the $1,000 mark apparently saw half the risk as the previous group of men. Additionally, women were 1.6 times more likely to get divorced if their weddings cost more than $20,000.

How is child support calculated in Utah?

When getting ready to initiate divorce proceedings, it is normal to have a lot of questions about what post-divorce life will look like for you and your children. Will you come out on top financially? Will you have the funds you need to pay child support or, on the other side, will you receive enough in child support?

To answer those questions, it is necessary to answer these questions: How is child support calculated in Utah? What does child support cover? What if, at some point, I feel I am paying too much or, on the flip side, receiving too little?

Lack of child support payments can lead to legal consequences

Having financial difficulties does not make a person a bad parent. However, not having a stable financial situation can make it hard for individuals to provide for their children and themselves. When a parent owes child support, he or she may think it best to simply not pay in order to stay afloat. Before taking this route, it may be important for Utah parents to remember that failing to make support payments can have legal consequences.

One man in another state recently faced such issues after reportedly not making child support payments for approximately 14 years. Authorities charged him with a felony count of non-support of a child, and the man chose to plead guilty to the charge. This turn of events resulted in the judge ordering the man to a year in jail and four years of post-release supervision.

Deciding alimony terms sooner rather than later may be beneficial

The financial impacts of divorce are often the ones most dreaded by individuals in Utah and elsewhere going through the process. When a person has relied solely on the income of his or her spouse or makes less than a spouse, it is possible that alimony could be awarded as part of the divorce order. However, due to tax changes that will take place next year that leave the paying party on the hook for applicable taxes, even more contention could arise surrounding spousal support.

Because the change does not take place until after the end of 2018, individuals who have already started the divorce process will likely want to get their alimony terms completed this year. Any terms finalized before the end of the year will not have to adhere to the new tax law. As a result, getting those terms on paper and part of a final judgment of divorce sooner rather than later may help reduce conflict.

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