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Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of PTSD

A motor vehicle accident can be terrifying. Dealing with insurance and potential medical bills only add to the stress of the event.

Yet, what do you do if your injuries aren't physical? Experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident is common and understandable. Motor vehicle accidents have been among the most common causes of PTSD for the last 15 years.

How to help young children cope with divorce

Divorce may come easily to you; maybe it's what you've wanted for years. Or, maybe it's tough, the end of a marriage you never honestly thought would end until it did. You have a lot of things you need to work through as you move forward with your life.

Either way, as a parent, you need to put your children first. Remember that this is probably difficult for them either way. They may feel abandoned, sad, confused or even angry. Young children may not understand exactly what is happening or why, and this helplessness makes it that much harder.

Credit card debt and divorce: Some do’s and dont’s

When you decide to divorce, it's natural to think long and hard about the property division process. This may lead you to create a property division checklist, make note of what's separate and what's marital property and keep an eye out for hidden assets.

As you do all this, you should also focus on any credit card debt that you have with your spouse. This may not be as interesting to you as dividing assets, but it's still a big part of the divorce process.

How to teach your children to avoid dog attack incidents

Imagine your child walks a short distance to school every morning, but there are several dogs that run around untethered in your neighborhood. Although you call animal control every time you see one of these animals, it seems that there's always the chance a new dog will show up and threaten the safety of your child when you least expect it.

It's time to prepare your child for an unknown dog encounter, so that they can avoid getting attacked and hurt if the animal turns aggressive. Here are some important safety tips to teach your son or daughter in this regard:

Viewing child custody proceedings as a battle is bad for kids

Getting divorced is it an emotionally complex process. People often experience the different stages of grief as they head toward the end of their marriage. They may also experience extreme frustration at how long it takes to go from filing divorce to finalizing divorce. This process is even longer when you have minor children.

Protracted divorce proceedings can sometimes lead to a build-up of intense emotions. That can lead both parents in a divorce to push as hard as possible for their preferred outcome. Unfortunately, when parents choose to fight it out over custody, the children are the ones who lose.

Can I modify my child custody orders?

Your life -- and the lives of your ex-spouse and children -- are bound to experience numerous changes in the years that follow your child custody agreement and/or child custody orders. Fortunately, however, you may be able to change your child custody agreement and/or child custody orders in the event that new life circumstances require it.

Imagine that you or your spouse get a new job opportunity that has a different schedule or is located in a different part of the country. Or, imagine your children acquire new schedules or develop different kinds of needs. If you are facing changing circumstances like these, here are two ways to pursue a child custody modification:

Can I pursue a claim for pain and suffering damages?

If you've been seriously hurt in a Mississippi car accident, you're probably dealing with a lot of challenges as you struggle to pay for medical care and heal from your injuries. You may also be dealing with financial challenges due to lost income because you're not able to work while you get better.

There's no doubt that the financial costs of your car accident injuries are immense, and many car accident victims can pursue financial claims to recover these costs from the party at fault for their injuries. If you're like most accident victims, however, you're probably dealing with intangible damages relating to emotional and physical pain and suffering.

How will divorce affect you financially? Here are 3 ways

As the higher earner in a relationship, you may think that your divorce won't affect you much. However, the reality is that your finances are likely to be impacted in some way. Divorces are expensive, but that's not the only reason your finances might be affected.

Another reason your finances could be affected during divorce is because you won't live with someone who has his or her own job. You will take on more expenses and there's the likelihood that you could have to pay child support or alimony. Here's a little more on these expenses.

Truck drivers can cause catastrophic injuries to other drivers

Most people with a license understand that there's some risk inherent in the process of driving a motor vehicle. Every time you get in a vehicle, whether as a driver or a passenger, there's the potential for something to happen. Your vehicle could have mechanical issues that result in loss of control. Inclement weather could make the roads unsafe. You could also cross paths with someone who isn't making safety on the road a priority.

Unsafe drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated, exhausted or distracted put everyone else on the road at risk. Their driving practices dramatically increase the risk of a crash for them and everyone else on the road with them. When those unsafe drivers are in charge of massive commercial vehicles, the end result could be tragic.