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Criminal defense: Police charge man with history of DUIs

Michigan police recently arrested a man for allegedly getting behind the wheel of his vehicle while intoxicated. According to reports, the man also attempted to flee from police on foot. As this is not his first DUI offense, timely and careful attention to criminal defense may be helpful in minimizing some of the legal consequences he is facing.

The 37-year-old man was apparently driving with his high beams on at around 1 a.m., but he failed to dim them when he came across a police officer. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver refused to pull over. Instead, he continued driving before suddenly parking in a private residence driveway. At that point, he got out of his pickup truck and then tried to flee the scene on foot.

Does family law protect against hidden assets?

You already know that you and your ex must divide your marital property during a divorce. However, before doing so, you must first disclose and value all of these assets. While you might have dutifully provided all of the necessary information, there is no guarantee that your ex did the same. Unfortunately, hiding assets is not an uncommon family law issue in the state of Michigan.

Hiding assets is about more than your ex "misplacing" a household item or claiming that he or she does not know what happened to a few documents. In many cases, there is systemic scheming to conceal money or items of valuable. This means that a seemingly fair division of marital assets might actually be incredibly one-sided, leaving your ex with far more than he or she is entitled to.

Are millennials bucking family law trends?

From ruining industries to taking on too much debt, millennials in Michigan tend to take a lot of flak for their life choices. However, there may not be much to criticize in the latest industry they are accused of disrupting -- the divorce industry. For a number of reasons, this generation of young adults are encountering fewer family law issues than their parents.

Between 2008 and 2016, the divorce rate fell by 18 percent. While some think that fewer divorces is the result of fewer marriages, experts caution against this assumption. Instead, it may be down to millennials attitudes toward marriage. While baby boomers tended to marry young no matter their life circumstances, many young adults today first establish themselves in their careers before going on to tie the knot. So what does having a career have to do with declining divorce rates?

Comparative fault and your personal injury claim

There are a few key elements to any personal injury case. In the state of Michigan, comparative fault is one of those elements.

Before you pursue a case, it can be helpful to understand how it will affect your personal injury claim. Here are a few key facts to be aware of.

Prenuptial agreements make family law issues easier

Thinking of marriage as "till death do us part" is a nice sentiment, but it is not always a reality. Divorce is a part of life that many people in Michigan will have to deal with, and it is usually best to be prepared. Prenuptial agreements are helpful in this manner as they can lay the groundwork for addressing complicated family law issues. 

While it might not seem like an issue to marry a partner who has considerably fewer assets, potential problems can arise during divorce. As young adults tend to put off marriage, many have the time to accumulate valuable property, such as real estate, vehicles, retirement savings and more. Conversely, there is also time to build up large amounts of debt. A prenup can clearly define which assets and debts are whose and how they should be handled during a divorce. 

In a truck-car crash, who is liable for your injuries?

Let us say that you are driving your SUV when the 18-wheeler in the next lane suddenly swerves and hits you.

Fortunately, your vehicle absorbs much of the impact, but you sustain a broken arm and shattered kneecap. Who is responsible for your injuries?

Family law: Handling child support in joint custody situations

The average Michigan family probably looks much different than it did 10 or 20 years ago. Not only do many households now have two adults working outside of the home, but family law issues are changing too. Joint custody is increasingly the norm in cases of divorced parents, but that has some questioning how they should handle child support issues. 

In general, child support is usually paid by the noncustodial parent -- often the father -- to the parent with primary physical custody. Now that research has demonstrated that most kids fare better after divorce when their parents choose a joint custody arrangement, the idea of what child support should be is changing. In many ways it is seen as an equalizer, especially when the higher earning parent is the one who pays. 

Personal injury: Truck crashes through bank lobby

Most people in Michigan understand that they risk being injured in a wreck when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Few, if any, expect to be hit by a car and suffer a personal injury while standing inside of their bank. Unfortunately, this exact situation played out recently, sending several people to the hospital. 

The wreck occurred somewhere around 3:30 p.m., when a pickup truck reportedly left the roadway and traveled into the parking lot of a Chase Bank. The driver then struck a parked van and kept going, crashing into the bank's lobby and then out the other side of the building, where it finally stopped after hitting a pole. Three people were in the parked van at the time of the wreck, all of whom suffered injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. 

Criminal defense: Hit-and-run accident leads to charges

Michigan police arrested a woman believed to have been involved in a deadly drunk driving collision. Although she allegedly fled the scene of the crime, authorities were able to locate the suspected driver a short while later. Crafting a strong criminal defense is essential when facing serious charges such as these. 

The hit-and-run accident happened shortly before 4 p.m., when witnesses say they saw a woman strike a bicyclist with her vehicle. Instead of stopping, she fled the scene. The witnesses who were at the scene of the wreck provided police with license plate information for the SUV, which they then used to track down the suspect later that same day. 

Fortnite -- the newest family law issue

Playing video games as a hobby or a means to relax and unwind is fairly common in Michigan. Unfortunately, some people claim their spouses are taking gaming too far, and it is leading to a variety of family law issues. Increasingly, online multi-player games are pushing some couples toward divorce. 

The World Health Organization decided to include "gaming disorder" in a list of acknowledged mental health problems. Although this change came in the summer of 2018, it mirrored what many people already knew -- gaming can be addictive. Fortnite in particular seems to be particularly problematic, with a worldwide following of over 100 million players. 

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