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December 2018 Archives

How much does a Kentucky DUI affect auto insurance rates?

As a resident of Kentucky currently dealing with a driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence charge, you may have very real concerns about the considerable penalties you could face, should a judge or jury convict you. Ultimately, the penalties you can expect to face will vary broadly based on factors such as the results of your breath test and whether it is your first offense. However, you may face jail time, hefty fines and substance abuse treatment obligations, among other possible repercussions.

Divorce to be affected by tax law changes

When people in Kentucky consider the possibility of divorce, they may have a new wrinkle to think about in the new year: the changing tax treatment of alimony payments. Passed as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the new tax rules will go into effect as of Jan. 1, 2019. The changes have sparked concern and many people have rushed to finalize their divorces before the end of the year in order to maintain the current tax approach. After all, the new rules will only apply to divorces concluded in 2019 and beyond, not to people who have already finalized their separation.

Joint custody is often better for children

Kentucky parents who are getting divorced should keep in mind that joint custody, not sole custody, is generally considered the best option for children. One psychologist published a study that concluded that shared parenting should be the norm for all children, including infants and toddlers. The study, which analyzed dozens of scientific studies on shared parenting and joint custody, came to the conclusion that prohibiting even young children from overnight stays with their non-custodial parents goes against modern understanding of child development.