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3 factors that determine a custody decision

Few things are more stressful than a divorce, but if you have kids, the situation can be even more difficult to handle. As you separate from your spouse, you must also determine what is best for your kids, and that is not always an easy process. Custody disputes are often complicated and contentious, but you can minimize your own stress by better understanding what to expect from the process.

One of the most common questions divorcing parents have is what factors will determine the custody ruling. There is no single formula that the courts apply, but generally, there are a few things that a judge will take into consideration if your custody case goes to court.

Steps to take if your Social Security disability claim is denied

Getting a denial notice for your Social Security disability benefits can be frustrating and discouraging. According to the Social Security Administration, an average of 77 percent of initial claims are denied. If you receive a denial letter, you may lose hope and worry that you need to find another way to support yourself. 

However, you may still be able to get the benefits you need. By appealing the denial with legal help, you have a better chance of an acceptance from the SSA. Read below to learn how you can appeal a decision. 

Common factors in distracted driving accidents

Nowadays, many Americans are in a hurry, which can lead them to eating, catching up with friends and family and otherwise engaging in distracted driving behaviors that endanger you and everyone else on the roadway. The distracted driving problem is so prevalent on the nation’s roads, in fact, that SafeStart.com reports it is a factor in about a quarter of all traffic deaths, with many distracted driving accidents sharing similar characteristics.

So, just what is it that is taking modern motorists’ attention away from the roadway?

A probate overview

Inheritance and estate plans run the gamut. They can be simple or extremely complex, but most people understand the basic concept. When somebody dies, their assets go to another person. Before that can happen, it has to go through probate—this is the part where non-lawyers can use some help. Even when there is a will, executors and family members often don’t know where to start.

Probate is the legal process of transitioning ownership. First, it places a hold on assets to make sure that the will is valid and any debts are settled. Tennessee probate court will oversee the reading of a will to make sure that assets go to the people who are supposed to get them.

How divorce can ruin your credit score

There's no getting around the fact that divorce hits people hard in all areas of their lives. It doesn't matter whether the divorce was initiated by you, or not. If there are children from the marriage, if you're both angry and upset, and if one or both of you need to find new places to live, divorce comes with so much stress that it sometimes feels like it's going to ruin your life forever.

One area that divorce negatively affects is your credit--if you aren't careful about how you handle things. Be prepared for these three related problems that could drive down your credit score.

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