Mistakes to Avoid When Getting a Divorce

An Indiana divorce could be a complicated and emotional process, and there are things you can do to make the situation worse. They are completely avoidable. Divorcing couples need to think things through and not respond emotionally, two things that can be difficult for some people. You may be angry, upset and feel the life you planned for yourself is being robbed from you, but it doesn’t justify making these mistakes. DO NOT . . . Use your child as a pawn: “Parental alienation” is an all-too-common problem for divorcing parents. Kids are used as pawns in the divorce battle and directly or indirectly asked to choose sides, which is a no-win situation for a child. Degrading your spouse or[…..]

Considerations for Postnuptial and Prenuptial Agreements

An Indiana divorce can drain you of energy, emotion and dollars. Two potential ways to prevent or lessen those losses are prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. They are agreements made between the parties either before (prenuptial) or after (postnuptial) they’re married. These agreements can spell out how various issues (but not child custody or support) will be resolved in case the parties end their marriage. Without one of these agreements, under Indiana law all property brought into a marriage or acquired during it is joined together and will be subject to division in a divorce. Under Kentucky law, property is deemed marital or nonmarital. The division of property starts with a presumption of an even split; then one party can argue[…..]

Drug Use Worse in Single Parent Families and Those of Low Income

The destruction caused by the use of illegal drugs isn’t felt uniformly across Indiana, Kentucky or the rest of the United States. A recent study shows differences aren’t based on geography but on social and economic factors such as the divorce rate and the availability of medical care from government sources. According to Vice, the study by Syracuse University researchers, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, found: There’s no significant difference between rural and urban drug overdose rates. High rates of divorce and a greater share of single-parent households were most connected to counties with higher rates of drug deaths. The second biggest contributing factors were economic indicators, including how many people are dependent on the mining industry[…..]

Will the Elderly Have Their Own #MeToo Movement?

Millions of elderly Americans suffer some form of abuse every year. While women suffering sexual harassment at work were able to publicize the abuse they’ve had to suffer, older Americans largely suffer in silence. In an effort to bring attention to the issue, the United Nations has named June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. There are many types of elder abuse and victims may have to deal with more than one at the same time, according to the National Council on Aging. Physical abuse: inflicting physical pain or injury. Sexual abuse: Touching, fondling, intercourse or other sexual activity with an older adult if he or she can’t understand what’s going on, doesn’t consent, is threatened or forced to[…..]

Has the Time for Federal Criminal Justice Reform Come and Gone?

It seems like it was only yesterday that the federal criminal justice system started inching toward a better path, away from filling countless prisons with people convicted of non-violent crimes. But the momentum seems to have slowed, and many reformers are wondering if there’s still hope on the horizon for meaningful changes. It looks as if we are failing to heed Albert Einstein’s warning that “[i]nsanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.” However, we aren’t necessarily doomed to repeat the past. It’s worth taking the time to consider why the conversation over criminal justice is just as relevant as it’s ever been. Many Advocates are Fighting the Good Fight… Criminal justice reform[…..]

Curious About Your Ancestors? Using That DNA Website to Learn More Could Land You in Jail

DNA evidence has long been used by Kentucky law enforcement to try to find criminal suspects. Police in California used a commercial DNA business advertised as one to help customers track down family members to help it provide enough evidence to justify arresting a suspect believed to have committed a dozen killings, 45 rapes and more than 120 burglaries, the last one committed, as far as police know, 22 years ago. The man known as the Golden State Killer and the East Area Rapist was the subject of a cold case, one where investigators couldn’t come up with enough evidence for an arrest. They got creative and used DNA evidence to arrest James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer living[…..]

A Higher Minimum Wage Could Mean Fewer People in Jail

The easier it is for those released from jail in Indiana to support themselves legitimately, the less likely it is that they will return to committing crime and end up back in jail. Part of that could be a higher minimum wage and increased earned income tax credits (EITCs), according to a recent study by Clemson University economics professor Michael Makowsky and Amanda Agan, an economics professor at Rutgers University. They estimate that for every dollar the minimum wage increases, there is a one percent decrease in those going back to crime after being released from incarceration. There’s a bigger impact in states where earned income tax credits wage subsidies are available, though only for women. Most of the discussion[…..]

The Federal Estate Tax Has Changed, but It Still Exists.

Changes to the federal tax system enacted in December impacted but didn’t end the estate tax — at least, for the time being. The revision eased the burden of taxation, and as time goes by fewer and fewer Indiana families will have to deal with it, but it’s still on the books and will remain there. Depending on how much wealth you have, you may still need estate planning if you want to avoid or minimize the estate tax. The new federal tax law doubles the amount of money that’s automatically exempt from the federal estate tax, to about $11 million for an estate of a person who’s unmarried or $22 million for a married couple. The relaxation of the[…..]

No One Should Be Above the Law, Including Police Officers

Police officers perform a critical role in society. Without proper law enforcement, chaos would be widespread and people would take the law into their own hands. The police and law enforcement are important to Indiana, but officers who break the law and violate constitutional rights need to be accountable. Without this, society could descend into a different kind of chaos — one where law enforcement officers decide what the law is and how it should be enforced and who act as judge and jury. If a law enforcement officer violates a person’s constitutional rights, the victim may have recourse through federal and state laws. A primary reason civil rights laws exist is to protect citizens from abuses by government, including[…..]

Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney

Indiana criminal defense attorneys can’t take at face value prosecution claims and evidence supposedly found during an investigation. They have to be verified for their accuracy, that they’re genuine and the source of the evidence or claim is legitimate. We need to know whether evidence has been fabricated or obtained illegally and whether evidence pointing to another suspect has been ignored. If so, it may result in charges being dropped by the prosecution or a jury finding of not guilty. Much of this depends on relying on prosecutors to act in good faith and honesty, but unfortunately that’s not always true. Human Rights Watch accuses the federal government of secretly supplying evidence to local police and prosecutors to help them[…..]