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How occupation plays a role in divorce rate

Connecticut residents who travel for work or are employed in nightlife-related occupations have the highest rates of divorce. This is according to data from the 2015 American Community Survey that was analyzed by FlowindData. The high rates of divorce among these individuals is likely because of their need for a flexible schedule that puts pressure on the ability to have a stable relationship. There may be a link between income and divorce rates as well.

Those who work as actuaries, software developers or medical professionals are the least likely to get divorced. Some say that this may be because those who take on these roles tend to be more rational and prefer efficiency. When divorce rates are plotted on a graph, it is possible to see that divorce rates among all professionals hover around the mean rate of 35 percent.

Compromise essential to setting up co-parenting rules

Many differences in opinion could motivate people in Connecticut to divorce, but splitting parents will help their children if they can compromise about the rules for shared custody. When parents have different attitudes about raising children, they might undermine the consistency and structure that their children need between two households. A conscious focus on the best interests of the children along with a willingness to compromise could allow parents to negotiate a co-parenting plan that does not reduce the well-being of their children.

Ideally, two parents will meet face to face to discuss rules about bedtime, video games, smartphone use and what behavior deserves punishment. Successful compromises could emerge if each party gives something in order to get something. For example, a parent might allow the other parent to establish video game rules in exchange for a firm bedtime schedule.

Preventing serious workplace accident injuries

No matter what role employees play in Connecticut businesses, there are always chances that a worker could suffer an injury or illness. For example, a worker who sits at a desk could develop carpal tunnel due to repetitive movements while a construction worker could nearly miss falling from heights. Regardless of the types of risks different employees face, generally only the injuries that actually occur, and not the mere misses, are recordable to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Essentially, an accident or injury must occur before the incident can be investigated. All work injuries are treated the same. However, an increasing number of safety advocates argue that focusing on the prevention of injuries is more important and more effective. Prevention programs attempt to identify the risks that could result in serious injuries or fatalities before they occur.

Paying spousal support and tax deductions

Connecticut residents who are making alimony payments might wonder how they can make certain those payments are tax deductible. There are a few requirements. The first is that the payment has to be included in a written separation or divorce agreement, and the agreement cannot specifically say that the payment is not alimony.

The payment also must be made directly or on behalf of the recipient. Instances of the latter include payments to attorneys and mortgage lenders. There must also be an arrangement in place that the alimony ends on the death of the recipient. The payment cannot be part of child support, and it must be cash or the equivalent of cash. Finally, following the legal separation or divorce, the two people cannot live under the same roof or file a joint 1040 tax return.

Plan to address contentious child custody issues

Child custody matters are difficult for parents because you may feel that your ideas are correct. Your ex probably thinks that he knows best, too. When neither of the parents are willing to put their differences aside and work things out, the children are the ones who can suffer greatly.

Fortunately, even if you and your ex can't stand to speak to each other, there are ways that you can try to work out the contentious differences. Mediation is a common way to do this because you and your ex can still make the decisions but you have the help of a third-party mediator.

Understanding how retirement accounts get split during a divorce

When you're in the process of divorcing or realize that divorce is imminent, you may have a lot of questions and concerns. Couples may focus on the different steps of the divorce process, the division of equity in the marital home or who will get primary custody of the minor children. However, it's equally important to understand that divorce can and will have an impact on your retirement accounts.

You may think that because your retirement account is only in your name that you won't have to share its content with your spouse during the divorce. Unless you have a prenuptial agreement in place that explicitly states you will retain the entire proceeds from your retirement account, you most likely will end up splitting these retirement funds with your spouse.

Repairing water pipes may pose health hazards in Connecticut

When a water pipe breaks, it is common for workers to use the cured-in-place pipe repair technique. The process involves putting a fabric tube filled with resin into the damaged area of the pipe. It is then cured with steam, hot water or ultraviolet light to create a new pipe. Although the process is thought to be effective, it may pose health issues to workers.

This is because chemical plumes created using the CIPP method may not be water vapor as originally thought. Instead, these plumes may contain materials that cause cancer and other serious health problems. This was one of the key findings of a study conducted by researchers from Purdue University. The study looked at a pair of sanitary sewer-pipe installations as well as five storm-water pipe repairs in Indiana and California. It is believed that the CIPP process is used in roughly half of all pipe repairs conducted in the United States.

How and why a prenup could be successfully challenged

Let's say that you and your spouse signed a prenuptial agreement before you walked down the aisle together. Years have passed and you are now going through a divorce. So you review your prenuptial agreement and you start to realize that this document doesn't seem to be balanced. It seems to favor your wife or husband more than you.

This is one example of circumstances that could lead to a successful legal challenge of a prenup. It's called "unconscionability." If a prenuptial agreement is so one-sided that a judge deems it unfair upon review, then parts or all of the contract could be stricken down.

Beware of semitrucks on I-84 as they can cause crashes

Anyone who has been on I-84 knows that seeing semitrucks on that interstate is common. What many people don't realize is that driving around these large trucks can be a hazard, especially if the truckers aren't giving their full attention to driving.

It is easy to see why these truckers have to drive as safely as possible. Given its sheer size and weight, a tractor-trailer can easily crush smaller vehicles. Semitruck crashes occur for a host of reasons, but some of them you might not have thought about before.

Why Your Index Finger Is Worth More Than Your Ear

In its efforts to simplify legal matters arising from workplace injuries, the State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission has assigned specific monetary values to various body parts. What this means is that, if an individual loses the use of their finger, or hand, or arm as a result of a job-related injury or illness, he or she can easily know roughly how much financial support to receive.

The idea of figuring out how much a body part is worth is slightly disturbing. Is it fair that the loss of an index finger is "worth" less than the loss of a thumb? Or that partial blindness has a greater value than complete deafness?

Nevertheless, understanding how the state's Workers' Compensation Commission views such tragedies can relieve some of the anxiety involved in filing a claim.

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