Obtaining a driver's license is an important rite of passage for most teenagers. As new drivers, however, teens may be more likely to make mistakes that result in serious accidents. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), despite recent efforts to keep teens safe, drivers ages 15 to 20 are still 1.6 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults. In fact, teen crash fatalities increased 10 percent in 2015, the first uptick since 2006.
A survey conducted by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University identified a new trend in divorce. In 1990, divorce was largely an issue for younger couples. Less than 10 percent of all divorces were comprised of people over 50 at that point. As of 2014, the percentage had risen to 25. There are many potential explanations for the shift, from the reduced stigma attached to divorce to increasing longevity. Whatever the cause, the bottom line is that more people over the age of 50 are choosing to terminate an unhappy marriage.
It should come as no surprise that automobile accidents are a growing problem in the United States. In fact, more than 35,000 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2015, and approximately $4 million more were injured. These statistics don't take into account minor injuries and property damage.
When Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from husband Brad Pitt after two years of marriage, shock waves rippled throughout the celebrity and legal universes. At the same time, the rumor mill began turning in earnest. People wondered if one of them had an affair, was abusive to the other (or the couple's six children) or was a substance abuser.
Divorce is evolving. While some still think of it as a drawn-out courtroom drama, more and more, it does not have to be that way. When appropriate, we focus on helping our clients find collaborative solutions to the legal issues in their divorces, often keeping stress and costs lower.