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What can I include in my prenup under Connecticut law?

Many people these days wait until their career is firmly established before getting married. Other people are entering their second or subsequent marriage later in life. And, some people who are looking to walk down the aisle already have a significant amount of wealth in their name. In any of these scenarios, it may be prudent for these couples to execute a prenuptial agreement -- known as a premarital agreement in Connecticut -- to protect their interests in the event of a high-asset divorce.

Connecticut law lists the various topics that can be included in a prenup. As many people already know, a prenup can dictate which spouse is to receive which assets in the event of a divorce. However, a prenup can also outline the rights and obligations each party has to any assets they own, whether these are separate assets or marital assets. In addition, a prenup can include provisions regarding which spouse has the right to manage and control separate and marital assets.

Spring safety checklist for motorcyclists

Spring comes later to New England than it does to many other regions of the country. That's one reason why motorcycle enthusiasts are usually chomping at the bit to get in that first spring ride.

But don't put the cart before the horse. Before setting out on your first ride on Connecticut's roads, make sure that your bike is ready to take a safe ride.

Can you move out of Connecticut with your child post-divorce?

When parents in Connecticut divorce, they will establish a child custody and visitation plan, with the aim of allowing the child to spend meaningful time with each parent. However, life is ever-changing and sometimes a custodial parent will want to move away with the child. For example, the custodial parent may get a better job in another area of Connecticut or even out-of-state. Or, the custodial parent might want to relocate to be closer to family. It is important to understand what is required of parents who want to relocate with their child.

If either parent wishes to relocate with their child post-divorce in a way that would significantly affect their current parenting plan, the parent wishing to relocate has the burden to prove the following. First, the relocation must have a legitimate purpose. Second, the location being proposed for the move must be reasonable given the proposed legitimate purpose. Finally, the move must be in the child's best interests.

You may need to advocate for a rental after a wreck

If you were involved in an auto accident where your vehicle was damaged or totaled, along with any injuries that you might have suffered, the loss of use of your vehicle has life-altering consequences. You need to get back on the road quickly to avoid suffering any further adverse consequences of the at-fault driver's negligence.

While some auto insurance companies are better than others about covering rental car charges when their insured was at fault, most will only reimburse rental car costs later. That can be problematic for claimants who don't have access to a line of credit or lack the cash to cover the rental fees.

What elements must I satisfy in my medical malpractice claim?

No one in Connecticut enjoys being sick. Sometimes our ailments are minor -- such as the common cold -- and simply staying at home and resting is enough to make us better. However, if we have an infection, a serious illness such as cancer or a serious injury such as head trauma, we need to turn to medical professionals for treatment.

Most of the time, our physicians, surgeons and nurses fulfill their duty of care toward patients. However, these medical professionals sometimes make mistakes. They may misdiagnose an illness, operate on the wrong part of the body or prescribe the wrong medication. When these mistakes happen, they can cause the patient to suffer a worsened condition. If such situations cause the patient to incur significant medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income, then the patient may want to learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice claim.

When is a broken bone from a car crash a long-term health issue?

Getting into a serious motor vehicle crash can cause catastrophic injuries. Almost everyone has heard horror stories about brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that left someone completely changed in the wake of a crash.

If you're only injury in a motor vehicle accident was a broken bone, you might feel quite fortunate. After all, modern trauma care is so advanced that you likely won't have any residual issue from the injury.

Car accidents in Connecticut can lead to whiplash

Those in Connecticut who have experienced whiplash can attest to just how painful and debilitating this injury can be. Whiplash takes place when a person's head is jolted back and forth, causing the tendons in their neck to stretch and tear. Motor vehicle accidents, falls, contact sports accidents, bicycle accidents and blows to the head are common causes of whiplash.

Symptoms of whiplash do not always manifest themselves right away. Sometimes it may take as many as 24 hours for a person to develop symptoms of whiplash. Some common symptoms of whiplash include headaches, pain and stiffness in the neck, fatigue, blurred vision and dizziness. Less common symptoms of whiplash include problems with one's ability to concentrate and remember things, poor sleep, chronic pain and irritability.

What happens to credit card debt in a Connecticut divorce?

Most people in Connecticut going through the divorce process understand that they'll have to divide their property. They will have to decide what to do with the family home and who will get the furniture, electronics, jewelry and other assets accumulated during their marriage. However, what they may not initially realize is that they will also have to divide their debts.

One major source of debt for many Connecticut couples is credit card debt. Spouses will have to determine who will be responsible for their jointly-held credit card debt. However, just because a divorce decree states that one spouse will pay off the credit card debt may not mean that the other spouse is off the hook for any missed payments. This is because credit card issuers are not bound by divorce decrees. Both spouses are contractually obligated to pay back any debt that is in their name.

Some drugs can lead to birth defects if taken while pregnant

When a woman in Connecticut is pregnant, not only must she have regular medical care to ensure she is healthy, but also to ensure her baby is healthy. Of course, it is possible to fall ill while pregnant. However, certain medications that may be innocuous to a non-pregnant individual can be very harmful to a pregnant woman or her baby. It is essential that physicians keep this in mind when prescribing a medication to a pregnant patient.

Certain drugs, referred to as teratogens, can cause birth defects. For example, in the 1950s and 1960s a medication called Thalidomide was commonly used as a sedative and to prevent nausea. However, it was found that mothers who took this drug while pregnant had infants who were born with severe limb defects. More recently, Accutane, a prescription acne medication, was found to cause babies to be born with deformed faces and brain defects if the medication was used during pregnancy.

Why you should always seek treatment after a car-bike wreck

You're out for a weekend ride on your bike one early spring weekend hoping to blow out some of the winter cobwebs from your brain and get back into a cycling routine. Out of nowhere, a car pulls into your path, leaving you with nowhere to go.

As you pick yourself up off the ground, you realize that you are lucky to be alive and in one piece. Surprisingly, even your bicycle seems to have made it through the collision with only some paint scraped off its frame. The driver checking on you doesn't appear to be intoxicated or impaired, and you decide to accept their heartfelt apology and agree to go your separate ways, both glad your collision wasn't far more serious.

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