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Study gains insight into why people divorce

A successful marriage in Kentucky generally requires commitment from both parties. According to a study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, there are four common reasons why people decide to end their marriages. The study asked 2,371 heterosexual individuals with an average age of 45 why they chose not to remain married. Of those who participated, 44% started divorce proceedings while 40% said that their former spouse opted for divorce. Roughly four out of 10 respondents said that they had a low level of conflict in their splits.

The most common reason cited by study participants was a lack of love or intimacy. Both male and female respondents said that they had eventually lost feelings for their significant other before getting divorced. A lack of trust and respect in the relationship was another common reason why couples chose to end their marriages.

Older drivers distracted by touchscreens, other in-vehicle tech

Many in Kentucky drive "smart cars" with high-tech devices involving touchscreens and voice command features. While these devices are meant to reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road, they still tend to be confusing, especially to older drivers. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that older drivers become more distracted than younger drivers do by this in-vehicle technology.

For this study, researchers at the University of Utah had two groups, one composed of drivers aged 21 to 36 and the other composed of drivers aged 55 to 75, use in-vehicle tech while operating a 2018 model vehicle on the road. Among the tasks they performed were sending texts, dialing phone numbers, plotting navigation and setting up music to play.

Why are millennials getting prenups?

You may have heard about millennials looking into and getting prenuptial agreements (prenups). The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently reported half of the participating lawyers in the survey saw an increase in millennials seeking prenups. 62% of lawyers observed a higher number of prenups from 2013 to 2016.

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Front-end crash injuries more likely among women than men

Kentucky drivers should know that front-end collisions are the most typical kind of car crash. After analyzing nearly 23,000 such collisions that occurred from 1998 to 2015, researchers came to several intriguing conclusions, which were published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. It turns out that women are 73% more likely than men to be injured in these crashes even when they are wearing a three-point seatbelt.

Female car occupants are especially prone to injuries involving the spine, abdomen and legs. Ailments to the spine and lower extremities are precisely what newer model vehicles can reduce the risk for. However, researchers found that the aforementioned trend among women applies both to vehicles made in the most recent decade (2009 to 2019) and older vehicles.

DUI crash deaths peak on July Fourth

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense that can lead to first-time offenders being fined and going to jail for upwards of a year. Of course, DUI crashes also result in many fatalities. Kentucky residents should know that the most DUI-related fatalities occur on the Fourth of July. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1,195 such fatalities occurred on this holiday between 2010 and 2017.

DUI-related fatalities go up 57% during the Fourth of July weekend compared to any equivalent summer day. For example, 184 people died during the Independence Day weekend in 2017. Taking a comparable period of four to five summer days, it was found that an average of 117 people died.

How joint assets are split in Kentucky

Since Kentucky is an equitable division state, marital assets are divided equitably as opposed to equally. There are several factors that go into determining how marital assets are split, which may include the length of the marriage as well as how much a given item is worth. If a spouse chose to stay at home during the marriage, his or her contributions to the household may be considered when determining how to divide joint property.

A married couple may be able to decide on its own how to negotiate an end to a relationship. However, any agreement that a couple creates will still need to be reviewed by a judge. If the agreement seems unfair or illegal in any way, all or part of it could be rejected. It is worth noting that Kentucky has passed the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act (UDCPRDA).

Summer driving can be dangerous for teens

Parents in Kentucky may be especially concerned about their teen drivers in the summer months. As school comes to an end and many teens pursue active schedules of jobs, parties, internships and summer fun, they spend much more time behind the wheel. However, teens are also inexperienced drivers with a significantly greater risk of motor vehicle accidents when behind the wheel. Summer roads are often crowded with vacationers, and the increased traffic on the road can be even more difficult for teen drivers to navigate.

Statistics show that parents' concerns about the safety of summer driving are well-placed, especially when teens are involved. The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day mark a high point for various types of motor vehicle accidents. Health professionals and emergency workers say that the summer months are some of their busiest. Not all of the increase in emergencies is due to auto accidents; many summer activities and outdoor events carry dangers of their own. However, drivers may want to pay special attention to safety when the roads fill with teens and vacationers. Ford Motor Co. says that the summer months are particularly dangerous to teen drivers due to the high number of accidents during this period.

Driving while drowsy, a dangerous trend

Drowsy driving is to blame for 9.5% of all car accidents, according to a AAA study made back in 2018. In a survey, also conducted by AAA, nearly one third of respondents admitted to having trouble keeping their eyes open behind the wheel at least once in the previous month. Kentucky residents should know that this trend is growing and is also, where there are no comprehensive public transit systems, inevitable.

Yet drivers can reduce the risk for a crash by taking precautions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seven hours of sleep every night. Even drivers feel tired even with that, they may have a disorder like obstructive sleep apnea. Also, if they take medications like antidepressants, antihistamines or muscle relaxers, these will naturally cause drowsiness. They may ask their doctor about changing the timing of each dose.

Can CBD cause you to fail a drug test?

Products containing cannabidiol, known as CBD, are rapidly growing in popularity. Derived from the nonintoxicating part of the cannabis plant, CBD doesn’t get its users high. Proponents of CBD sing its praises. They claim it can do everything from reducing seizures in epilepsy patients to relieving stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Though CBD is in a legal gray area at the federal level, it is widely available commercially and tolerated by law enforcement in many states, including Kentucky. But since CBD comes from the same plant as THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, many people wonder if it will keep them from passing a drug test.

Planning for divorce

Divorce may be the only viable way forward, but it is not easy. It untangles the complexities of a shared life that includes kids, finances, property, and even an attic filled with boxes. It can be stressful and emotional with decisions that can impact your life for years to come.

Experts believe it is in the best interests of the family to have a plan that works towards some crucial goals. This is done while equitably dividing assets and debts, drafting a custody or parenting plan, and countless other details.

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