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Can the court jail my ex for failing to pay child support?

Imagine taking on the responsibility of raising your child primarily on your own. Yes, your ex-spouse has some visitation time, but for the most part, you're the person there for your child at all times.

Now, imagine that your ex doesn't want to pay child support. You may already be struggling financially, but even if you aren't, that's money your child is owed. The money is supposed to be there to help your child live as if he or she is in a two-parent family and to give him or her all the best opportunities.

Teens are more likely to get into accidents in Nebraska

A loss of life is always tragic, especially when the victim is young. In many cases, there was a chance that something could have been done to prevent the death, like wearing a seat belt.

An annual report released by the Nebraska Department of Roads has shown that all of the teens who were killed in car crashes in 2016 were not wearing seat belts. The annual report claimed that the deaths may have been avoided if the teens had bucked up.

What happens when you go to trial?

Since you've been charged with a crime, one of the things you're concerned about is what happens if the case goes to trial. Depending on the purpose of the trial, it might vary slightly, but most follow the same format.

In a trial, the judge or jury looks at both sides of the case. They hear evidence and listen to each side's story. After everything is discussed, the judge or jury makes a decision about whether or not you're liable or guilty for the actions you're accused of.

Be aware of mandatory assessment if you imbibe then drive

When you came to Nebraska to go to college, it probably didn't take long for you to notice that the Cornhusker state provides myriad opportunities for fun activities and adventurous campus life. From going to football games, concerts in the park (Bon Jovi anyone?) and touring the tallest building in Lincoln (the state capitol) to visiting local restaurants, historic markets and train stations with your friends, there's plenty to do when you're taking a break from your studies.

It's no secret that social life in a college town often includes drinking alcohol. Hopefully, if you plan to have a few beers or a glass of wine when you're out on the town, you'll research state DWI laws ahead of time to avoid potential legal trouble. Those convicted of drunk driving in this state may incur severe penalties that include substantial fines and/or revocation of driver's licenses.

You deserve child support from the noncustodial parent

Not receiving the child support payments you need can be devastating to your child. Raising a child on your own most of the time is difficult enough as it is without having to bear the entire financial burden.

Child support is supposed to be there to provide for your child since the other parent is not the primary caregiver. Sadly, close to 30 percent of parents aren't up-to-date on their child support payments, according to a May 2017 article.

The cohabitation agreement: What you need to include

You aren't married, but you live together. You've been together for years, so you've amassed thousands of dollars of assets between the two of you. You didn't want to get married, but you do want to make sure your property is protected in the case of a separation.

Cohabitation rights are slightly different for unmarried couples than they are for married individuals. If you have not kept separate information on your assets to show who owns what, it could become complicated.

When the prenuptial agreement hurts: Farming in America

You love taking care of your farm, but now that you're getting a divorce, there could be a problem. You may not have known this, but in marriages where there is a business, around 75 percent end in divorce. The high stress of running a farm could be the reason behind yours, or there could be other causes.

In the United States, farmers tend to be from more conservative backgrounds, but the trend for farmers to get a divorce is on the rise. What should you do to protect your wealth? One option is a prenuptial agreement, but even then, that may not hold up entirely in court depending on many factors.

Driver fatigue: It can be avoided

As someone who has suffered at the hands of a truck driver, you know how dangerous the roads can be. You've dealt with the injuries of loved ones and injuries of your own. Sadly, much of the pain you've been through could have been prevented.

Drivers are meant to get enough sleep before they get behind the wheel. There are federal regulations that make it a requirement for them to get proper breaks and rest. Despite this, many people falsify their records or push their employees to get the job done. Doing that puts others at risk of harm.

Settlement options could help you avoid trial

The injuries caused by a serious truck accident can leave you impacted for life. Even if the injuries themselves do not have permanent physical repercussions, it could still take you a considerable amount of time to recover, and you can face mental and financial burdens that could last even longer. As a result, you may wish to consider seeking compensation from the truck driver, trucking company and any other parties who could potentially bear liability for the accident and your subsequent injuries.

You may have some reservations about pursuing a legal claim because you do not want to face a trial. However, it may interest you to know that many personal injury cases do not have to go to trial. You may have the ability to settle your case through alternative dispute methods.

Drugged driving: A growing problem in the United States

Driving while intoxicated, whether it's with drugs or alcohol in your system, is against the law. Even if the drugs are prescribed, it's possible to face charges if you're driving in a negligent or dangerous manner.

A new study has addressed the growing problem of drugged drivers in America. According to the study, driving while under the influence of drugs, both legal and illegal, has become so common that more drivers tested positive for drugs than for alcohol after fatal crashes in 2015. In those crashes 41.7 percent of people were intoxicated with drugs, and 37.3 percent had alcohol in their systems.