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Is it better for couples to sleep separately?

Most couples in Nebraska choose to express intimacy by sharing a bed with one another. However, the New York Times reports that, according to one survey, approximately one-fourth of all couples choose to sleep separately. However, this perceived unwillingness to share is not necessarily a signal that the relationship is in trouble. Most of these couples choose to sleep apart from one another to avoid sleep disruptions that may result from a spouse's restlessness or differing sleep schedule. In fact, some couples report that their relationship is stronger and more solid because of the decision to sleep apart. In another poll, almost half of the participants, 46%, expressed a wish to try sleeping apart from their spouses. 

Your spouse's tendency to snore or commandeer the covers may make it more difficult for you to get a restful night's sleep. This can put undue stress on you. As a result, you may become more irritable and more likely to provoke conflicts with your partner. Eliminating the disturbances by sleeping in a separate bed, or even in a separate room, may allow you to get the sleep you need and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As a result, you may feel less resentment and irritability, which may mean less conflict with your spouse. 

Nebraska multi-vehicle accident kills two children

An accident last Wednesday morning in Omaha, Nebraska, temporarily closed a highway, sent six people to the hospital and claimed the lives of two children. The accident is still under investigation and details are sketchy, but authorities report that the crash involved four vehicles altogether. 

One of the two children who died was a 10-year-old boy, the other a 16-year-old girl. Both were public school students in Omaha. In response, the school district released a statement expressing condolences to the family and confirming that crisis teams would be available to students and staff affected by the news. 

Misdemeanor and felony DWI charges in Nebraska

If you are like most people in Nebraska, you know that the state has very tough laws about and strict consequences for driving while intoxicated offenses. Anyone charged with drunk driving may find themselves facing both criminal and civil penalties. The exact type of criminal charge can vary based upon a few factors. One of these factors is the driver's blood alcohol content at the time of their arrest. Another factor is whether or not a person has been convicted of any drunk driving offenses previously.

According to the Nebraska Legislature, most first and second DWI offenses in the state are misdemeanors. For first offenses regardless of BAC and second offenses with BAC levels below 0.15%, the charge may be a Class W misdemeanor. For a second offense with a BAC of 0.15% or greater, the charge may be a Class I misdemeanor. 

Divorce after 60: Some things you might not have thought about

Divorce is common in people of all ages. When a person over the age of 50 gets divorced, it is often referred to as "gray divorce." Today, it seems to be a growing trend. Between 1990 and 2010, the divorce rate for people over 50 has doubled and dissolving marriage after the age of 60 is increasing as well. Let's look at some of the issue they face.

If you are 60 or older and you are considering getting a divorce, there are a few things that you should know first.

How can you avoid construction zone accidents?

Summer is the time when the weather in Nebraska is most favorable for road construction projects. Therefore, drivers are most likely to encounter construction areas during this time of year. You may regard the modifications to your routine that road construction requires to be a minor annoyance. Nevertheless, work areas on city streets and state highways can also pose a potentially serious hazard. 

The Federal Highway Administration reports that work zone crashes in the United States over the last five years have resulted in injuries in more than 200,000 individuals as well as 4,400 deaths. Eighty-five percent of those deaths were occupants of a vehicle, either a passenger or driver, but some of those injured or killed were construction workers. In the interest of keeping everyone safe during these inconvenient but necessary road projects, the FWHA offers the following safety tips. 

Financial problems for women divorcing after 50

It likely comes as no surprise to anyone in Nebraska that a divorce can be a difficult financial experience. The process of splitting up a marital pool of assets coupled with the fact that it costs more money to support two households on the same income that previously supported only one household can leave each spouse wondering how they can get their financial lives back on track. For people who get divorced after the age of 50, it seems that the problem can be even worse - especially if they are female. 

According to Yahoo Finance, many refer to a divorce after 50 as a gray divorce, in reference to the commonly graying hair of people at this stage of life. At a minimum, it has been found that a person should be prepared for their wealth to drop by as much as 50% when they get divorced in their 50s, 60s or beyond. Lifestyles also take a significant dip but that dip is significantly more noticeable for women than for men.

How should I approach job hunting after a DWI?

Despite the negative stereotypes that still seem to exist regarding people arrested for drunk driving, many people in Nebraska know someone who falls into this situation. In fact, you may even have been pulled over by an officer and eventually charged with a driving while intoxicated offense. It is easier than most people believe to be above the legal limit for impairment. This experience, however, should not be the thing that prevents you from getting your next new job. 

As explained by the Houston Chronicle, you should take a very proactive approach to your job search when you know you have a blemish on your record. This should start by you conducting a background check on yourself. This will allow you to see exactly what a prospective employer may see, enabling you to be prepared to discuss the information more appropriately because you should be prepared to discuss it at some point.

What happens to your license after a DUI?

There are many thoughts that cross your mind after a DUI arrest. You may wonder about how much the court will fine you or spending time in jail. These are valid concerns, but you should not overlook the revocation of your license. In Nebraska, you can lose your driver’s license for up to six months after a DUI.

Think back to the last time you were without your driver’s license. Like most people, you may have been a teenager having to ask for rides. By the time you reached adulthood, you probably forgot how much of a luxury it is to be able to drive yourself from Point A to Point B.

Man rear ends vehicle, killing another driver and himself

Residents in Nebraska know that motor vehicle accidents can and do happen. This is one of the reasons that carrying automobile insurance is important so that people can be protected after these events occur. However, most people should be able to trust that other drivers operate their vehicles carefully so as to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

The Lincoln Journal Star provided some details about an accident that happened one day recently along a stretch of U.S. 26 near Bridgeport in Morrill County shortly before 8:00 a.m. For some reason that is not known at this time, a man driving a sport utility vehicle hit the rear of a pickup truck that was stopped at the time. The impact thrust the pickup truck across the highway and into the path of traffic coming the other direction.

Citing negligent entrustment in your car accident case

Imagine that you were involved in a car accident in Lincoln. You will likely take some comfort in the assumption that the responsible party (and/or their insurance company) will cover your accident expenses. That comfort might soon vanish, however, if you learn that the driver that hit you was using another person's car. 

Now imagine you learn that the driver had a history of careless or reckless behavior. Why would someone allow such a driver access to a vehicle? That is exactly the question that those in your situation ask us here at McHenry Haszard Law. 

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