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Tax proposal would eliminate alimony deduction

We don't take political positions in our Lake Charles legal blog, but we do try to keep readers up to date on politicians' proposals that could have an impact on family law.

As you know, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan recently unveiled a plan to overhaul the nation's tax code. If passed and signed into law, the tax proposal would eliminate the deduction for spousal support (also known as alimony).

How to protect driving privileges after a DUI arrest

Even young people with good jobs sometimes find themselves in legal trouble. Often that trouble comes in the form of a DUI arrest, which, depending on the circumstances, could threaten your livelihood.

Louisiana law calls for a suspension of your driver's license if you are convicted of drunk driving -- or if you refuse a breath or blood test. For many people, not being able to drive is a restriction that severely limits employment opportunities. However, it may be possible to protect your license if you act quickly.

Holiday season is ready to arrive

Believe it or not, but the holiday season is rapidly approaching. That means it will be time to get together with your Lake Charles friends and family to enjoy conversation, laughter, football and big meals.

For many, Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations include raising a glass to toast good times with good company. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when police across Calcasieu Parish heighten enforcement of drunken driving laws and more people are arrested for DWI.

Sensors to detect distraction, drowsiness in truck drivers

There are no bigger, heavier, more dangerous vehicles rolling through Lake Charles than the 18-wheelers roaring along Interstate 10. Because big rigs are slow to stop and difficult to maneuver, the behemoths are unwieldy; especially so at highway speeds. Two factors that make giant commercial vehicles even more dangerous to be near: fatigued or distracted truckers.

The maker of SmartDrive Systems monitoring systems say they have an advanced sensing system that will be available early next year. The company says its new SmartDrive SmartSense will be able to detect both drowsiness and distraction in truckers, helping reduce the risks of truck accidents, injuries and deaths.

Top divorce rates among top earners

The Lake Charles workforce has diverse strengths. Our city's residents include factory workers and medical personnel, entrepreneurs, construction workers, accountants, teachers, employees in the leisure and hospitality industry and much more.

A recent statistical analysis of high-paying jobs determined that physicians have the highest divorce rate among top earners. According to a recent news article, the study of the Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey also found which occupation is most likely to go through divorce.

Considering DIY after a car accident? Not a good idea.

In a car accident, when you suffer an injury due to no fault of your own, it's easy to assume that your medical care and other needs will be taken care of. Why? Because you have insurance, and that is what insurance is for. Right?

A big mistake that people make, though, is thinking that the insurance company always has their best interests at heart. The reality is that insurers are deeply interested in minimizing and even denying compensation to injury victims, and insurance companies have significant resources, including trained adjusters and competent lawyers, that work to pay you as little as possible for a car accident injury.

Confusion reigns as driverless cars approach

Earlier this year, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said that self-driving cars have arrived. "They can drive on the highway," she said, "Follow the white lines on the highway, and there's really no need for any person to be seated and controlling any of the instruments."

Chao was wrong. Driverless cars are not ready yet to begin rolling around Lake Charles and thousands of other American cities. Chao's confusion is understandable, according to a recent article in Wired. Though the auto industry is working furiously to develop autonomous vehicles, it has done a poor job of making it clear exactly what driverless cars will and won't be able to do.

Study: Shared parenting works best in most divorces

The presence of which two factors greatly increase the chances that children who go through their parents' divorce will be healthy and happy afterwards? Their parents, of course.

A professor of adolescent and educational psychology puts it this way: "Shared parenting should be the norm for parenting plans for children of all ages, including very young children." The only exceptions to this would be a parent who is abusive or negligent, said Professor Linda Nielsen.

Confidence in lawyers leads to return to court – and basketball

Lake Charles fans of pro basketball have likely traveled to New Orleans to see the Pelicans play. One of this season's most interesting NBA teams promises to be the Boston Celtics. The team's revamped line-up includes power forward Marcus Morris, who is finally joining the team after missing the early preseason to attend an aggravated assault trial with co-defendant and twin brother Markieff.

The Morris twins were both found not guilty of the charges. After the verdict was read in the courtroom, a relieved Markieff said, "We put our faith in our lawyers." Markieff will return to the basketball court with the Washington Wizards. 

The dangers of distracted driving

There is no doubt of the hold that electronics have on Americans. While electronic devices give us easy access to a world of information (you are reading this on an electronic device, after all), that ease tempts people to read and watch instead of sleeping, working and perhaps worst of all, keeping their eyes on the road while driving.

We see the consequences of distracted driving in Lake Charles news reports on a regular basis. While it can take investigators months to pinpoint the exact cause of a motor vehicle crash, there are often telltale signs in reports that indicate that distraction was involved.

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