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How should divorced parents handle car insurance for their teens?

If you're a divorced parent of a teen driver, you need to work out the issue of whether your child will be on your car insurance policy or that of your ex, or both. The answer of whose policy (or policies) your child should be covered on will depend on a number of factors, including whose vehicle(s) your teen will be driving. Whatever the case, this is not an area where any residual animosity that you and your ex have towards each other should get in the way.

The most important thing is to make sure that your teen driver has proper insurance coverage. If not, the results could be financially disastrous. It's essential to discuss this with your insurance agent. You should be talking to your agent about getting your own insurance policy once you work out who is getting which vehicle(s) in the divorce.

Financial management after a divorce

Divorce is a painful, emotional time for most couples. Afterwards, you may feel as though you've made it -- that you're free of the hardships the divorce has caused. However, when it comes to finances, you can quickly find that yours aren't doing so well after your divorce. Here are some financial management tips to help you move on while making sure your finances are secure.

-- Consider making a move. If you are living in the family home, you may want to consider moving. It is hard to give up the family home in some cases because of its sentimental value. Maintaining the home with one person's income could be difficult. You can sell the home, but if your divorce order says you must pay your ex part of the profit, make sure you do so.

How do I get child support if the father denies paternity?

In the state of Nevada, if the mother wants to collect child support, paternity must be proven or acknowledged. For example, if a man wants to voluntarily acknowledge paternity, then both parents must sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. It must then be notarized or witnessed and taken to the Bureau of Health Planning & Statistics Office of Vital Records. Most hospitals have this form and routinely handle the process. A man who is married to someone else can sign a VAP form.

If the alleged father will not acknowledge that he is the father, then the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services or the mother can bring a paternity action through the court to establish paternity. A hearing will be held and genetic testing will be ordered. The mother, alleged father and the child will all have a sample of cells taken. If the test shows that the man is the child's father with a probability of 99 percent or more, then the court will rule that the man is the father. The testing can also exclude a man from being the biological father.

Undocumented status keeps many abuse victims silent

Domestic abusers use a number of methods to control their victims and keep them in their abusive relationships. Many victims, particularly women, are financially dependent on the husband or boyfriend who's abusing them. Some fear that if they report the abuse, they will be separated from their children or that those children, other family members or pets will be harmed or worse.

Too many women feel trapped in abusive relationships because they are undocumented immigrants. Often, they've moved to the U.S. to join a husband or boyfriend who is documented. They have no other family to turn to here.

Friend of Amber Heard supports her in abuse claims

Readers of this blog are probably familiar with the recent scandal pertaining to actress Amber Heard and her husband Johnny Depp. The scandal erupted following Heard's claims that she was domestically abused by Depp while he was intoxicated. A close friend of Heard -- who called 911 for Heard -- recently told reporters what happened.

The friends aid that she called 911 because Heard would not have done so herself. She claimed that each time her friend was physically abused, her friend's husband (Depp) would later apologize sweetly and swear that he knew how bad his behavior was and that it would not happen again. According to Heard's friend, the violence began when Depp kicked her friend on an airplane. Then her friend started getting shoved and punched, and an alleged assault took place in December that resulted in Heard's pillow being stained with blood.

3 things not to do when you divorce

Divorce is a major event in your life, and it can bring out a side of you that you might not like. If you don't like that side of you, it's very possible that others won't either. Here are three things to avoid doing when you're in the midst of a divorce:

-- Playing "young and dumb:" The truth is that if you've been married for a while before you got hit with the divorce, you're not young or dumb. You're old and wise enough to avoid dumb behavior, including maxing out your credit cards on shopping sprees to make you feel better. Your ex will likely look over the credit card statement to see what you've spent the money on. It might be difficult to say that you're a great parent when you're spending way too much at the local mall.

Is there a positive side to divorce?

One of the most painful experiences you can have is to watch your spouse pack his or her things and walk out the door and on your marriage. You might wonder if you will ever find the strength to move on. There is a positive side to divorce, but it might just take you a little while to find it. Consider the following:

-- You learn that you only need to please yourself. You will eventually realize that you don't need anyone's approval. When you finally find that you are happy with yourself, you are simply happy.

'Saved by the Bell' actress files for divorce in Las Vegas

Readers of this blog in Las Vegas might not remember the name Lark Voorhies, but this actress became famous as a young woman in the television series "Saved by the Bell." The now-42-year-old actress recently filed for divorce only six months after marrying Jimmy Green in Las Vegas. Court documents related to the divorce were filed on May 27.

News outlets responded to the divorce news by publishing a number of quotes, which they said Lark made on social media. However, Lark's publicist has made several statements to the effect that the comments were not made by Lark. Furthermore, her publicist said that Lark does not and never had an Instagram account. Her publicist, however, did confirm that the divorce is real and she wants to move on with her life. In alignment with the claim that the statements made on social media were fake, Lark says that she will be shutting down her Twitter account for safety and security reasons.

A few things to know about asset division

Asset division usually involves a lot of emotions. It is very difficult to let go of your possessions, especially when the process is mixed with separating from a spouse and dissolving your marriage. This article will discuss several things about asset division that usually only divorce attorneys are aware of.

First, try not to let your emotions affect your financial decisions. For one, do not let an ex-spouse guilt you into giving up more than your rightful share in your divorce process. In addition, do not let vengeful emotions cause you to become overly aggressive in the divorce process. Both these situations could turn out working against you. The best policy is to stay fair to yourself and your ex-spouse regardless of how you feel. A skilled divorce attorney may be able to help you keep your emotions out of the decision-making process in this regard.

What are some common life changes after divorce?

Your divorce is final. You've made it through a very difficult time in your life, but you feel like you and your ex handled it with dignity. After all, negotiating child custody and support orders is truly important. You know that your life will change dramatically as you move forward from your divorce, but are you really aware of what changes you might see. Here are some of the most common life changes that occur after a divorce:

-- Economic changes: The loss of a job or fewer hours worked can throw the best laid plans for child support or alimony into a tailspin. You may need to head back to court to see if a modification to the child support or alimony order can be made.