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How does contributory negligence affect car accident cases?

Car crashes might be an everyday occurrence in Maryland, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with when you find yourself the victim of a car accident. Even seemingly minor fender-benders can cause injuries that can take a long time (and a lot of money) to recover from. In these situations, car accident victims may wonder if they have any recourse. One option that might be available to some is to pursue a lawsuit based on negligence.

In general, in order to prove negligence, it must be shown that a person had a duty of care toward the victim, which was breached (that is, broken) and subsequently both actually and proximately caused the victim's damages, meaning that but for the defendant's negligence the victim wouldn't have been harmed and also that it was the defendant's actions (not another cause) that lead to the victim's damages. However, there may be instances in which, through what is known as "contributory negligence" more than one party might be held liable, or conversely, a person may be barred from obtaining compensation.

Stay organized when spousal support is awarded

Alimony, or spousal support, is not guaranteed in every divorce. When it is awarded, there are a bevy of factors that are considered by a judge. The length of the marriage, the health of the spouses, the financial situations of the spouses, the earning potential of the spouses -- the list goes on and on. If it is awarded, spousal support instantly becomes one of the most important parts of a post-divorce arrangement. And this isn't just because of the money involved.

The former spouses involved in a spousal support arrangement should keep track of the payments, whether they are paying or receiving the money. One of the key reasons for this is the tax implications of spousal support. The paying spouse can deduct the payments from their taxes, while the receiving spouse must include it as part of their taxable income.

Set Yourself Up For Financial Success During And After A Divorce

Many couples might balk at the idea of drafting marital planning documents such as prenuptial or post nuptial agreements, but financial planning could be one of the main elements in securing an efficient, financially stable divorce.

No one gets married expecting to soon get divorced, but the reality is that many marriages end - - and for a multitude of reasons. There are some things you can do, though, to fully understand the financial impact a divorce can have on your future and make preparations that help you avoid devastation.

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