Still Confused About How to File Your Taxes After Divorce?

Earlier this week, we discussed some options individuals have when filing their taxes for 2010 if they were divorced after Dec. 31, 2010. Individuals who signed their divorce decree or were legally separated on Jan. 1, 2011 or after can either file their 2010 taxes jointly with their ex-spouse or as married filing separately. We discussed the pros and cons of each situation, and hopefully we have been able to clear up some confusion for individuals this tax season. Today, we will discuss some tax tips for individuals who were legally separated or divorced on or before Dec. 31, 2010.

If you were legally separated or divorced before the end of 2010, then you are able to file your taxes as a single person without any penalties this tax season. However, before you claim your tax breaks, you should review your divorce settlement in order to see which tax breaks you are an eligible claim.

If you have children and you are the primary caregiver, then you should be eligible to claim the Head of Household status. You may also be eligible to claim the Child Tax Credit and Child and Dependent Credit. If you share custody with your ex-spouse, then the divorce agreement should state who is eligible to claim Head of Household status and other tax credits regarding your offspring.

An important thing to remember about child support is that the IRS does not tax this money. However, the government does consider spousal support as income. If you receive spousal support, be prepared to pay taxes on the amount you receive. Individuals are always encouraged to speak with an accountant in order to ensure that taxes are prepared correctly and so that individuals can receive their maximum refund or minimize the amount that is owed to the IRS.

Divorce attorneys in Illinois understand that this tax season may be especially stressful for those who were recently divorced or legally separated in 2010. Newly divorced individuals may just be realizing that divorce not only affects them emotionally, but it also affects them financially. However, there are many other individuals in Illinois who are just as confused and have similar questions about divorce and finances, and the Burch Law Firm hopes to help those individuals find the answers they need.

Toyota Car Crash a Case of Impairment

Speeding and driving while impaired significantly increase the risk of car accidents. Unfortunately, innocent victims and their families are often the ones who suffer when careless drivers make bad decisions. This is what recently happened in a fatal accident a mile and a half south of Kinder.

At approximately 10:50 last Friday night, a 45-year-old Leesville man was driving a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck north on U.S. Highway 165 near Kinder. There were three passengers in the vehicle with him, including a woman and a three-year-old child. While the man was proceeding to his destination, minding his own business, a 1999 Toyota Avalon struck the back of his truck.

The force of the impact caused the pickup to run off the roadway, roll over and ultimately strike a tree. The driver and two of his passengers died in the tragic collision. The other passenger, who remains unidentified at this time, sustained moderate injuries in the accident.

There were two men in the Toyota at the time of the crash, a 26-year-old from Alexandria and 33-year-old from Lake Charles. Both men suffered minor injuries in the collision. However, it is unclear who was driving the car, as both claim the other was behind the wheel when the accident occurred.

The police are currently investigating the fatal accident. At this point, a spokesperson reported that the Toyota was being driven “at a high rate of speed” and that impairment and speeding were likely contributing factors in the collision. Authorities took toxicology samples from the two men in the car, as well as the pickup truck driver. Ohio accident attorneys were beside themselves at the incident.

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Our qualified lawyers routinely represent clients before the various administrative agencies, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Our International Trade Practice is located in our nation’s capital, which provides the necessary proximity to Capitol Hill and the many other government agencies integral to international trade. Our Washington presence and experience facilitates our contacts within those agencies and our ability to monitor upcoming legislation that may affect our clients.

Our lawyers also advise companies with market access problems abroad. We assist clients with the business, economic and regulatory environments of Europe, Asia and the Americas. Our qualified has established a unique relationship with attorneys, accounting firms and consultants around the world. Specifically, Our qualified is a participating member of Lex Mundi, an association of over 150 independent law firms located in more than 100 countries. Such professional ties enhance our ability to serve our clients.


Our Customs team frequently is consulted on issues affecting importers, carriers, brokers and others engaged in the importation process, such as:

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  • Other Agency Requirements
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More Older Drivers May Mean More Fatal Car Accidents

The aging population of baby boomers will create a large population of drivers 65 and older. Not only will this population face the issue of how to remain safe and avoid car accidents on the road, they will also face the challenge of remaining mobile because so many aging baby boomers will live out their golden years in their suburban homes.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board one in five drivers with be age 65 or older in the next 15 years. The number of drivers age 65 and older today is around 30 million. According to the Government Accountability Office that number will increase to 57 million by the year 2030. Coupled with these statistics is the fact that people normally outlive their ability to drive. On average men normally outlive their ability to drive by six years. Women on average outlive their ability to drive by 10 years. In addition, fewer retirees are choosing to relocate and will continue to live in suburbs. The implication of all these factors is that seniors may face mobility issues and their ability to drive fades,

Though older drivers are often stereotyped for being dangerous drivers, healthy elderly drivers are no more dangerous than younger drivers. However, age-related medical conditions can affect the elderly’s ability to drive. For example, a 40-year-old driver needs 20 times more light to see at night than a 20-year-old. Generally, older drivers also have slower reflexes and take longer to judge speed and distance than younger drivers. Older drivers are also less flexible and decreased flexibility can impede a driver’s ability to look behind and around the automobile.

The age at which the rate of fatal car accidents begins to increase in comparison to other driver age groups is at the age of 75. The rate of fatal accidents increases as age increases past age 75. Drivers age 85 and older suffer higher rates of fatality than teenage drivers and drivers in their early 20s. The major reason why elderly drivers suffer fatal car accidents is because they are more frail than younger drivers and are therefore not as likely to survive an accident and need a Shreveport DWI lawyer after. The majority of the time drivers age 70 or older kill themselves in car crashes they cause. Only sixteen percent of elderly drivers die as passengers.



Seat Belt Use Differs Across the Country

The culture around the use of seat belts has changed a lot in United States since the early 1980’s. Today many of us take it for granted that using a seat belt in a serious car accident will reduce the chance of injury or even death. The obvious benefit of seat belt use is not as clear to some because one in seven adults still do not wear a seat belt every time they use a motor vehicle.

Culture and seat belt safety laws may offer an explanation to the statistic because some areas of the country routinely wear seat belts more than other regions. The West Coast states of California, Oregon and Washington lead the country in the highest percentage of regular seat belt use. Oregon leads the country with 94 percent of people there reporting that they always wear a seat belt. California came in second with 93.2 percent, and Washington came in third with 92 percent.

The Plains states of North Dakota and South Dakota came in last place and second to last in the percentage of people living those respective states that say they always wear a seat belt. The percentage of people who always wear a seat belt in North Dakota is 59.2 percent and in South Dakota it is 59.7 percent.

There may be a correlation with the type of seat belt laws on the books in different states and the percentage of people who say they always wear their seat belt. The West Coast states all have mandatory seat belt laws where police can pull a vehicle over if they believe an occupant is not wearing a seat belt. In comparison, North and South Dakota have laws were an officer may issue a seat belt ticket only after pulling the vehicle over for another reason. Regardless of a state’s seat belt law, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that seat belts significantly reduce car accident injuries.



Professional chef helps invent bicycle safety technology

A professional chef has helped create a novel technology meant to assist those who get injured in bicycle accidents or other action sports. The chef, Biju Thomas, is known for his cooking and makes race day meals for professional bicyclists like Lance Armstrong and Levi Leipheimer. He may soon be known for another creation but this conception will potentially be worn by the 57 million bicyclists in the United States and more.

Thomas came up with an idea to create a safety device that works in conjunction with a special fabric that determines whether a cyclist has suffered an injury impact. The safety system is comprised of a helmet that is outfitted with a fabric that contains sensors and a wireless communications device that fits in the air vent of a bicycle helmet. When a rider suffers impact the sensors measure the impact using algorithms designed to determine whether a clinically significant impact has occurred. If the sensors determine that a clinically significant impact has occurred then the wireless device communicates with the user’s cell phone, which is then prompted to alert medical services and their car accident lawyers Florida.

The chef thought of the idea after being around bicyclists and being a bicyclist himself for so long. Thomas believes such a system was necessary because bicyclists train alone for hours and are often far away from emergency services. The idea also comes at a time when concussions and traumatic brain injury have gained attention in the news. The safety system will help deliver quick medical attention, which is important for diagnostics in brain injury situations. Beyond bike accidents, the chef hopes to market the device, the SenseTech HALO, to snowboarders and skiers.

Lewd Acts With A Minor And Lewd Conduct In Public

The law governing lewd acts with a child (California Penal Code 288) is extremely broad in the way it defines lewd acts. It can include touching a child or minor anywhere on their body. Under the law, even a hug or a kiss on the cheek can be charged as a lewd act — if the prosecution believes there was a sexual motive.

we know how to fight overzealous prosecutors who seem more interested in appearing tough on child sexual abuse than on what actually happened in a particular case.

If you have been charged with lewd acts, lewd or lascivious conduct, indecent exposure or any other sex crime in Southern California, we can help. Contact our office today for a free, completely confidential with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.



1) If you are charged with lewd acts and you are convicted or plead guilty, you could face time in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Even after you have served your time, you will continue to face consequences. It may be difficult or impossible to find work. Your reputation in the community will almost certainly be ruined.

2) Even a conviction for public indecency (indecent exposure, lewd conduct in public, public urination, etc.) may result in your being labeled a sex offender. If you are required to register as a sex offender and you fail to register, you could face time in prison.

3) False allegations happen frequently. Everybody — police, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys — knows this. And yet men and women continue to be charged with child molestation or lewd acts with a minor based on unsupported allegations or outright lies. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of individuals facing serious criminal charges based on false allegations.


If you have been accused, you need an experienced, aggressive Denver criminal defense. There is simply too much at stake to entrust your case — and your future — to an untried lawyer. We understand how these cases work. We have the skills and experience you can trust.

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We have extensive experience in New Source Review issues, including major emitting sources in urban non-attainment areas. Our Florida FDCPA lawyers have also been involved in the only successful challenge to EPA’s redesignation policy for ozone non-attainment areas, have successively litigated the primacy of state interpretations over U.S. EPA’s contrary interpretations of state implementation plan requirements, have been involved in the sale and donation of air emission rights, and have assisted clients in securing favorable Title V permit terms throughout the United States. Our understanding of the available options for a permit flexibility have facilitated permits that are at the forefront of simplicity and flexibility allowed to our clients’ plants.

Finally, our understanding of the nuances of air emission testing and compliance requirements under the 1990 Amendments of the Clean Air Act allows us to work directly with plant personnel to obtain realistic construction operating permits and to defend enforcement actions which are based upon unreliable information.

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Georgia lawmakers: current laws good enough for cell phone ban

This week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended a ban on all cell phone use while driving, stirring up debates across the nation. Lawmakers here in Georgia were quick to weigh in, noting that Georgia already has a ban on texting while driving and a full ban on cell phone use for anyone under the age of 18.
Some lawmakers said the ban currently in place is sufficient. They added that some businesses need their employees to talk on the phone while driving, and implementing a full ban on their use would hamper business. Even though some lawmakers and brooklyn car accident lawyers don’t think the government should act on the NTSB’s recommendation, drivers who’ve been in a car accident where the other driver was using a cell phone see a great need for a ban.
Some officials didn’t directly endorse a ban, but acknowledged cell phones are a distraction. A spokesperson for UPS, which is based in Atlanta, said their business bans all use of cell phones while driving.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one lawmaker said he just puts his phone on speaker phone and sets it on his dash. What if the phone slid off the dash? The phone could still distract drivers in other ways, which is why the NTSB suggested a ban even on hands-free cell phone use. Portland car accident lawyers are on the rise because of cell phone use and sometimes these accidents have deadly consequences. The NTSB made the recommendation after finding a massive pile up that injured 38 people and killed two others may have been caused by atexting driver.