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Gray divorce may negatively affect personal finances

A marital breakup in Montana can understandably be challenging no matter how long or short of a time two people have been married. However, divorce can be especially tough for those who have been married for decades. After all, they have decades' worth of assets to divide.

Unfortunately, gray divorces -- divorce proceedings that happen later in life -- are becoming increasingly common. The marital dissolution rate for people 50 years old or older is now double what it was in the 1990s. Furthermore, at least 10 out of every 1,000 married people got divorced in 2015, with the number of later-in-life divorces being even higher for those who had remarried.

Personal injury to the head may lead to dementia later on

A traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, might increase a patient's risk of suffering from Alzheimer's disease down the road in Montana and elsewhere. This is the finding of a recent study examining head injuries. The research was the first one to use Alzheimer's disease cases confirmed via autopsies to look at the long-term impacts of personal injury accidents involving the head.

Previous studies could only speculate about the link between Alzheimer's and head injuries, as researchers lacked diagnostic methods that were definitive. In the current study, researchers analyzed over 2,100 cases. Through these cases, they learned that those who had suffered traumatic brain injuries and lost consciousness for more than five minutes ended up receiving dementia diagnoses about 2.5 years earlier than did individuals who had not suffered brain injuries.

Receiving promotion may boost woman's chance of getting divorce

In some marriages in Montana and elsewhere, the husband is the one whose career comes first. Meanwhile, the woman's career is placed on the back burner. In these cases, divorce can easily happen if the woman's career suddenly takes off.

This is the finding of a recently conducted university research study. According to researchers, a woman who begins her marriage not earning as much as her husband does have a higher chance of going through a marital breakup if her career takes an upward turn. Researchers determined this after gathering 30 years' worth of data on employees before they were promoted and after their promotions.

Cash poor divorce may mean ongoing alimony

When a couple rich in assets but cash poor chooses to divorce, it is not a simple matter to determine how to fairly go about a divorce settlement. In and around Billings, many couples maintain ranches that have been in one's family for some time, making it implausible to physically divide that property. The spouse whose family owns the land may live well because of low overhead costs, but have only modest liquid assets.

In many instances, this necessitates some form of spousal support. Depending on the needs of the receiving spouse and the resources of the paying spouse, a court may choose from a number of different types of support.

Property division involving pets can cause conflict

The thought of breaking up with a spouse is painful enough without thinking about losing a pet in the process. This is why property division involving pets can become a major area of contention during divorce, whether in Montana or another jurisdiction. In many cases, even though pets are viewed as property by the court, divorcing couples treat them more like children when working out how they will be handled following divorce.

If both spouses are emotionally connected to their dog, for instance, they have the option of putting together a joint custody agreement detailing who will get to keep the dog and when. For instance, maybe one spouse can keep Max for the first half of the month, and the other party can have him for the second half. As an alternative, one person may decide to keep the dog and then allow the other party to have visits with the dog.

Car accidents on wet roads may lead to injuries, death

An automobile crash involving multiple motor vehicle has sadly claimed an elderly man's life in Montana. The auto accident took place on a wet road on a recent Friday morning. In some instances, these types of car accidents occur due to the carelessness of another driver, in which case this other driver may be held liable for any injuries or deaths resulting from the crash.

The car accident took place at a little before 11 a.m. Police reported that it occurred when an automobile suddenly went over a road's center median. The car ended up side swiping another car and then colliding head-on with a third automobile.

Building financial stability following divorce is possible

A marital breakup can easily take a toll on an individual's financial well-being in Montana. This is true no matter how small or great his or her net worth. However, a couple of tips may help with navigating the financial aspect of the aftermath of divorce in Montana.

First, those going through divorce may want to consider evaluating their career options. Depending on their ages or situations, they may not have been in the workforce for a long time, or perhaps they might be retiring soon. In these situations, investing in extra education and training to successfully re-enter the workforce, or postponing retirement, may be necessary to ensure financial stability long term.

Car accidents causing injuries, deaths in Montana winter weather

A man's life was sadly cut short in a recent motor vehicle accident. The car crash occurred on a Friday morning and involved three motor vehicles. Sometimes, these types of car accidents stem from a driver's carelessness behind the wheel, in which case the responsible driver may be held financially responsible for the injuries and deaths he or she caused.

The recent Montana accident took place at a street intersection at around 10:40 a.m. According to authorities, one male driver died in the collision, while another male driver suffered injuries and was taken to the hospital. A female driver, the driver involved in the collision, suffered minor injuries, such as cuts due to broken glass.

Property division includes deciding what to do about family home

Whether to stay in the marital home or move on is one of the most complicated decisions to make during a Montana divorce. After all, unlike other assets subject to property division during divorce, the home is usually the most valuable asset from both a financial and an emotional standpoint. But letting go of the marital home and buying a new one may be a smart move for a couple of reasons.

Although many spouses who are going through divorce would like to remain in their current homes, other spouses view divorce as a transition period. Therefore, living in a brand-new location or exploring a different living style once the final judgment is entered may seem more appealing. In addition, if the conditions of the real estate market are right, buying a new house offers the chance to start building equity on one's own.

Car accidents lead to man's death, 2 teens' injuries

A recent car accident in Montana resulted in one man's death and injuries to two other people. The crash took place on a Monday afternoon. Unfortunately, these types of car accidents are often the result of carelessness on the part of one or more drivers, which is usually grounds for litigation.

The motor vehicle accident occurred at a little past 4:30 p.m. along Montana Highway 212. According to police, a man, said to be 73 years old, was driving south on the highway and tried to pass a pickup truck. He ended up striking a Jeep head-on in the process.