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Car makers working on external airbags

Thousands of passenger vehicle occupants in Illinois and around the country are killed or seriously injured each year in side-impact collisions. Auto manufacturers equip their vehicles with the latest safety features and autonomous or semiautonomous crash avoidance technology to mitigate this danger, and several companies are said to be working on external airbag systems that would provide even more protection. According to tests conducted by the German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG, external airbags could reduce the severity of side-impact accident injuries by as much as 40 percent.

The external airbag being developed by ZF is 6.5 feet long and more than a foot thick, and it deploys in just 15 milliseconds to protect passengers with a pillow of air. Other features designed to provide protection in side-impact crashes include sturdy beams in car doors, side-curtain airbags and automatic seat belt pretensioners.

Dividing retirement accounts in divorce

During a divorce, retirement accounts are split according to the provisions of state law. Illinois is an equitable division state, which means that dividing property is based on principles of fairness rather than 50/50 splits.

The first step for a judge when dividing a retirement account such as a 401(k) is to decide whether the funds are marital or separate property. Marital property includes assets that were accumulated during the marriage. In the context of a retirement account, this means the contributions made by each spouse during the marriage. Next, the judge must decide how the marital assets in the account should be divided fairly.

Drowsy driving and crash risk the subjects of new study

Most drivers in Illinois know that there is a link between lack of sleep and an increased risk for auto accidents. Drowsy driving is a factor in about 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., including 16 percent of all fatal crashes. It can lead to inattention to one's surroundings and the inability to judge gaps between vehicles and other traffic conditions.

While experts recommend that everyone get between seven and nine hours of sleep, one in three adult drivers in this nation fail to achieve this. A new study in the SLEEP journal provides some statistics showing what the results can be like.

What Illinois parents need to know about child support

Child support is one of many important decisions in divorce that can greatly affect both your and your child’s life and well-being. As a parent, you may have questions about how child support works in Illinois, so let’s look at some things you may need to know.


In July 2017, Illinois changed how the amount of child support a non-custodial parent should contribute to support his or her minor child is calculated. Prior to this, only the non-custodial parent’s income and the number of children were considered in decisions about child support, but the new law also takes in to account the custodial parent’s income.

Premarital cohabitation and divorce

Illinois couples who decide to live together before getting married have a higher chance of getting a divorce. This is according to a recent study that used data from 1970 to 2015 regarding U.S. women who were no older than 44 and in their first marriages.

The premarital cohabitation effect has been a subject of research by social scientists for many years. It seems to be an actual phenomenon in which two people who cohabitate before tying the knot tend to experience difficulties during marriage.

Keeping your kids safe from dog bites this Halloween

With Halloween coming up in just a couple weeks, many parents may be preparing for taking their kids out trick-or-treating. Among the things parents may want to get ready for is the possibility of their kids encountering dogs during the trick-or-treat excursion.

Parents may have many worries when it comes to such encounters, including worries about the possibility of their children being bitten. Dog bites can be very painful and can expose kids to infections and other harms.

How to divorce a narcissist

No one expects to marry a narcissist. Unfortunately, it happens. It may put spouses in a horrible situation where they feel like they cannot leave and suffer at the hands of an emotionally abusive partner. But what can you do?

Luckily, divorce is still an option. It may seem harder to leave, but it can be done with the right support system and knowing what to expect during the proceedings.

Personal injury settlements should be carefully considered

Personal injury cases sometimes result in going through a trial, but this isn't the only way that they can be resolved. Sometimes, the lawsuit is handled through the settlement process.

There are many benefits and some drawbacks to this type of resolution. If you are considering a settlement, you should be sure that you are aware of the following points. They might help you to decide whether you want to proceed.

Protect your marriage from social media faux pas

Marriage can be a tricky process to navigate. But some couples make it harder than it has to be due to what they share and do on social media sites.

According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), one survey from 2010 indicated that more than 80 percent of family law attorneys had cases that were affected by social media postings. Below are a few ways that your social media use could adversely affect your marriage.

A property division checklist will keep you on track

There are many challenges standing in your way as you move through the divorce process. For many people, there is nothing more important than property division.

It's important to realize that you'll need to compromise along the way. You aren't going to get everything you want, but at the same time you won't end up with nothing.

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