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Tips for parents who are concerned about a child's safety

Some parents in Pennsylvania who are going through a divorce might be worried that their child is unsafe with the other parent. For example, one parent was worried about another parent's drinking. The mother had reportedly taken the child and cut off contact, and the father was concerned that she would drink and drive. She had also not been the child's main caregiver, and the father was concerned about the child's well-being.

Regulators struggle to understand the reasons for crashes

Philadelphia motorists often have little understanding of the true causes of auto crashes. Even police reports often don't fully reflect the reasons why accidents happened. When the National Safety Council reviewed police reports nationwide, it found that no state records all of the data that traffic safety groups and the government need to determine the major causes of crashes. By understanding why car accidents happen, safety officials can take steps to improve their prevention.

What you should know when your teen starts to drive

If you have a teenager who is ready to learn to drive, you may be secretly panicking inside at the thought of turning over your keys. With patience and wisdom, however, you can guide your teen through this important milestone just as you have through all the others. Here are a few things you should know before your teen gets behind the wheel:

Dealing with the family home during divorce negotiations

When married couples in Pennsylvania and around the country divorce, the family residence is usually the most valuable asset discussed during property division negotiations. Deciding how to deal with the family home is challenging because this is often an emotional issue, but making decisions based on sentiment rather than pragmatism can cast a long shadow and should be avoided.

The top cause of death in the US is often avoidable

People die of diseases, allergic reactions, plane crashes and even lightning strikes. Many of these causes seem random and unavoidable, but Pennsylvania readers may be surprised to learn that the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44 is unintentional injury. This means that, in some cases, these deaths are entirely avoidable.

What happens if a parent is denied visitation

A judge or a custodial parent may deny visitation rights to a Pennsylvania noncustodial parent. A judge might do so if the child appears to be in danger with the parent, but it is otherwise unusual. A judge might also order supervised visitation in which the parent can only see the child with someone else present. Parents in either of these situations should comply with any court orders, such as a requirement to attend parenting classes, and they may want to speak with an attorney.

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