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2 Indiana homes raided; drugs and guns found

The war on drugs is something that police departments around the country have waged. Indianapolis is no exception to this. Recently, the Metropolitan Drug Task Force threw a wrench in the drug operations for one man suspected of distributing cocaine and marijuana.

The 37-year-old man was indicted in the U.S. District Court for possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine.

Learn about the ways divorce can benefit your finances

The decision to divorce is one that many people don't take lightly. One thing that has an impact on the decision to go through with a divorce is the financial implications.

While many people think that there are only negative financial aspects involved with a divorce, this isn't at all the case. There are some financial benefits that come along with the end of a marriage.

Plan your actions for inheritances carefully

An inheritance is something that a family member usually chooses to leave to one person. This type of situation is something that must be planned for carefully, especially if you are married. How you handle the assets that you are given as the inheritance can have an impact on how they are classified if you end up getting a divorce.

One thing to remember is that inheritance assets shouldn't ever be comingled with marital assets unless you intend to split the assets with your spouse. This includes using the marital funds or other assets for the upkeep of the inherited assets. If the inheritance is money, it is a bit easier to keep everything separated because you can simply keep it out of the marital accounts.

FAQs about establishing guardianship for an elderly parent

As your parent grows older, he or she may have difficulty making his or her own decisions about finances, medical treatment and life in general. If your mother or father is no longer able to make decisions or adequately care for her or himself, you might want to consider establishing guardianship.

Becoming the guardian for your elderly parent may sound intimidating. You probably have a lot of questions about this process. Here are answers to questions you may have about becoming the legal guardian of your parent who cannot make his or her own decisions. 

Plan the heirs and contents of your will very carefully

Making plans for your estate is something that can take some time and thought. This isn't a process that you should rush through; however, it isn't something that you should put off for too long. We understand that this isn't a fun thing to think about, but handling matters now can help your loved ones in the future.

One of the most serious decisions that you have to make is who is going to get your assets. You need to decide if you are leaving them to family members, charities, friends or a combination of more than one of those. Once you decide this, you can move forward with the estate planning process.

Woman sentenced after 5 children harmed in DUI crash

Drunk driving is something that is always preventable. However, people who have been drinking might not think clearly. This is what one Valparaiso woman says of her decision to drive after drinking one night when she had five children, including three who weren't her children, in her care.

The woman claims that one of the girls wasn't feeling well, so she loaded the kids up in her vehicle so that she could take that child home. Unfortunately, she was involved in a crash on her way there. All five children in the woman's care were injured. One of the children was placed on life support.

Teen faces 10 felonies after fatal drugged driving crash

Driving under the influence of anything is never advisable. You never know how the drugs or alcohol will impact you. In some cases, it might impair your judgment to the point that you do things that are uncharacteristic of you. One teenager from Frankfort is an extreme example of what might happen when drugs and driving mix.

This 17-year-old female is facing 10 felony charges in connection with an accident that she allegedly caused while she was reportedly on opiates. Detectives allege that she was driving 107 mph when her car went careening through a house and came close to going out of the other side of the house.

What if you and your ex-spouse parent differently?

For many divorced parents who share custody of children, it is very difficult to maintain a healthy balance when two parenting approaches clash. This is exceptionally common as children move from one household to another, where each parent may run their respective households with different sets of rules.

If this sounds like a familiar conflict, don't worry — you're not alone. It is common for two parents to struggle for middle ground once they each run separate homes. Little differences can add up to big conflicts. Many parents face difficulty when their children exclaim, "Mom lets me eat whatever I want," or "Dad doesn't make me go to bed for another hour!"

Could divorce destroy your medical practice?

Physicians have a divorce rate that's as much as 20 percent higher than the average population's divorce rate -- which is a fact that physicians should consider when building their practice.

That way, they can take some steps to make sure that if a divorce does happen to them, their business won't fold because of it.

Should divorcing couples resolve conflicts on their own?

Although there are no official statistics on what the overall data is on Indiana's divorce rate, the dissolution of marriage is prevalent. In fact, 19 percent of people who reside in Wayne County, Indiana went through divorces. That means the small county possess the highest divorce rate out of any in the United States. 

Going through a divorce is tough, but it is a lot simpler if the couple can agree on certain items. Mediation is an option. However, many divorcing couples wonder if they can resolve conflicts on their own to cut back on costs. While it is possible, both people need to be on the same page for it to work. Otherwise, mediation is the way to go.