Archive for April, 2011

High Conflict Custody Cases: How Can They Be Avoided

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Most family therapists and other mental health professional agree that divorce can have a profound affect on children.  A child often loses daily contact with one parent and may also have reduced contact with extended family, which may be part of the child’s support structure.  Children may also be forced to change schools and move from the family home.  Depending on the distance of the relocation, children may even lose contact with their friends.  The impact of a bitter high conflict divorce and child custody dispute can have profound long-term effects on one’s children.  However, this result is not inevitable; there is a better way.

The attorneys of Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C. are committed to helping parents facing divorce reach constructive workable long-term resolution of their child custody issues.  Our experienced family law attorneys recognize that conflict and dispute does more to increase the stress and cost of your divorce than to promote your best interest and the long-term well being of your children.  We also know that the reasons behind a divorce can mean that a parent may be struggling with anger, pain and hostility.  Our experienced Kansas family law attorneys can provide a candid and straightforward evaluation of what a court may do and help you cut through the emotional turmoil and animosity to negotiate workable solutions.

It is almost always better to reach a negotiated settlement of child custody issues because it will make the process easier on your children and result in more stable and lasting child custody arrangements.  Sometimes a highly contested custody dispute is unavoidable, especially where certain issues are involved including:

  • Drug or alcohol use or abuse
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Domestic violence toward a spouse or others in the household
  • Criminal offenses by a parent (particularly criminal offense involving violence or unsafe conduct)
  • Failure of a parent to protect a child from harm by a third party (i.e. new relationship)

Where these issues are not present, the more reasonable and constructive the communication between parents the less a divorce will hurt their children.  A child custody case that is negotiated effectively and constructively will also significantly reduce the cost of a divorce.  Our experienced Kansas child custody attorneys have provided some suggestions for reducing the adverse impact of a divorce on your children:

  • Avoid disparaging comments about the other parent in your children’s presence
  • Do not discuss issues of contention in the divorce with your children
  • Give the other parent the first option for providing “daycare” when you are unavailable
  • Advice the other parent of significant developments involving your children with regard to school, heath, religion and other significant issues.
  • Invite the other parent to your children’s extra-curricular activities
  • Encourage your children’s visitation with the other parent
  • Engage in positive constructive communication with your spouse in your children’s presence

These suggestions may sound excruciatingly difficult if the other parent is hard to deal with or your divorce is extremely contentious.  However, the more that you can follow these suggestions, the easier your children will adjust to a divorce.  It will also tend to promote trust and effective co-parenting with your spouse.  If you approach your child custody dispute with this type of cooperative approach, there may be benefits even if your spouse does not reciprocate.  If the court must determine custody orders in your divorce, it will look to the best interest of your children.  While a number of factors are relevant to this consideration, one of the things the court looks at closely is the your willingness and ability to promote and encourage your children’s relationship with the other parent.

We know that even basic civility can be difficult in the context of the anger and hurt that often accompanies a divorce.  Our compassionate family law attorneys will guide you through these emotional hurdles so that you and your children can get on with your lives.  The Kansas child custody attorneys of Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C. want your divorce to be a new beginning rather than a bitter ending.

Kansas Construction Zones Filled with Serious Auto Accident Hazards

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Some of the most dangerous roads in Kansas are the ones where road construction or maintenance is taking place, but many Kansas drivers do not think of road construction as a driving hazard.  Most people view construction zones as a place of traffic tie-ups, and delays, but they are also a dangerous place for Kansas drivers, pedestrians, and road construction crews. Certain safety measures are implemented to insure drivers’ safety in construction zones, but there are over 40,000 people injured each year in road construction areas.  Most people assume that construction zone safety measures such as orange cones, warning signs, orange flags and reduced speed limits are primarily for the protection of construction workers.  However, eighty percent of those involved in serious or fatal accidents in construction zones are motorists and pedestrians.

If you are seriously injured or lose a loved one in a serious Kansas car accident, you may have a right to financial compensation for your injuries and loss.  At the Liberal, KS law firm of Koehn &Tahirkheli. L.L.C., we are committed to providing the highest quality legal services to those who are the victims of the negligence of others in Southwest Kansas.

The most common causes of construction zone accidents in Kansas include the following:

  • Heavy equipment in roadways blocking traffic
  • Confusing signs
  • Unsafe detours
  • Confused drivers in wrong lanes
  • Poorly placed barriers
  • Debris in the road

There are frequently many distractions in a construction zone that cause drivers to make serious errors in judgment when passing through these areas resulting in car accidents.  Sometimes construction zone accidents are caused by incompetent workers who are hired when private contractors do road construction and do not adequately screen, train or supervise their employees.  These poorly trained workers can confuse motorists traveling through construction zones increasing their confusion and the probability of a serious construction zone car crash.  There are many individuals and entities that may be responsible for a construction zone accident including government entities, private contractors, sub-contractors, equipment rental companies or other motorists.

Many times work zone accidents are caused by drivers, who disregard lower speed limits, detour signs, warning signals or protective barriers.  Motorists must pay special attention when driving through construction zones because road conditions can change daily along with the placement of signs and barriers.  It is important that you retain a law firm that has knowledge and experience with the state and federal safety standards that apply to construction zones.  Construction zone car crashes can be challenging to litigate because the situation changes rapidly so evidence can disappear or be destroyed. Issues involving the preservation of evidence can become even more complex if the construction ends, and the roadway re-opens during an investigation because this may leave no evidence at all of the accident.

If you are involved in a car accident caused by road construction, it is important that you seek legal advice from an attorney who is experienced in handling Kansas road construction accidents.  The experienced Kansas car accident lawyers at the law office of Koehn &Tahirkheli. L.L.C. are dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for injured Kansas residents.  We offer a free initial consultation so that we can assess your case so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  We represent auto accident victims in all types of Kansas auto accidents so give us a call today at (620) 624-8158.

Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C. serves the cities of Liberal, Garden City, Sublette, Elkhart, Johnson City, Hugoton, Ulysses, Dodge City, Meade, Seward County, and serving all other communities in Southwest Kansas.