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What are 3 common financial mistakes in a divorce?

We all do our best to navigate lives trials and tribulations in the most appropriate way possible. The same is true for divorce. The problem is, most people have never been through the divorce process before, so they're likely to make a few mistakes along the way. Here are three common missteps that divorcing spouses will want to avoid like the plague:

  • Being ignorant of you and your spouse's financial situation: One spouse usually manages the family finances. If that spouse isn't you, it's vital that you figure out what you and your spouse own as a family. Make sure you gather all of your spouse's financial information to have an accurate assessment of your finances. This will help you understand what you have the right to receive during the asset division process.

Child custody visits with the in-laws: What are your rights?

Do you feel that your ex-spouse is a fairly reasonable person, but that his or her relatives are horrible? Perhaps you're concerned that your former in-laws will have a negative effect on your child and you'd like a child custody order that bars your child from spending time with them. Think again. Unless your ex-in-laws pose a clear threat to the safety of your child, you might not have any say in the matter.

Grandparents: When it comes to grandparents, they might have a legitimate, independent right to spend time with your kids. Regardless of whether they're your parents or your ex's parents, they might be able to file a lawsuit to ensure they can spend a small amount of time with your child.

Should you spend time with your ex and your child together?

Most divorced parents have heard the question from their children on multiple occasions: "How come you guys don't spend time together?" or, "Why can't the three of us do something fun with one another?"

This may be a difficult question for you to answer, but, like all single parents, you may have found a diplomatic answer to give your child. Maybe, you've even considered your child's request as an interesting idea.

2 questions that will help you divorce diplomatically

When you're ready to get a divorce, you may want to carefully consider your game plan for the process. Do you want to divorce peacefully, with dignity and respect for the benefit of yourself and your children, or do you want to risk the pain and heartache involved with a contentious break-up?

Lawyers, family counselors and psychologists would tell you to choose the latter option. In fact, divorcing in a peaceful and conciliatory way could be helpful to your pocketbook just as much as it helps your psychology. In order to help you along the path toward a stress-reduced break-up, here are two questions to ask yourself:

Child custody and travel time between the parents

Setting up a child custody plan that works given the reality of the parent's living circumstances is important. If the parents live on opposite sides of the country, the typical shared parenting arrangements simply won't apply.

Here are a few examples of parent living arrangements and how exes can adjust their parenting plans to accommodate the reality of their situations:

Will your couples therapist ever tell you to get a divorce?

If you're going to see a couples therapist -- or considering going to visit one -- with your spouse, you might be wondering if you're taking a big risk. Perhaps you actually want to get a divorce and you're worried that the couples therapist will convince you otherwise. Or, perhaps you're terrified that the therapist will actually recommend that divorce is the best option.

The outcomes of going to a couples therapist will probably give you clarity about whether you want to stay in a marriage or leave it, but most therapists will not outright tell you what to do. Most marriage counselors you go to will make a great effort to help you and your spouse reconcile your differences and find love for each other again. However, they will also make a great effort to ask you and your spouse the hard and necessary questions to ensure you come to the right decision.

Could a skin patch sensor help you avoid a DUI arrest?

Engineers from the University of California-San Diego have designed a wearable skin patch sensor that can help drivers understand how much alcohol is flowing through their bloodstreams. Researchers hope that the new technology will prevent drunk driving by informing motorists about when it's safe for them to drive.

The skin patch sensors pair to a user's cellphone through Bluetooth technology, providing information about blood-alcohol content.

Do horse and buggy drivers get charged with DUI's too?

When it comes to drunk driving offenses, anything is possible. In fact, even horse and buggy drivers can get charged with a drunk driving crime. This is exactly what happened in Minnesota to a 17-year-old Amish boy after police engaged in a not-very-high-speed chase to pull him over.

Once the young man was pulled over by authorities, they found he was in possession of an open beer container. However, getting him to stop was not entirely easy. Police claimed that the boy was belligerent with them when they tried to stop him and he attempted to ride away.

Why do spouses get divorced?

People change, couples grow apart and spouses get divorced. It's a fact of modern life that when two people are no longer compatible, they usually go their separate ways by filing for divorce. Although it doesn't necessarily make the break-up process easier to point a finger at the cause, most couples will invariably have one or several reasons why they chose to get divorced.

Here are some of the most common reasons why spouses decide to call it quits:

  • Infidelity: Marriage is traditionally intended to be a pact of fidelity, in which two people promise not to have sexual or romantic relations with any other person. Nevertheless, it's not uncommon for marital partners to go astray. Sometimes, once is enough. Other times, it's repeated infidelity that leads to the ending of a marriage.
  • Money challenges: Money disagreements create heated debates, and a lack of money can trigger fears and stresses that cause the breakdown of a marriage.
  • Poor communication: Sometimes two people don't communicate in the same way, which can lead to arguments, disagreements and a lack of trust.
  • Weight gain: We can easily judge it as "superficial," but numerous marriages have come to an unfortunate ending because one or the other of the spouses didn't take care of his or her appearance.
  • Arguments and bickering: Two people who can't ever see eye to eye should never get married. But sometimes it takes years for these kinds of irresolvable disagreements and constant arguments to surface.
  • Loss of sexual attraction: For whatever reason, two people could lose their sexual attraction for one another and decide to go their separate ways.

How do police officers know when drivers are drunk?

Police officers never know for certain whether drivers are drunk simply by looking at them. This is why they have to perform detailed field sobriety tests, blood and urine analyses and Breathalyzer tests to know for sure.

That said, a police officer cannot simply perform these tests on a driver without sufficient cause for suspicion. In order for such a suspicion to arise, officers will look for specific signs of alcoholic intoxication.


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