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Examining your career track after a divorce

There are a lot of different reasons why it is so important for many people to assess their career track after they split up with their spouse. Not only may they have new options, such as an easier ability to move for a better job, but they may have financial responsibilities that depend on their income. For example, those who will have to make child support payments or pay alimony might depend on their income (as well as their former spouse and even their kids).

When one’s career is interrupted due to a divorce, which is not uncommon, various hardships can also arise. The divorce process can be very draining in terms of time, money and emotions, and this can create hurdles for those who are facing various challenges in their lives after their marriage ends. Not only should people consider potentially lucrative opportunities, but they should also make sure that they stay committed to their career and do not lose focus due to a tough divorce.

How can dog owners be more responsible?

Dogs add a lot of joy to people's lives. However, dogs can also be quite threatening, especially when their owners fail to take the proper steps regarding training and obedience. Pet owners are obligated to prevent their animals from harming others or they may be held liable for dog bites or other issues. The Spruce explains a few of the many responsibilities of dog owners, many of which preserve the safety of their pets as well as other people. 

Obedience classes get dogs acclimated to being around others. Along with people, these classes can also make a dog feel more comfortable when in the presence of other dogs. The more comfortable a dog feels in these situations, the less likely he is to attack or lash out. Keep in mind that even seemingly sweet and kind animals can become aggressive when they feel threatened. Additionally, the supposed threat may not even be legitimate but the dog might still lash out. Proper training can also provide the proper disciplinary tools to dog owners, which allow them greater control over their pet. 

What's the proper etiquette in divorce court?

Among the many stressful aspects of divorce court, maintaining proper etiquette is just one thing to focus on. The impression you make on the judge will have an impact on the outcome, especially when it comes to child custody disputes. While your attorney should provide specific instructions based on the details of your case, The Balance also offers the following tips to ensure you present yourself and your case appropriately. 

Whatever you do, don't be late. This expresses a lack of respect for the court and its officers, which will be noted by the judge. Plan to be there at least 10 minutes early if possible. Not only does this look good, it also gives you time to do some last-minute conferring with your legal time. In the same respect, don't argue or insult the judge, even if you feel as though you or your case is being misconstrued. The best course of action is to answer questions concisely and only speak when spoken to. 

Am I in a toxic marriage?

Married couples are supposed to support one another through thick and thin. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A toxic relationship involves resentment, conflict, and unhealthy competition, all of which serve to undermine the union itself. Time offers the following signs of a toxic relationship so you can take the proper steps to care for yourself and your family. 

You should be able to discuss anything with your partner. After all, marriage is not without its ups and downs, and the important thing is being able to address issues in a constructive way. This is not so with toxic relationships. You might feel as though you can't broach any difficult subjects with your spouse, which guarantees that problems will never be resolved sufficiently. You may also experience an increase in symptoms of mental and emotional disorders. 

7 things to do after a hit-and-run accident

Nobody wants to start their day being involved in a car accident on the way to work. However, sometimes it happens. And sometimes, in addition to sideswiping your car, the other driver may not even stop so you can report the accident. In fact, more than one hit-and-run accident happens every minute in the United States, according to the AA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Often, hit-and-run accidents happen in a flash. If you are involved in a hit-and-run, you most likely won’t know what to do.

Pedestrian accidents involving young children

Pedestrians of all ages face numerous threats when they walk alongside the road or try to cross the street. However, some pedestrians are especially vulnerable, such as those who are very young. From toddlers to young children, there are a number of reasons why younger pedestrians may be especially likely to be involved in an accident. Not only do some have less experience with regard to walking near traffic, but they may also spend a great deal of time near the road (especially when school is out in the summer), thereby increasing their chances of being struck by a vehicle.

If you have a young child who was struck by a car, you may be devastated as a parent. Your child may have been seriously injured and you may be worried about how the accident will carry over into other parts of their life, such as their performance in the classroom and the physical and mental pain that they may have as a result of the accident. You may be furious with the driver who struck them and unsure of what to do next.

Divorce and your friends and family members

Sometimes, a divorce may be very straightforward, and couples are able to work together to bring their marriage to an end in an amicable manner. In other instances, a divorce may be highly contentious, especially if there is disagreement over child custody or another key topic. A difficult divorce can affect one’s life in numerous ways, and it can lead to other challenges that need to be addressed. For example, it may affect someone’s relationship with family members and their friends. Whether you tell your friends and relatives that you need some time to yourself or you turn to them for support during a difficult time, it is important to take this issue into consideration.

Sometimes, friends and family members can help someone work through a tough divorce. They may be able to offer emotional support and help someone move forward in all sorts of ways, such as spending time with someone getting divorced and partaking in recreational activities that can help them take their mind off of the divorce process.

Courtroom anxiety and divorce hearings

For some people, going to court can be incredibly stressful. Whether someone has had a bad experience in court before or they have never been to court and are completely unfamiliar with what to expect, there are multiple reasons why some people develop a high level of anxiety when it comes to court. Moreover, a divorce hearing can be especially stressful for many people, whether they are worried about false allegations of domestic violence, the financial impact of their divorce or how custody will be awarded. If you have intense anxiety over a divorce hearing, you should focus on preparing for court and doing what you can to ensure that you present your case properly.

Anxiety over a divorce hearing is completely normal, so people who are experiencing this challenge should not be hard on themselves. Moreover, there are a handful of strategies that may help people who are going through this. Reviewing all of the details of a divorce and having a firm grasp of relevant family law matters can be immensely beneficial. Also, some people benefit from taking part in healthy activities (such as surfing, jogging, playing sports, etc.) that help them take their mind off of the divorce topics that they are stressed out about.

How can I prepare my teen for driving?

According to Esurance, teen drivers have a 3 times higher risk of crashing when compared to adult motorists. As a result, most parents experience a bit of trepidation when their children receive their license for the first time. While you can't always prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take to ensure your child is driving with safety in mind. 

Graduated licensing programs set rules for new drivers to allow them to acclimate to driving at an even pace. Not all states have these programs in place, but that doesn't mean you can't use the same tactics in your home. For instance, the presence of passengers in a vehicle can actually serve as a distraction, so limit how many passengers your child can have when just starting out. Nighttime driving can also be challenging, so consider implementing a rule prohibiting your child from driving after a certain time.

What parts of summer schedule should divorced parents discuss?

The first summer vacation after a divorce can be difficult for the whole family. Typically, this is the time of year for many Minnesota families to get together and have fun before the children go back to school for three months. Now that the parents aren’t together anymore, it might be one of the most difficult post-divorce periods to adjust to.

It can also be a difficult time for many parents to organize their schedules as well. Since children don’t have school on the weekdays, most custody schedules often change around this time of year, and many parents have a harder time remembering which days they have the kids now. Even if you and your ex aren’t on the best terms after the divorce, it might be a good idea to sit down with them and discuss how you two will approach the upcoming season and what the other should know about.

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