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Divorce mediation can protect your kids and give you more control

Getting divorced is an emotional process. For many people, it is also nerve-wracking. It can be difficult to predict how the courts will rule on critical aspects of the divorce, such as child custody and asset division. Unfortunately, when you litigate your divorce, all the power is in the hands of the judge presiding over your case. That can leave you and your spouse unhappy with the outcome.

For some couples, mediation could be an excellent alternative to traditional divorce court. In mediation, you and your spouse, along with your individual attorneys, sit down with a neutral third party. You discuss various issues and work your way to compromise on topics such as vacations and the division of holidays for custody or who gets the vacation home. You can push on issues that matter more to you and concede on those that don't.

Speeding tickets: Common and costly

As a parent and someone who works outside the home, you spent a lot of your time on the roads. Whether it's running your kids to an after-school event or driving to work in the morning, you're exposed to the highway and residential streets all the time.

Recently, you received a speeding ticket when you were rushing to get to your child's school on time. You know that speeding tickets aren't that big of a deal, but you want to make sure that it won't affect you in any long-term ways you haven't thought of. What should you know about speeding tickets?

Address potential drawbacks of a prenuptial agreement

If you are interested in creating a prenuptial agreement, it's a good idea to learn more about the pros and cons of this legal document as soon as possible. In other words, you don't want to focus on this a few weeks before your wedding.

While there are a variety of benefits associated with the creation of a prenuptial agreement, such as the ability to protect assets that you bring into the marriage, there are some potential drawbacks as well. Here are a few that you need to think about:

  • You need to discuss the creation of a prenuptial agreement with your soon to be spouse. This may not sound like a big deal, but it could lead to an argument if you don't take the right approach.
  • It can be difficult to understand the best way to handle certain issues and situations in the future. So, what you write into your prenuptial agreement today may not be applicable down the road.
  • One person could agree to something that doesn't suit their best interests over the long run. This often happens because the person does not want to say anything that upsets their partner.

Resolving a child custody dispute with your child's help

It's fairly normal for a couple to have differing opinions on what is better for their child when it comes to divorce. Perhaps one parent believes he or she would do better with him and the other thinks the child would do better with her.

The truth is that these disputes can drag out, but it's important to nip them in the bud as soon as possible. One possible way to resolve child custody concerns is to speak with your child about what his or her wants and needs are. Of course, the amount you discuss with your child will depend on his or her age.

These child support modification tips are a must to follow

As long as your financial situation remains the same, you may not run into any challenges when it comes to paying child support.

However, if your finances change for any reason, such as a job loss, you may realize that making full child support payments can be a challenge. Along with this, you may find it difficult to pay on time.

Why you need an attorney for Maryland DUI charges

Getting arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) charge can be stressful and embarrassing. Sometimes, a DUI charge stems from a mistake, such as leaving an office party after a few drinks. Other times, it could be the result of a medical condition or even a problem with how a breath test was administered. It is common for people to face DUI charges in Maryland when they weren't actually impaired at the wheel. Regardless of your personal situation, your best chance for a positive outcome is directly tied to working with an attorney who can help create a strong DUI defense.

While you may think that pleading guilty is the fastest way to resolve this issue, it could have serious consequences. Your employer may fire you once you have a criminal record. Even if you don't lose your job immediately, losing your license after a DUI charge could result in a lot of missed work. Finding a new job or in some cases, housing, can be difficult after a DUI charge. Many employers and landlords won't consider anyone with a criminal record. Pleading guilty can end up costing you a lot in the long run. Defending yourself against DUI charges represents your best option in this situation.

Your summer plans might be impacted by custody terms

The school year is coming to a close. This means that parents all across the country need to take steps to make sure that their children are taken care of for these months without school.

Parents who are divorced face some interesting challenges for the summer months. One of the reasons that can make this a difficult period is because the child might spend part of the summer with one parent and the rest of it with the other parent. Here are some issues this can cause:

When should I think about getting my affairs in order?

Many people think that they have plenty of time to get their affairs in order before they pass away. While this might very well be true, nobody knows the exact time or place where they will perish.

One thing that you should realize is that if you die and don't have an estate plan in place, your estate will be handled in accordance with the applicable state laws. You will be said to have died intestate.

Alimony might be part of your divorce decree

Divorce is never easy. It comes with emotional and financial turmoil. You will have to face various issues such as figuring out the best co-parenting plan for your children, dividing your marital property, and finding a way to support yourself now that you will no longer have your husband's income. Facing the reality of your new financial situation can cause a great deal of stress.

When couples divorce, spousal support, or alimony, might be part of the divorce settlement. Depending on your specific circumstances, the court might award you alimony to lessen the impact of the change in your finances. An experienced Columbia attorney can help you with all aspects of your divorce, including any support issues. Read further for more information on spousal support.

3 things to do if you want to relocate with your child

Parental relocation is a difficult subject when it involves taking a child a distance away from his other parent. Your ex may not be happy to hear that you want to move, even though it means you'll have a better job to provide for your child. The fact is, if your ex wants to put up a fight, he can. He can push to keep you in the area or state, so you can't put too much of a distance between him and your child. There are a few things you can do to help make sure the court rules in your favor, though.