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5 questions a parenting agreement should address

If the time comes to create a parenting agreement, such as during the mediation process, you need to understand what you should and shouldn't be focusing on. In other words, some details are more important than others.

The nice thing about a parenting agreement is that you can work with the other parent to ensure that both of you feel good about what the future will bring. You may have to compromise on some details, but this is all part of the process.

Which kind of joint custody fits your family's needs?

When two parents divorce or decide to end their relationship, they face the difficult task of working out a parenting agreement and custody plan. In most cases, courts prefer to award joint custody to both parents rather than only to one parent, as long as both parents demonstrate that they can work together to provide a good life for their child.

Custody issues generally revolve around what a court believes is best for the child. If one parent or the other poses some threat to safety or well-being of the child, or if only one parent has the resources to raise the child, then the court may award primary or even sole custody to one parent. Still, in most cases, the court prefers to award a form of joint custody to keep both parents involved in the life of the child.

Understanding a breathalyzer: How they malfunction

When you're accused of a DUI, you need to know that the evidence is accurate. If it's not, you face charges for something you may not have even done. For example, if the officer takes a breath sample that says you have a 0.1 percent blood alcohol concentration but your BAC is actually .05, that's a major difference and the difference between a drunk driving charge or going home that night.

Blood alcohol tests are most accurate when they're taken from blood. Despite that, breath tests performed on roadsides are standard and used as evidence in court.

Choosing an executor for your will is a big deal

It's easy to believe that creating an estate plan is as simple as deciding who will receive what upon your passing. While this is a big part of the process, there are other details that will come into play along the way.

For example, you need to choose an executor for your will. This sounds complicated, but it can be a simple task if you know which steps to take and how to make a final decision.

The divorce process starts with expressing your intentions

As you begin to think about the divorce process and what this can do for your future, it's easy to get ahead of yourself.

Rather than think about the many steps you need to take, you dream of a life in which you are no longer tied down by a bad marriage. While it is important to look toward the future, it's critical that you move forward one step at a time.

You must answer these child support modification questions

If you are required by the court to pay child support, you know just how important it is to stay current with your payments.

If at any point you realize that you are unable to make your payments in full, you need to learn more about your legal rights. There is no reason to believe that you have to struggle along, as you have the right to request a child support modification.

DUI defense: Is it time to negotiate a plea bargain?

The Maryland criminal justice system gives everyone the opportunity to defend themselves against criminal charges. In fact, you will remain innocent until -- and only if -- the prosecution proves you to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court, no matter what the charges.

That said, a criminal defense lawyer cannot work miracles. If the prosecution has irrefutable evidence of your guilt, then you will likely face conviction.

A parenting agreement is important to child custody

Going through divorce can be one of the most difficult things you ever do. This is particularly true if you have at least one child with the other parent.

When it comes to questions regarding child custody and visitation, you don't want to leave any stone unturned. You owe it to yourself and your child to work through all the finer details with your ex-spouse.

Child custody decisions: How are these made?

If you are going through divorce and have a child with the other parent, you may be concerned about the impact this will have on your relationship.

It's important to do what is best for your child, all the while making decisions that will also work in your favor.