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Considering the benefits of successful collaborative divorce

Divorce is never easy, and it can be an extremely lengthy, combative and expensive process if couples cannot agree on major points.

On the other hand, even couples who may not be in tune on everything but are willing to work together in the spirit of compromise have much to gain in a collaborative divorce.

Are you asking for a divorce? Avoid these details for now

As you prepare to ask your spouse for a divorce, you'll realize that your life will never be the same after you split.

Even if it's for the better, you're likely to have questions and concerns regarding the impact of your divorce on your personal life, finances and any children you have together.

Surgery may be necessary after a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury can result from a motor vehicle crash, slip and fall, fall from height or many other types of accident.

If you suspect a traumatic brain injury, receiving immediate medical care should be your top priority. Your doctor will examine you and run a variety of tests, such as an MRI and CT scan, to better understand your injury and the type of treatment you require.

Use a property division checklist to protect your assets

As you prepare for divorce, you'll constantly deal with changing emotions. One day you're sad and upset, while the next you're upbeat about everything the future will bring.

While you care for yourself, it's critical to take steps to protect your legal rights. And for many people, this starts with understanding what they can and can't do in regard to property division.

Parenting time interference can turn into a major problem

Sharing parenting time with your ex-spouse is easier said than done, as this person may not be willing to follow the terms and conditions of your child custody and visitation agreement.

Parenting time interference is a common problem that can put a strain on you're already damaged relationship with your ex. This comes into play when a parent disrupts the other parent's time with their children.

Yes, a prenuptial agreement may be right for you

Your wedding day is closing in fast, and you soon realize that you need to discuss the creation of a prenuptial agreement with your partner. While it's not the easiest conversation to have, getting your feelings out in the open will allow you to feel better about the future.

Here are some of the many reasons why a prenuptial agreement may be right for you (and your partner):

  • To document your individual property: If you and/or your partner are bringing separate property into the marriage, such as a house, car or inheritance, you can use a prenuptial agreement to ensure that it remains this way in the future. That way, in the event of a divorce, it's not subject to property division.
  • To protect the inheritance rights of other children: If you have children from a previous relationship, you may want to use a prenuptial agreement to protect their inheritance rights, as things are sure to change once you tie the knot.
  • To assign debt to each individual: Just the same as assets, you and/or your partner may be bringing debt into the marriage. From credit cards to student loans to back taxes, there are many types of debt. Adding these to your prenuptial agreement will ensure that you're not on the hook for paying these debts should you divorce.

Do you understand the 3 categories of distracted driving?

There are many different types of distracted driving, ranging from talking on the phone to texting to eating and drinking behind the wheel.

Every type of distracted driving falls into one or more of these categories:

  • Manual distraction: This is when you take one or both hands off the wheel. You answer the phone, send a text message or maybe pick up a coffee cup. Without one or both hands on the wheel, there's a greater chance of causing an accident should you need to adjust your course or make a quick decision.
  • Cognitive distraction: This is when you're not focused on the task at hand, but instead thinking about something else. Common examples include talking to a passenger or thinking about something that's happening at work or at home.
  • Visual distraction: There are many visual distractions that can take your attention away from the road ahead and the dangers around you. Maybe you're adjusting the radio station or navigation controls. Or maybe you turn around to see what your children are doing in the back seat. When your eyes aren't on the road, there's a greater chance of causing an accident.

Use virtual visitation to your advantage after divorce

Your post-divorce life, especially as it pertains to raising your children, is sure to be different than what you're used to.

If you have visitation rights, it's critical to make the most of the time you spend together with your children. When you're not physically in the same location, you may want to look into the many benefits of virtual visitation:

  • Opportunity to see your child's face, such as before bedtime or after winning an award
  • Ability to help your children with homework
  • Streamlined and efficient way to have daily conversations, such as in the morning or before going to bed
  • Opportunity to witness events live, such as recitals and sports games

What to say to your co-workers about your divorce

Divorce is a personal decision, so it's your right to keep it to yourself. However, there may come a point when you want to share your situation with the people in your life, which includes your co-workers.

Explaining what's happening to your co-workers is not always easy, but these tips can help:

  • Write it out: Rather than think on your feet, have a basic idea of what you want to say. If nothing else, it can provide you with a good lead-in to the conversation.
  • Don't talk to everyone the same way: For example, if you have a close relationship with a particular co-worker, you may want to tell them face-to-face outside of work. Conversely, if you're telling your boss about your divorce, doing so in a brief email may be the best way to go.
  • Get support: If you're going to tell your co-workers about your divorce, don't necessarily shoot them down when they want to provide support. This doesn't mean you have to include them in the divorce process, but lean on them for support when necessary. This can be as simple as asking for someone to cover for you during a particularly bad day.

Post-accident concussion treatment

A car accident has the potential to cause many types of injuries, with a concussion one of the most common. Even a minor blow to the head can cause a concussion, resulting in a variety of symptoms that can impact your life.

If you have any reason to suspect a concussion, seek immediate medical treatment following your accident. Your medical team can run a variety of tests, such as a neurological exam and MRI, to determine the severity of your concussion.

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