Joint Custody Is the Best Option, But It’s Hard Work

There’s a lot that’s been written about how the best case for children is for a family to stay together, and this may in some circumstances be true. I don’t see enough written, though, about the best option when the parents can’t get along, and that is joint custody.

Joint custody involves parents getting divorced but both parents remaining a constant presence in their children’s lives. How families split up time and major life decisions depends on each individual family, but the main point is that this is the best option out there when the parents simply can’t stay together.

Joint custody, however, is hard work. To make it work, you may need some advice to navigate the trickier elements of the process. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind while you prepare for your new life as joint custody parents.

Agree to put the kids first

You probably intend to do this anyway, but don’t leave it as an assumption. Verbalize this intention and get both parties to agree. Saying it out loud can help clarify the most important part of your divorce process.

Consider a lawyer for your divorce

As the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield point out, divorce is an emotional process, even when both parties are in general agreement about it. When it comes to custody, you really don’t want your emotions to take over (as we’ll see below). A lawyer can remove you and your emotional hurt from the equation and help settle the process more quickly and painlessly.

Try to find the schedule that works best for all parties

This is one of the reasons you don’t want emotions involved in this process. It can be very annoying to have to continue to accommodate your soon-to-be-ex-spouse’s schedule and needs, but it’s crucial if you want to keep your kids comfortable and make sure they grow up in the best environment.

Don’t punish your spouse with custody

Again, emotions come into play here. It’s normal to want to hurt those who have hurt you, but you simply can’t let that emotion become dominant when trying to organize joint custody. You have to think of your children’s needs first, or else, get a lawyer that can do that for you.

Make the most of your time

Once a custody schedule is organized and the divorce goes through, you’ll need to make some major adjustments in life. One of those will be to make the most of the time you have with your kids. When you are all living together, it’s easy to let this focus slip by. Once you only have certain days or blocks of time with your kids, you have to make sure they always come first so they get the most from their time with you.

If you can stick to these steps, you’ll be able to provide a loving and positive family environment with both parents taking active roles in how the children grow up. When keeping the family together isn’t a good option anymore, joint custody is the best option out there, if you can make it work.

The world of workplace injuries

You may not know it, but workplace injuries are common. Not only are they common, but they can encompass a large number of possible injuries.

What do you think of when you read “workplace injury”? I bet it’s an image of something extreme, like a massive stack of newspapers falling on someone, with them lying on the ground moaning. That is, of course, one form of workplace injury, but it’s by no means the only one, nor is it necessarily the most common.

And sure, serious injuries like broken bones and even things like limb amputation do happen, particularly in some more dangerous industries, but far more common, and far more overlooked are the less dramatic types of injuries that we either shrug off or don’t see coming.

Did you know spraining your ankle can be a workplace injury? If you sprained it while fulfilling your duties at work, it could count. Let’s say you were required to lift a new printer and install it for your offer, and you pulled your back a bit, that’s also a workplace injury.

Other smaller injuries still worth of being called workplace injuries include bruises and cuts. Again, if you were required to install that printer and you cut yourself with the box cutter, that’s a workplace injury. A bruise when you dropped the old printer on your foot while taking it to the trash: that’s also a workplace injury.

Slow and long-term injuries like carpal tunnel are also workplace injuries, particularly if they were sustained mostly from the activities you did at work.

It’s important that we begin to recognize such accidents as deserving to be called workplace injuries because every day many people shrug off such incidents and don’t get the compensation or rest they are entitled to. If you’ve bruised your foot badly after dropping that printer, you are entitled to getting it looked at and taking the time off your doctor says is necessary. Don’t just shrug off such incidents. Don’t return to work and blame yourself. The law is set up to protect you, even if the accident is relatively minor.

A great deal of pain is struggled through by those who don’t realize their rights. A burn when walking past the deep fryer deserves to be looked at by a doctor and treated properly. If you ignore it, you may suffer from pain and end up with a scar. Don’t just laugh this off and assume no one will help ease your suffering.

Once you recognize your rights, you’ll be able to not only watch out for yourself better, but watch out for your fellow employees who may also suffer similar problems.

There are a few important notes to add at the end here: there has to be some negligence on the employers’ part to entitle compensation (not necessarily time off or a doctor’s visit, but further compensation). Also, don’t go looking for injuries to earn time off, the results can often be more devastating than you intended.

What Makes a Social Event Awesome?

When it comes to social events, all you want is a great time, preferably one you can remember. Whether it is a wedding, an after-graduation celebration, or just a party with your friends and colleagues, this is true.

But what makes a social event awesome? Well, that may depend on what kind of event it is, but all social events have some general factors in common that influence success.

Cool venue and theme

We’ve seen them all – house parties, garden weddings, and product launches in hotel function rooms. There is nothing wrong about these venues, as there are many factors at play here, such as convenience, preference, and client’s wishes. But for a truly memorable experience, you can consider opting for unique venues and themes.

For example, according to the website of the Anita Dee Yacht Charters, yachts are already being used as unique venues for events like the ones mentioned earlier. Being in a moving vessel in water, even just as an idea, is already cool in itself. There are many other awesome locations out there, ranging from the adventurous private islands to the rebellious abandoned subway stations.

Smooth flow

Momentum is an important factor in a social event. Once you get things rolling, there is no turning back, because even minor bumps along the way can result into awkward pauses, guests not knowing what to do, and guests losing interest and engagement.

You should ensure that the events run smoothly, even on the transitions. You should also ensure the smoothness of everything in between, like the consistency of the DJ, the flow of food and drinks, and the engagement to arriving guests.

Free of accidents and injuries

An accident or injury in the social event is not awesome. In fact, the occurrence of such can break the mood of the social event, warrant an early dismissal, and make the event memorable in the wrong ways.

As a host, you are partially responsible for the safety of your guests. Make sure to take away possible hazards even before the event starts. Regulate alcohol consumption to avoid fights, accidents from poor body control, and automobile collisions that may occur from drunk driving.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

According to the Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, “If you are facing overwhelming financial difficulties and don’t know where to turn for help, you may need the assistance of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney. Chapter 7 is one of the most commonly sought forms of bankruptcy because it provides individuals with a way to discharge, or completely eliminate, many of their existing debts. If you are suffering under the weight of unmanageable debt, Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be able to provide you with much-needed relief. However, pursuing this debt relief option can be complicated, so it is important that you secure professional assistance if you think that Chapter 7 may be right for you.”

Bankruptcy is one legal solution available to individuals and businesses with overwhelming debts. Besides helping them regain control of their finances, the bankruptcy law also ensures the immediate cessation of whatever form of harassment law firms and debt collectors use to force debtors to make payments – this starts as soon as a declaration of bankruptcy is filed in court. (Forms of harassment employed by law firms and debt collectors include e-mails, phone calls, letters, text messages, lawsuits and others).

Specifically, Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a liquidation bankruptcy method that is best for people who have properties, but whose salary or income does not go above the limit stipulated by the chapter. As the definition suggests, this law will require the liquidation of a few of your properties (you can choose specific properties that should not be sold, though). The selling or the liquidation of your properties is to be done by a court-appointed trustee who will also distribute the amount earned to your creditors. Debts to be paid are only those categorized as non-dischargeable, such as court fines, alimony and student loans. Medical bills, business and personal loans, and debts due to use of credit cards are called dischargeable debts, meaning, the court may free you from the obligation of still paying these.

To determine eligibility under Chapter 7, an applicant will have to take and pass the means test. This test is a way to determine if your income is low enough to qualify you to seek protection under this chapter.

Long Term Effects of DUI Convictions

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has the obvious consequence of fines and jail times. But there are other consequences that are not as obvious, and some of them can even linger for years or even a lifetime.

License Revocations
Getting convicted of DUI can get your license revoked for up to 10 years, depending on the gravity of the offense and the consecutive times you have committed it. Having no license greatly affects your mobility and quality of life. If you have no license, you will have a harder time going to work or school, accomplishing errands such as getting groceries, and other tasks that may be more convenient if you have the privilege of driving.

This is not just an issue about convenience. It can also be an issue of responsibility. Without a license, you won’t be able to take the kids to school, and you won’t be very reliable on emergency situations. These may result into significant compromising and arguing within the family.

Employment Issues
If you have a job, your schedule may be compromised because of wasted times in court, jail times, and community service hours. You are at risk of losing your job because of your inability to show up at work and deliver your service. Some companies also fire those who have convictions. This is especially true if you are working on a company that involves driving, such as trucking and delivering companies.

If you do not have a job, you may have a hard time finding one because of the inherent bias against those with convictions.
Because of employment issues that can result from DUI convictions, you may have financial problems. They will affect the quality of your life and may even warrant significant lifestyle changes.

It is important to note that not because you have been arrested for DUI it already means that you are convicted. You can defend yourself, and there are lawyers out there who specialize on DUI defense, such as those from Truslow & Truslow.

But at the end of the day, prevention is always better than defense. Avoid driving under the influence by controlling yourself and knowing your limits.

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