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How to tell your children about your upcoming divorce

Telling your kids that you and your spouse are going to divorce may be one of the most difficult conversations you have with your children. While there is no cookie-cutter script that will work in every situation, there are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare to break the news.

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Placing trust in your criminal defense attorney

When your freedom and your good name is at stake, it can be hard to trust another person to protect your interests. As criminal defense lawyers, no one knows this better than we do. While we empathize and understand this reaction, we also know that mutual trust and cooperation between an attorney and the defendant is a critical element of creating a solid criminal defense.

If you feel you cannot trust your lawyer, you might be tempted to be less communicative, which could have a negative effect on your entire defense. In the interests of improving your situation if you are facing charges, we offer the following tips to help you trust your chosen attorney.

  • Ask questions about your lawyer's experience with cases similar to yours
  • Find out how many cases your attorney has won and how many he or she has lost
  • Ask how your lawyer prepares a defense strategy and if he or she is able to conduct an investigation into the details of your case
  • Tell your attorney about any concerns you have regarding your case
  • Pay attention to the responses you receive from your lawyer to determine how committed he or she is to your defense.

Using parenting provisions to ensure the welfare of your child

Imagine you were married to a spouse who didn't contribute anything to the family. Perhaps you were responsible for all of the child-rearing tasks or you earned all of the money for your household, whereas your spouse lazily did nothing. If your spouse is an irresponsible, disorganized person, it can be terrifying to leave your children with him or her in a joint custody arrangement. How do you know your children will be bathed, fed and cared for in a supportive and nurturing environment?

By including specific parenting provisions related to child rearing within your parenting plan, you can create legal requirements pertaining to the care of your child. If the other parent fails to carry out these requirements, you can take legal action to enforce the agreement. Here are several examples of parenting provisions related to child rearing:

Get into the habit of following these co-parenting tips

The thought alone of co-parenting is enough to scare you. You know how important it is to protect your children. At the same time, you worry about your ability to get along with your ex-spouse.

There are several co-parenting tips you can follow to ease the tension and ensure a better future for everyone.

  • Take everyone's feelings into consideration: Rather than think about yourself all the time, consider the impact of each decision on your children and your ex-spouse. This alone will help you make better decisions.
  • Keep an open mind: It's nice to find a schedule that works and stick with it, but flexibility is a big part of co-parenting success. With an open mind, it's easier to maintain peace.
  • Not everything has to turn into an argument: There are times when you have no choice but to push back. There are also times when a minor argument with your ex can be overlooked.
  • Focus on the importance of communication: You don't have to speak with your ex every day, but you should communicate with them when necessary. You can do so over the phone, in person or via email or text. Just make sure you choose a communication method that allows you to easily get in touch and stay in touch.

Cincinnati landscaper accused of fraud over minority contracts

Did a large Cincinnati landscaping company set up a shell company in order to deceive the city and state so that it could win contracts earmarked for small businesses or minority-owned companies?

Those are essentially the allegations against the owner of Evans Landscaping, a prominent figure in the Cincinnati business community. Aside from fraud and deceptive business practices, the owner is also accused of wire fraud. If convicted of all the charges, the company owner could be sentenced to 103 years in prison.

Tips for sharing custody of your children during the holidays

The holiday season is busy for most people. Even if you try to keep things simple, there's a good chance you'll find a few extra activities on your plate. This is particularly true if you're co-parenting during this time of the year.

Here are three tips for sharing custody of your children with your ex-spouse during the holidays:

  • Talk it out in advance. If you wait until the last minute to discuss details, you could end up at odds with your ex-spouse. Discuss your plans well in advance, as this gives you time to work through any disagreements.
  • Split the holidays in half. When possible, make sure both parents are able to spend time with their children. This may require you to run around more than usual, but it's in the best interest of your child.
  • Spend the holidays together. It may sound impossible, but consider the idea of everyone spending the holiday season with one another. Remember, you're not doing this because you want to get back together with your ex-spouse. You're doing this because you want your children to enjoy themselves at this special time of the year. It's not the right solution for every situation, but you should at least consider it.

What should you do when entering a work zone when driving?

Driving through a work zone can be frustrating, but it's a way of life for all drivers. If you find yourself in this position, there are steps you can take to maintain your safety and that of those around you.

Here are three things you should always do:

  • Slow down: The best thing you can do is slow down, as this gives you more time to react to anything that happens, such as a construction worker walking in front of your vehicle.
  • Watch the traffic ahead: Things have a way of changing quickly in construction zones, so you always need to keep your eyes ahead. For example, traffic can quickly come to a halt, thus causing you to do the same.
  • Obey all road signs and flaggers: Signs and flaggers are there for a reason, so obey what you're being told. An example of this is a speed limit sign prompting you to slow down.

Protecting your business from marital or divorce-related disputes

Sometimes the personal aspects of someone’s life can have a detrimental impact on their professional success. For owners of a business in Ohio, there is a great deal of risk associated with mixing business and personal life if one could potentially derail the other.

If you are thinking of launching a new business venture or are currently the owner of a business, consider some ways to mitigate the chances of a personal problem morphing into a professional one. For example, businesses with multiple owners need to consider what could happen if one owner gets a divorce.

These causes of distracted driving are common

It's easy to think about distracted driving and assume it will never be a problem for you. Just the same, you may assume that other drivers are always paying attention to the road.

There are many causes of distracted driving, some of which are more common than others. The following seven are extremely common, not to mention dangerous:

  • Texting: When you're texting, you're not watching the road ahead. Also, you will only have one hand (maybe none) on the wheel.
  • Smoking: Smoking is a distraction, as it can take your attention away from the task at hand. Once again, your hands may not be on the wheel.
  • Eating or drinking: It sounds like a great way to make up time, but any time you eat or drink in the car, you have the potential to lose sight of what you're doing when it comes to driving.
  • Daydreaming: This can happen at any time of the day, regardless of how long you're behind the wheel.
  • Reaching for an item: This can include things such as a cellphone in a glove box, a toy under the seat or a drink in the cup holder.
  • Passengers: When driving with others, it's important to let them know that you need to pay attention to the road and your surroundings.
  • Adjusting vehicle controls: The radio, audio and climate settings may need adjusting at some point, but you should be careful of how and when you do this.

How will you handle credit-card debt in the face of divorce?

As you stare down the divorce process, you'll come to find that matters of property division quickly move to the front of your mind. It's important to focus on this detail, but you should never lose sight of any debt that you share with your spouse.

For example, credit-card debt and divorce don't mix well. You must have a plan for dealing with this in a timely and effective manner.

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