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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.

Never ignore the many signs of drowsy driving

When you get behind the wheel of your car, it's important that you feel your best. If you're drowsy for any reason, such as a lack of sleep the night before, it's better to wake up before you hit the road.

It's critical that you never ignore the many signs of drowsy driving, as doing so could lead you to fall asleep at the wheel. And if this happens, you are almost guaranteed of being part of a motor vehicle accident.

Dirty car stop violates driver’s rights

Last month, an Ohio state trooper faced rebuke for stopping a car by claiming it was dirty. The Ohio Court of Appeals found that there was no legitimate reason for the stop, which happened in 2015. The trooper stated that the car was suspiciously dirty and fingerprints on the trunk looked unusual.

Visitation disputes: Utilizing a parental coordinator in Ohio

You and your spouse decided to divorce, but your visitation schedule does not work for you. Whether you worry about the lack of time spent with your children, whether your spouse does not pick-up or drop-off your children in a timely manner or you feel as though you deserve more schedule flexibility, you want to dispute against your current visitation plan.

In Ohio, instead of heading to costly court proceedings, you can settle visitation disagreements without the presence of a judge. Though a process called parental coordination, you and your ex-spouse can use another individual’s expertise to determine a new arrangement that proves fair and in the best interest of your children. Although hiring an attorney to resolve a visitation dispute may prove necessary in many divorce cases, if you and your ex-spouse hope to save time and money, collaboration with a parental coordinator may constitute a valuable option.

5 habits that can kill co-parenting

No one ever said that co-parenting is easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult at times. You hope to move on from your spouse after your divorce, but soon realize that co-parenting means you have to remain in communication with one another.

While it's challenging, always remember that you're doing it for your children.

Ohio cracking down on distracted driving

Distracted driving has been the focus of many departments of motor vehicles across the country, with a huge emphasis on texting and driving. However, thanks to a new law, all kinds of driving distractions will be monitored in Ohio.

Starting in late October, the state’s texting-and-driving ban will be expanded to include any form of distracted driving. It is a secondary offense, which means that if police pull over a motorist for a traffic violation they can add an additional ticket if a driving distraction contributed to the primary offense. Penalties for an offense include a fine up to $100 or attending a distracted driving course.

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