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These co-parenting tips will help in any situation

Once your divorce is finalized, you can turn all your attention to providing your children with the best life possible. While it's not always easy, co-parenting is something you have to get used to.

Regardless of your situation, there are a variety of co-parenting tips you can follow:

  • Don't always think about yourself: Make decisions based on what's best for you, your children and your ex-spouse. When you consider the well-being of everyone, it's easier to achieve co-parenting success.
  • Communicate when necessary: You don't have to overdo it, but cutting off all communication with your ex will make it difficult to raise your children together. There are many ways to communicate, ranging from phone calls to text messaging. Find a method of communication that works for both of you and stick to it.
  • Don't argue about everything: You can expect to have disagreements from time to time. Even so, this doesn't mean you have to get into a heated argument with your ex. There are times when you need to stand up for yourself and push back. There are also times when it's better to let a minor disagreement slip by.

Take these steps if you spot a distracted driver

Just because you're paying attention to the road doesn't mean that other drivers are doing the same. Distracted driving remains a problem throughout the United States, with thousands of accidents, injuries and fatalities attributed to it every year.

Here are some key steps to take if you spot a distracted driver:

  • Assume that the driver doesn't see you
  • Keep your distance to protect yourself in the event that the driver makes a sudden move
  • Call 911 to report the behavior of the driver
  • Do not take matters into your own hands

Could a parenting coordinator help your family in divorce?

For many couples, agreeing about terms for custody is nearly impossible. Parents may argue about every little detail, motivated both by a desire to remain close to their children and a desire to "win" in the divorce. Unfortunately, this kind of approach can make divorce that much more difficult for the children.

Interacting can often provoke strong emotions that don't necessarily bring out the best in either parent. Especially right after a divorce, emotional strains can lead people to lash out at their ex during custody exchanges or casual discussions.

What can you do to maximize your chances at custody?

Both parents involved in a divorce usually have custodial rights granted to them, but the extent of those rights are what's in question. If you want to maximize your time with your child, then there are some things you need to do to show your abilities as a parent.

Your attorney will be familiar with the court system and judge presiding over your case, which is helpful. Here are three additional tips for getting the most out of your child custody case.

When spring rain falls, change your driving style

Springtime in Ohio is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Unfortunately, it often brings quite a bit of rain to the area.

If you find yourself on the road when the rain begins to fall, it's imperative to immediately change your driving style. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Slow down: This is the first step to take, as slowing down decreases the risk of hydroplaning and increases control over your vehicle. If it makes sense to drive slower than the speed limit, don't hesitate to do so.
  • Use your headlights: In addition to improving visibility, it allows other drivers to more easily spot your vehicle from a distance.
  • Leave more stopping space: It takes longer to stop your vehicle in slick conditions, so leave more space between your car and those in front of you. An extra one to two seconds can be the difference between avoiding an accident and striking another vehicle from behind.
  • Inspect your wipers and tires: Properly functioning windshield wipers are a must, as these help improve your visibility. Also, inspect your tires for proper tread depth, as this helps with traction in wet conditions.

What can you do about joint credit card debt in divorce?

Going through a divorce will prompt you to closely review your finances. In addition to your assets, pay close attention to any debt you share with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

For example, joint credit card debt is extremely common among married couples. If you're bogged down with this debt and heading toward divorce, here are some strategies to consider:

  • Pay off the debt before divorce: If you have the financial means to do so, pay off your joint credit card debt in full so that you don't have to worry about dividing it during the divorce process. For instance, you may be able to use money from your savings account to eliminate this debt.
  • Use a balance transfer credit card: Once you split up the debt onto separate cards, you can then manage it however you best see fit.
  • Cancel all joint credit cards: If you decide to split the balance, cancel the original joint credit card. This ensures that neither you nor the other individual is able to use it.
  • File for bankruptcy: If you qualify, you can file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with the idea of having the debt discharged. Remember, you'll need to file for bankruptcy before you divorce.

Eight questions your LLC operating agreement should address

Many entrepreneurs choose to structure their business as a limited liability company (LLC). Entrepreneurs often favor this structure because it involves beneficial components of both the corporation and partnership structures.

If you are starting an LLC, you probably already know there are numerous steps to take in the formation stage of your business. One of these steps is drafting the LLC operating agreement, which details the members’ rights and responsibilities for the business, as well as how the business will operate. When signed, this document binds the members to its terms.

Defensive driving can keep you safe: Follow these tips

Defensive driving is extremely important to your well being on the road, as taking this approach can help you safely reach your destination. It may be a change to what you're used to, but once you understand the finer details of defensive driving you'll realize it's for the better.

Here are four tips you can follow to turn yourself into a defensive driving pro:

  • Be aware of other drivers: You should always know what other drivers are doing, including where they are currently positioned and the next move they may make.
  • Assume the other driver isn't as cautious as you: Despite the fact that most people try to drive safely, don't give anyone the benefit of the doubt. Assume that other drivers will make a mistake, as this will prepare you to take action to avoid an accident.
  • Leave more space: At a minimum, leave a two-second space between you and the vehicle in front of you. For enhanced safety, lengthen this out to four seconds.
  • Avoid all distractions: Any distraction, from a cell phone to joking with passengers, greatly increases the risk of an accident. If you have to do anything outside of driving, pull to the side of the road.

How parents can minimize their kids' stress amid divorce

No matter how hard divorcing parents work to minimize the impact of their break-up on their children, those kids are likely to experience some level of stress. It's important for parents and other adults in children's lives (like coaches and teachers) to be on the lookout for signs of stress.

These can include regressing to behaviors they had outgrown, emotional outbursts and exhibiting new fears and anxieties. Signs of stress can also be more physical in nature -- including stomach problems, headaches, bedwetting and changes in eating and sleeping habits.

Property division in divorce: Address these questions

Once you decide to divorce, there will come a point in the near future when you begin to think about property division. Although you may have concerns about equitable division, there are steps you can take to put your mind at ease.

Here are some of the most common questions associated with property division in divorce:

  • Do you know the difference between marital and separate property? If you acquired an asset during your marriage, it's almost always considered marital property and is subject to division. However, if you bring an asset into your marriage, it may not be subject to division.
  • What happens to the family home? There's no easy answer to this question, as it depends largely on your situation and what you negotiate with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. For example, the person with physical custody of your children may decide to stay in the home to maintain stability. Or maybe you decide to sell the home and split the proceeds. There is more than one option to consider.
  • How does debt affect property division? It's easy to focus on assets, but most people don't want to think about all their debt. This must also be divided in a divorce and can include things such as credit cards, mortgage, car loans and personal loans.

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