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What should you include in your parenting agreement?

When going through a divorce, it's critical to think about the future well-being of any children you have with your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Through the creation of a parenting agreement, you can reduce the likelihood of unnecessary arguments and stress.

While it's important to create a parenting agreement, it's not always easy to do so. In addition to deciding what to include, you'll need to negotiate the terms and conditions with the other parent.

What you need to know about field sobriety tests

When the police pull you over on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OWI), you can be sure that they will ask you to take a field sobriety test, and likely a breathalyzer. However, not many people know what these tests entail and whether or not you are legally required to take them.

The amount of Michigan dwellers who report driving after drinking more than they should is the same as the national average, which is why it is important to educate yourself on field sobriety tests. If you are even in a situation where the police pull you over, you will know whether you need to take the field sobriety tests, or just the chemical tests.

Follow these co-parenting tips to reduce tension

Although the divorce process is challenging, if you have children with your ex-spouse, you'll soon learn that it was just the beginning. As you move into the co-parenting stage, there's no shortage of challenges that stand in your way.

Here are five co-parenting tips you can follow to reduce tension:

  • Talk everything out. If you have a problem, don't hide it from your ex. Talk about it openly with the goal of finding a solution.
  • Follow the parenting agreement. You created this agreement for a reason. Following it is the best way to keep both parents on the same page.
  • Be flexible with schedules. You want to follow your parenting agreement, but don't hesitate to alter your schedule when necessary. For example, you may need to ask your ex to temporarily switch the days you visit with your children.
  • Don't argue about everything. There are things worth arguing about. There are also things you should sweep under the rug, as they're not worth the fight.
  • Cut back on unnecessary conversation. For example, when exchanging your children, keep your conversation on topic and concise.

Traffic tickets and driving record points

Some might assume that traffic tickets aren’t very serious. However, how a person responds to receiving such a ticket can be impactful on many fronts. Being found guilty of a traffic offense can have many implications for a driver. This includes points possibly being added to his or her driving record.

Can you be denied a divorce?

Breakups are seldom mutual — even for married couples. If your spouse is against getting divorced, you may wonder how to begin the process.

Today, certain legal measures have been put in place to allow one spouse to proceed with a divorce — whether the decision is mutual or not. If you may be involved in a divorce that is not mutual, read on to learn about your options.

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