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Emotional abuse allegations can have huge impacts on defendants

Many marriages are happy, and everyone hopes that theirs will be too. There are times when it might start out nicely, and then all of a sudden, your spouse accuses you of trying to control them. When this happens, they are accusing you of mental abuse without actually saying those words. You have to think carefully about what you are going to do because domestic violence is a serious matter.

Many people think that domestic violence only includes physical contact, but this isn't the case. It is fully possible for your spouse to petition for divorce based on perceived emotional abuse. In order to prevent this from happening, you need to understand what it entails.

Everything you may need to know about a DUI traffic stop

Nothing can ruin your nice evening out like seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror. Being pulled over for suspected drunk driving is scary, but it can be even more overwhelming if you find yourself without a driver's license and facing criminal charges by the end of the night. Where do you go from here?

One thing that may be helpful is to learn more about DUI traffic stops. This includes why Colorado police pull drivers over, what should happen when interacting with law enforcement and what to do after. When you know these things, it will be easier to defend yourself and figure out where to start with crafting the right type of defense strategy. 

Show children the power of optimism through actions

One of the lessons parents need to teach their children is that not all negative situations have to lead to them becoming pessimistic. Instead, you should work toward teaching them to look for positives in every situation. One powerful time for this to happen is if you are going through a divorce or are in the process of adjusting to changes in the current parenting plan.

Your children likely learn the most from watching you. They tend to emulate the adults who are in their life. This makes you one of the best people to lead them toward optimistic thinking. There are several ways that you can do this.

Waves of emotions are common in the first year of divorce

Some people are shocked when they start to feel sad because they got divorced. This is a difficult thing to experience because most people expect that they will remain happy. Once you realize that you aren't totally happy, you have to figure out what to do.

For many people, the sadness that occurs in this situation is because of the loss of familiarity. You aren't going to have someone to share life's ups and downs with like you did when you were married. This can lead to you feeling a bit upset. It can also be because you feel bad that you wasted as much time as you did on a marriage that didn't last.

How to prepare for a child custody hearing

As you began your divorce proceedings, you probably thought about trying to resolve your child custody issues without having to go to court. Perhaps the other parent wouldn't cooperate, or some other extenuating circumstance that prevents you from amicably working out a plan exists.

It doesn't matter whether you are requesting sole or joint custody. You still need to show the court that this would serve the best interests of the children. You cannot simply walk into a Denver courtroom and tell the judge that is what you want and expect the judge to simply agree.

Halloween is coming fast, set custody plans now

Child custody around the holidays is difficult. With Halloween coming up soon, now is the time to determine what's going to happen for all the fall and winter ones. If you have a parenting time schedule set already, this information is likely in there so you can review it to see when your children will be with you. If you don't have one set, you should start the discussions with your ex as soon as possible.

It is difficult for some parents to come to the realization that they won't spend every holiday with the kids. The only way that you could see them on each one is if you use a method for splitting the actual days so they spend half the day with each parent, but that might cause stress on the kids and is only appropriate if you and your ex live close to each other.

Prenuptial agreements are important even for young people

Many young people might believe that they don't need a prenuptial agreement. This is an incorrect belief and that can lead to trouble later in life. There are several reasons why you should have a prenup even if you don't have many assets now.

Having student loans is a big reason to have a prenup. If you obtained those loans before the marriage, they are considered separate debt. You don't need to be liable for your future spouse's student loans, and they shouldn't have to pay for yours if the marriage ends. You can also cover other debts that one person had coming into the marriage.

Your finances changed, but can your support order change, too?

Your divorce is final, but it may surprise you how much that choice is still affecting many areas of your life. You probably had to make financial adjustments, get used to new parenting schedules and much more. However, the changes you may experience don't stop once things are final and you feel settled. You may find that your financial circumstances and ability to pay child support are no longer what they used to be.

Through reasons you cannot control and circumstances you did not expect, you may find yourself unable to continue with the same payments you made in the past. This has no bearing on your ability to be a good parent, yet you may be unsure of what you can do in this situation. Thankfully, it is possible to sometimes secure a modification to an existing child support order. 

Types of domestic violence and your options

Domestic violence is a serious problem, but it is one that goes far beyond the physical abuse that some people associate with it. This situation impacts the adults, as well as children who are in the home. The children are watching what's going on and might think that the behavior is normal. They might not have a model for a healthy relationship.

For the adults in the situation, recognizing the different types of domestic violence might help them to stop it. Victims might be so used to the other person's techniques that they don't see a problem. Abusers might think that their actions are justified.

Child custody: Some things don't change after divorce

Parents who are going through a divorce might not realize just how much life will stay the same when they are split up. It is true that they will live in separate homes, but this doesn't mean that they aren't going to have to communicate and work together. They will still need to remain a parenting team as they raise the children.

This can be a difficult situation to work through, especially in the beginning when everything is still so new. One thing that you must insist upon is that all interactions with each other are respectful. You will have some events that will require you to come face-to-face with your ex, so be prepared for this so that you can keep the focus on the kids.

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