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Do these things before telling your children about your divorce

Once you and your spouse decide in favor of divorce, it's time to turn your attention to the process itself. While doing so, don't overlook the importance of taking good care of your children. Their well-being is extremely important during this transitional period.

Here are a few things you should personally do before telling your children about your divorce:

  • Plan it out: This is not a discussion that you can afford to mess up. Your children rely on you for stability, so you need to give them a sense of peace during this conversation. With the right plan guiding you, it's easier to say the right things at the right time.
  • Find the best time in your schedule: Telling your children about your divorce isn't something you do on a whim. You need to choose the appropriate time and place, so look at your schedule to ensure that you find a slot that works.
  • Prepare for questions: Even if you're clear as to why you're getting a divorce and what comes next, it doesn't mean your children are on the same page. They may have a variety of questions, all of which you need to address to the best of your ability.
  • Create a plan to maintain routines: Your children are used to their daily routine, so do whatever it takes to maintain this (within reason). If too many things change at once, your children will find it more difficult to adjust.
  • Get a support system in place: It's not always easy, but talk to your soon-to-be ex-spouse about the ways you can work together to ease your children through the divorce process. Also, share your situation with friends, family, babysitters, teachers and anyone else of importance. The sooner you get a support system in place, the better off you'll be.

Do police officers really have a higher divorce rate?

You work in law enforcement. It's a tough job, but it's something you have always felt passionate about. Your father was a police officer, and you are following in his footsteps. You know how important it is to have a safe, civil society. You want to do your part.

However, you also know that your father and mother got divorced when you were a teenager. You have heard people say that the stress of the job is too much for many couples, so police officers have a higher divorce rate than the average population. Is this true?

Protecting custody time with your child is essential

Parents who are new to sharing custody of their child often have a hard time adjusting to these changes, no matter how much they hope to keep things amicable with the other parent. Some parents take this struggle too far, however, and significantly impact the custody time of the other parent. This violates their custody order in the process.

Courts do not consider custody orders flexible, and neither should parents. This is not to say that parents never have unexpected conflicts, which all of us encounter, but that parents must understand that their custody order is legally binding.

How to effectively ask your spouse for a divorce

If you've made up your mind that divorce is the only answer to your marital problems, there's something you need to do: Discuss your thoughts on the future with your spouse.

It's never easy to ask your spouse for a divorce, especially if this person doesn't know your true feelings. Even so, the longer you hold it inside, the more difficulties you'll face when the time finally comes to have this conversation.

4 tips to help your children adjust to life after your divorce

Creating a nurturing environment for your children after a divorce can help them to thrive as they adjust to the new way of life. It isn't always easy to figure out what is going to encourage them to enjoy the way things are now. Often, parents need to use a multifaceted approach.

While you are figuring out what works for the kids, you might be discovering what you need to do for yourself. As you become accustomed to your new role as a single parent and your children adjust to the divorce, you will learn what works and what doesn't. Think about these points as a springboard to discovering the methods that work for your situation:

Start thinking about custody, school schedules and holidays now

Most kids in the United States have the summer off from school. The summer is often a time when families take vacations and enjoy the great outdoors.

For divorced families, the back-to-school season can be a source of conflict. It may have been easy to remain flexible about your family situation during the summer when your kids are available all day.

Dividing retirement accounts and adjusting plans in a GA divorce

Figuring out how to split up assets in a divorce is commonly a point of contention between spouses. Many times, people focus on dividing the house. After all, the marital home is probably the single biggest investment you have made during your marriage.

There are other valuable assets that you shouldn't overlook, including your retirement fund or pension. Many people have preconceived notions about what will happen to their retirement in a divorce, but many times those ideas are not based in reality.

You could go to jail or lose custody over marijuana in Georgia

Marijuana is experiencing a sort of cultural Renaissance. Not so long ago, people thought of this popular drug as the intoxicant of choice of burnouts and hippies. These days, however, you can see it dominating television shows, featured in action movies and enjoying newfound acceptance in pop culture in general.

It would be understandable for people in Georgia to believe that this change in attitude has resulted in relaxed laws, but that would be a mistake. The prohibition of marijuana is still in full force in the state of Georgia, and any violation of state laws regarding marijuana could result in serious criminal penalties. Educating yourself about state laws is critical to keeping yourself, and your family, safe.

There are many ways to financially prepare for divorce

There is more to a divorce than bringing an end to your marriage. You also need to consider the many ways this will change your financial life.

If you don't focus on your finances up front, you could find yourself in an even more difficult position in the future.

Follow these road trip safety tips this summer

Are you in the process of planning a summer road trip? It doesn't matter if you're traveling alone, or with your family or friends, nothing changes the fact that your safety is more important than anything else (even having a good time).

The last thing you want to do is spoil your road trip by being part of a motor vehicle accident. Here are some safety tips you can follow:

  • Get plenty of sleep before you embark on your journey. You don't want to drive drowsy, as this will increase the likelihood of an accident. You need to be 100 percent alert at all times.
  • Prepare for a breakdown. You hope this doesn't happen, but you know that something could go wrong while you're on the road. If you break down, you'll want to move your car to safety, set up flares, and then call for help. Make sure you pack all the safety equipment you may need in the event of a breakdown.
  • Don't let distractions get in your way. On a long road trip it's easy to let distractions creep into your vehicle. This includes things such as talking on the phone, turning around to see your children in the backseat or playing with the radio settings. Any distraction, even a small one, can cause an accident.
  • Never drink and drive. It goes without saying that this is one of the biggest mistakes a driver can make, but it's something that you can easily forget on a long trip. So, rather than order a beer when you stop to take a break, grab yourself a glass of water.