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Navigating the holidays as divorced parents

Oklahoma residents who are going through or have gone through a divorce should consider how to parent during the holidays. Holidays come with extra struggles for separated or divorced families who have to juggle custody of their children. Since this can produce dilemmas wrought with feelings for both parents and children, it may help to approach the holidays with a plan already in place.

First, it is important for divorced parents to remember to focus on what would best benefit their children. Putting feelings about their former partners aside is vital, which may be a difficult undertaking for many people. Having a support system in place, such as a therapist or friends and family, can go a long way toward mitigating divorce-related holiday stress. A support system can also help people make holiday-related parenting decisions as they do not have to experience the raw emotions the divorced couple has to deal with.

Understanding how BAC affects driving

Drunk driving charges in Oklahoma are based on blood alcohol concentration, or BAC. Different levels of alcohol in the blood have been shown to affect driving differently, and the legal limit established across the country is currently set at .08 percent. Breathalyzer tests are used by police to measure BAC by the side of the road. Since the differences between a legal BAC and an illegal one can be small, it is important that these machines are properly calibrated. If they are not, people charged with DUI can raise that failure to maintain the equipment as part of their defense.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that driving may be affected with a BAC of as little as .02 percent. People may feel a sense of relaxation, warmth, changed mood and some loss of ability to judge. They may be less able to concentrate on two tasks at once and lose visual acuity. In addition, at a BAC of .05, the effects of alcohol become more severe. People may have some loss of muscle control that affects the ability to focus their eyes. Drivers may begin to feel especially good but also become less alert and inhibited with a weakened emergency response.

Top financial mistakes to avoid during a divorce

Oklahoma couples who are splitting up should be aware of common financial mistakes that are made during a divorce. For example, some exes might be tempted to try to make themselves feel better by spending money. However, this is likely to backfire when they have to pay the bills.

Another mistake is liquidating assets to pay bills. This could incur taxes, and it could also affect a person's financial plan. In fact, creating a strategy may be one of the best ways to avoid financial mistakes. With a financial plan, an ex might also realize that the mortgage and upkeep of the home are too expensive to manage on one income.

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FIVE WAYS To INCREASE Your Chances of Winning A Custody Battle

No matter which way you slice it, divorce is hard. There is rarely a circumstance or situation where divorce comes without its difficulties-- either financially, emotionally or mentally. The situation grows even grimmer when minor children are involved in the process. It's difficult enough to divide assets and separate what once were the inner workings of an intimate life. But to also be faced with dividing time with children can become an entire battle of its own.

Scope and limitations of prenuptial agreements

Prenuptial agreements entered the public consciousness in Oklahoma as a legal tool for the wealthy, but they have benefits to offer people of any socioeconomic status. Prenuptial agreements allow people to outline the terms of property division in the event of a divorce, but they can specify other obligations. Their reach is not unlimited, however, and these agreements are not immune to legal challenges.

Prenuptial agreements allow people to make financial decisions pertaining to divorce in the absence of pressure or hostility. They have the potential to insulate people from prolonged disputes if their marriages dissolve. The terms can direct the division of real estate and even state who gets a family pet. If spousal support might factor into a divorce, the prenuptial agreement could spell out the amount and duration of alimony.

Accepting the realities of co-parenting in a Oklahoma divorce

Divorce will drastically change the landscape of your family, as well as the way you live your life. If you share children, a divorce is less the end of your relationship then a change in its nature. After all, shared custody is the most likely outcome, and you will still spend large amounts of time with your ex, even if you only see each other to exchange custody every few days.

If you are going to remain an active part of the lives of your children, you will see each other regardless of how you feel about one another. While you may have strong feelings after your divorce, your best option is to try to find common ground and work together as co-parents moving forward. Accepting your shared parental responsibilities is the critical first step toward developing a new relationship with your ex.

Overdue child support and homeownership

Prospective Oklahoma homebuyers who are delinquent in paying child support should be aware that these payments are considered debt for mortgages purposes. This means that delinquent child support is counted as a derogatory credit event that can impair the chances of obtaining a mortgage approval. While such a low mark can be a major hindrance, there are other options that may allow a buyer to qualify for a mortgage.

When trying to obtain a mortgage, it is important that a buyer obtain a copy of their credit report and examine what is being disclosed. They should also determine if their FICO score falls within the requirements set by mortgage lenders. To determine if monthly mortgage payments will be affordable while having to pay any overdue child support, one can enter their information in a home affordability calculator.

Mobile workers prone to distracted driving, says report

The growing mobile workforce in Tulsa and across the country could be a significant contributor to the threat posed by distracted driving. When people consider distracted motorists, they often think of teens texting while driving. However, smartphones can be just as big a problem among connected mobile workers. According to a report by the vehicle management platform Motus, smartphone ownership among mobile workers is highly correlated with a growing accident rate. While 55 percent of these workers owned smartphones in 2015, 77 percent had such devices in 2017. During the same period, car accident figures also increased 12.3 percent, from 5.7 million to 6.4 million.

The Motus study noted that mobile workers on average take 49 percent more trips than other types of American workers. In addition, mobile phone use is most common from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. when mobile workers are out on the job. According to the study's calculations, a typical mobile worker drives around 1,200 miles while distracted each year. This dramatically raises the risk of car accidents.

Should You Be Getting Divorced Quickly?

Rarely would we recommend speeding up the process of divorce. In the vast majority of cases, Henry + Dow wants to encourage married couples to contemplate if divorce is the right decision for their circumstances. Given all the difficulties that come with divorce, we want to ensure that choosing divorce is the best choice for a couple.

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