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It isn't too late to make holiday child custody plans

The holiday season should bring family members together. Parents who have custody orders in force should make plans for the coordination of schedule. In almost all cases, there is a different schedule that is followed during the holiday season.

Even though it might seem as though the Christmas holiday is still far off, you actually have just over a month to make preparations. This includes getting the finer details of child custody worked out. Here are some points for you to remember when you are making these plans:

Learn how to communicate and relax during divorce

Children of divorce must learn that just because their parents aren't going to live together any longer doesn't mean that both parents won't be there to support them. You have to work with your ex, as hard as that might be, because your relationship with him or her isn't going to end with the divorce. Instead, during the entire time your children are minors you will have to work as a team.

The communication you have now with your ex can set the tone for years to come. One thing that might make it difficult to deal with your ex is stress. Controlling stress is crucial when you're going through a divorce or dealing with custody issues with your ex.

Reckless driving can lead to serious consequences

Drivers have to be sure that they are driving in a safe manner. This helps to keep them and other people on the roadway safe. Some drivers choose not to follow basic safety rules. These drivers can cause accidents that lead to serious injuries or death.

When driving in an extremely unsafe manner, it is possible that a law enforcement officer will stop the driver for reckless driving. This is a serious matter in Virginia. Here are some points to remember about this type of dangerous driving:

Know some factors impacting a gray divorce

When you got married decades ago, you didn't think that the marriage was going to end. Now that you realize it is about over, you need to start taking steps to protect yourself.

This might be a more in-depth process than what you expect. It is imperative that you take the time to go over all applicable points. Here are some important facets to consider:

Traffic violations come with serious penalties

Drivers in Virginia are expected to drive safely and in accordance with the applicable traffic laws. When any of these laws are disregarded the driver might face some serious penalties.

Many people think that traffic tickets are no big deal and that they won't have any impacts on their future. The fact here is that many traffic tickets are actually serious and can affect you for a long time to come.

Child custody cases can be difficult for parents and children

Child custody cases are difficult to deal with for everyone involved. When the case is contentious, you have to make sure that you are prepared for what is going on so that you can react appropriately.

One thing that you have to realize is that the court will consider specific factors if you aren't able to come to an agreement with your child's other parent about certain matters. Knowing about these before it is time for your child custody trial will be greatly advantageous.

Get ready for a divorce trial if mediation doesn't work

A divorce case can be resolved in a couple of different ways. One of these is through mediation, but mediation doesn't always work. In that case, you will go through a family law trial. This means that you have to get ready.

When you are preparing for divorce court, you have to think carefully about what is going to happen. You don't need to try to fly by the seat of your pants. Instead, you need to make a plan based on the circumstances of your case. One thing that you need to think about is your behavior while you are in court.

When your neighbor builds or plants over the property line

Robert Frost famously disparaged the idea that "good fences make good neighbors." Unfortunately, that kind of idealism can result in one person taking advantage of neighbors. In some cases, a solid fence or boundary line is important to maintain neighborly relationships. If one neighbor decides to plant or build on or over a property line, it can cause serious issues. If the person whose property was violated doesn't take steps, the law may eventually allow for the person violating the property lines to have the boundaries adjusted. If your neighbor has overstepped that line, you need to take action.

An attorney who understands Virginia real estate law can help you with boundary and property disputes. The longer you let things stand, the harder it may be to win in court. As soon as you realize that your neighbor has overstepped the property boundary, you need to take steps to legally address the situation. The longer the fence or other building stands uncontested, the more likely that the courts will uphold the claim of adverse possession. In these cases, your neighbor could legally obtain property that once belonged to you if you fail to take action in a timely manner.

How should I prepare for summer child custody?

As the warmer months approach, they signal that summer vacations are near. If you and your ex have a child custody agreement governing what happens with your children, you need to prepare now if you plan on taking any trips during the summer months.

There are some specific things you need to check and determine before you make any plans or reservations. Thinking about these now can help to ensure that your summer plans go as smoothly as possible.

Attitudes Surrounding Drug Laws Are Changing

Many people went through the DARE program while they were in grade school. In this program, students were taught certain aspects of drug laws that were taken as gospel at the time. They may have learned that drug convictions led to a significant amount of jail time and stiff financial penalties. They may have also been taught that marijuana is a gateway drug and that the side effects of many of these drugs could result in death.

Recently, public attitudes regarding many drugs, specifically marijuana, have changed. Fortunately, the criminal justice system may also, slowly but surely, be catching up with this important development. 

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