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What are the top warning signs of divorce?

Some people see their divorce coming a mile away, while others are caught off-guard when their spouse brings their true feelings to light.

Understanding the top warning signs of divorce can help you address common problems before they result in a split:

  • You and/or your spouse are unhappy: Everyone has arguments, but if you're unhappy all the time, it could be leading you down the path toward divorce.
  • You're looking for reasons to avoid your spouse: Do you spend more time at work in the evening so you don't have to see your spouse at home? Do you look for reasons to hang out with you coworkers and friends, all with the idea of avoiding your spouse? You should want to spend time together.
  • Your loved ones are chiming in on your relationship: Sometimes it's difficult to see how bad things are when you're so close to the situation. If your loved ones are telling you that divorce may be the right solution, dig down deep to find out what's happening.
  • Everything is a struggle: You argue about everything, from where to eat dinner to how to spend and save your money. Worse yet, you're unable to negotiate and compromise like you once did.

Take these steps if your spouse asks for a divorce

Regardless of the reason, if your spouse asks for a divorce, your life will be turned upside down. Despite the roller coaster of emotions and variety of challenges facing you, it's critical to take a step back to assess your situation. This will allow you to make the right moves at the right time.

Here are three things you should do if your spouse asks for a divorce:

  • Don't beg: Even if you want to keep your marriage together, you don't want to beg your spouse. It's okay to consider your options, such as counseling, but begging with them to reconsider isn't likely to improve your situation.
  • Don't bottle up your feelings: There are people who want to help you during this difficult time. From your friends and family to your co-workers, open up to others about what you're going through. And if necessary, consult with a therapist who can help walk you through this difficult time.
  • Get your finances in order: There may be some gray area until the divorce process is finalized, but you can still close joint accounts, open individual accounts and create a budget.

Are you driving safely on the highway?

City driving and highway driving are not one and the same. When you find yourself on the many interstates in and around the Green Bay area, it's critical to adjust your approach with safety in mind.

Here are some of the many things you can do to enhance your safety when driving on the highway:

  • Share the road with large vehicles: For example, highways are home to commercial trucks. It's critical to share the road with these vehicles. From providing space to merge to avoiding blind spots, do your part in making life easier on commercial vehicle drivers.
  • Pass in the left, drive in the right: Get into the habit of passing slow-moving vehicles in the left lane, while spending most of your time driving in the right lane. Passing in the right lane increases the risk of an accident.
  • Drive defensively: There will always be aggressive drivers, but you don't have to become one of them. Defensive driving is the way to go, as it reduces the risk of an accident and makes it easier to keep your cool.

Things you should never say to your ex-spouse (and co-parent)

Once your marriage is in the past, you no longer have the same type of relationship as you once did with your ex-spouse. However, if you're co-parenting with this person, it's critical to treat them with respect and do your best to get along.

Here are three things you should never say to your ex-spouse:

  • "You don't care about the kids." Even if your ex isn't living up to their end of the parenting agreement, there's no need to call them out. Instead, if it's hindering your legal rights and harming your children, learn more about requesting a modification.
  • "It was all your fault." Now that you're divorced, there's no time to dwell on the past. Regardless of your feelings, don't bring up the past. Telling your ex that they caused your divorce will likely result in an argument, which isn't healthy for you or your children.
  • "I don't have to take this from you." Rather than say this, take action. You're right, you don't have to deal with your ex any longer. You may have to co-parent, but that doesn't mean you have to communicate with them on a personal level.

Document a dog bite to protect your legal rights

While most dogs are friendly, there are many that act aggressively toward humans and other animals. Even if you take steps to protect yourself, you could still be the victim of an attack by a dog.

Dog bite injuries can impact you in many ways, including medically, legally and financially. This is why it's so important to document the circumstances surrounding the attack.

How to react if you’re pulled over for suspicion of DUI

Police throughout the state of Wisconsin are on the lookout for drunk drivers. If you drink and drive, there's a good chance a police officer will spot you, pull you over and attempt to determine if you're under the influence of alcohol.

Here are some key steps to take if you're pulled over for suspicion of DUI:

  • Stay in your car. Getting out of your vehicle is one sign that you're under the influence, especially if you're slurring your speech and unable to stand up.
  • Remain polite. This alone is not typically enough to avoid an arrest, but it definitely helps. Misbehaving, cursing or acting disrespectful in any way will raise suspicions. It can also lead to additional criminal charges.
  • Don't incriminate yourself. Be careful about everything you say, as the information you provide can be used against you at a later date. You can invoke your Fifth Amendment rights if you don't want to answer a question.
  • Remain calm. This is important, especially if you're put under arrest. Cooperate with the officer, take mental notes regarding what is happening and do whatever it takes to secure your release from jail as quickly as possible.

Avoid these 3 car insurance claim mistakes

If you're injured in a car accident, the first thing you should think about is your health and well-being. This typically means calling 911, administering first aid and receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Once you're able to do so, it's time to file a claim with your insurance company. While your agent is available to assist, don't assume that this person is on your side.

Don’t expect divorce to solve all your problems

There is no denying the many benefits of divorce. For example, the process will help you reach a resolution in regards to property and debt division, child support, child custody and alimony.

Even if you're 100 percent sure that divorce is the answer to your marital problems, there are some things it can't do for you:

  • Guarantee your happiness: Getting a divorce may remove you from a bad relationship, but it doesn't guarantee that you'll be happy right away. It often takes several months or longer to start feeling like yourself again.
  • Ensure civil relations in the future: This may not be a big deal if you don't have children together. However, if you have to co-parent with your ex-spouse, it's critical to do your best to remain civil at all times.
  • Maintain the same standard of living: Don't assume that your financial situation will remain the same after divorce. Things are likely to change now that you only have one income. Prepare yourself to change your standard of living post-divorce, as this will help you avoid surprises
  • Resolve emotional concerns: Your marriage and subsequent divorce may take an emotional toll on you. You may feel relieved once your marriage is in the past, but it's possible that you'll still be hanging onto some emotional issues.

Asking your spouse for a divorce? Tips to ease the tension

The thought of asking your spouse for a divorce is likely to upset you. However, if the time actually arrives to file the petition, you're likely to find yourself awash in variety of emotions ranging from sadness to anger and everything in between.

There's nothing you can do to eliminate the tension and pain associated with asking for a divorce, but there are steps you can take to make it a bit easier:

  • Prepare accordingly. What will you do if your spouse becomes angry and maybe even violent? If they begin to cry or make a loud scene? When you prepare for all possible situations, you'll know exactly how to react.
  • Don't change your mind. Depending on the situation, your spouse may ask you to reconsider. If you've already come to the conclusion that divorce is the answer, stick to your plan.
  • Don't discuss the details of your divorce. There will come a point in the future when you need to hash out agreements regarding property and debt division, child custody and support, alimony and other details. Don't discuss these shortly after asking for a divorce, as tensions will be likely running too high.

You don't need to be a dog whisperer to avoid getting bit

Do you know that most dogs do not want to bite you? With some notable exceptions, most dogs do all that they can to transmit that they want to be left alone before they bite.

Obviously, it's always better to avoid the trauma of a dog-bite injury. Everyone -- especially the parents of young children -- should learn how to recognize typical canine behavior signals, including when they may be about to attack.

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