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Do you have a debt division checklist?

When faced with divorce, it's natural to turn your attention to the assets you share with your spouse, as these will be a point of contention. For this reason, you create a property division checklist to help you understand your situation and the approach you need to take.

While all that is going on, you should also create a debt division checklist. It can be frustrating and scary to see how hu hu hùmuch debt you have, but it's better to know than to run into a surprise during your divorce.

Aggressive drivers often do these things that put you at risk

Driving in close proximity to an aggressive driver is extremely dangerous, as these people are unpredictable. One second they appear to be obeying the rules of the road, but the next they make a decision that puts everyone around them at risk.

Knowing how to spot and deal with an aggressive driver is critical, as this reduces the likelihood of an accident and subsequent injuries. Here are a few signs that point toward a person being entirely too aggressive:

  • They are weaving in and out of traffic with no regard to those around them
  • They are screaming at other drivers, often including yourself
  • They are visibly shaken when unable to do exactly what they want, such as the result of traffic slowing down in front of them
  • They use their horn for no good reason
  • They get out of their vehicle when traffic slows to confront other drivers

Don’t let post-divorce debt drag you down

Once you decide to divorce, it's up to you to turn your attention to your future financial well-being. It's not always easy to do with so many other things on your plate. However, neglecting to take action now can cause additional stress in the future.

One thing you need to protect against is too much post-divorce debt. Neglecting to do so can result in a situation in which you're bogged down with bills you can't afford to pay, thus forcing you to take drastic measures to make ends meet.

At least 2% of inmates are innocent

You sometimes hear stories in the news about people who have been wrongly convicted, served decades in prison and then finally were exonerated thanks to new evidence or the admission by someone else that they committed the crime. It's heartbreaking to think of how much time these people lost when they did nothing wrong. But how common are these situations? How many innocent people are behind bars?

Of course, it's impossible to know the exact number. However, we can look at how many people have been exonerated through the use of DNA evidence. This means they got convicted in court, but DNA evidence later showed that they were innocent.

How will you tell your children about your divorce?

Once you and your spouse are on the same page about getting a divorce, you can turn your full attention to the well-being of your children. This starts with telling them about your decision, while also explaining how it'll impact them in the future.

There is no perfect way to tell your children about your divorce, but here are some tips you can follow to help your cause:

  • Keep it age appropriate: The way you tell a 4-year-old about divorce won't be the same as a 10-year-old. If you have children of varying ages, you may need to adjust your approach and language to account for this.
  • Plan it out: Don't sit down and hope the right words come to you. Have a clear idea of what you want to say, how you want to say it and the way you'll follow up to the way your children react.
  • Do it together: If possible, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse should sit down together with your children. Even if you're not getting along, showing a united front is a big deal during this difficult time.
  • Prepare to do it again: It's not likely that you'll tell your children about your divorce one time and never discuss it again. You should prepare to have this conversation several times, as your children are likely to have questions and concerns in the future.

How do officers check for impairment during traffic stops?

Officers may suspect impaired driving for a number of reasons. Perhaps someone merges lanes or goes around the corner without using a blinker. Maybe they suddenly weave or jerk their vehicle across lanes of traffic or seem to keep moving from side to side in a single lane. They could also have pulled out in an overly aggressive manner from a business that currently serves alcohol. Sometimes, just forgetting to turn on your headlights could give officers a reason to suspect impairment.

However, just because you do something questionable at the wheel doesn't mean that you are drunk or necessarily dangerous. Officers will have to determine when interacting with you whether there is reasonable suspicion of impairment. Otherwise, they have no grounds on which to detain or arrest you.

What to do if a dangerous dog approaches you

It doesn't matter if you're taking a walk around the block or leaving a local grocery store, there's always a chance a dangerous dog could approach you. If this happens, knowing how to maintain your safety is of utmost importance.

Here are the steps you should take if a dangerous dog approaches you:

  • Don't panic: If you scream, make sharp movements or begin to run, you're giving the dog more reason to take action. Even though it's difficult, don't let panic overcome you.
  • Don't make direct eye contact: It's best to keep an eye on the dog without making direct eye contact, as locking eyes can provoke it to attack.
  • Use a firm voice: While doing so, tell the dog to go home or get away. Don't scream or show fear. Instead, lower your voice and firmly tell it what you want it to do.
  • Wait for the dog to leave: Never turn your back on the dog, as doing so puts you at risk of an unexpected attack. Also, you can slowly back away if the dog is standing its ground. The key here is to move slowly, once again avoiding sudden movements.

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.
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