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Relocating after divorce as a parent

Many family law matters can be stressful for people to work through, but those involving kids are often especially tough. Not only can legal issues which involve children be complicated, such as a custody dispute or calculating child support, but they can be highly emotional and parents may worry about how these matters will affect their kids. Parental relocation is one facet of divorce that must be approached cautiously. If you plan on relocating with your child after splitting up with your spouse, it is pivotal to make sure that you do so in accordance with the law. Likewise, if your child's other parent is moving, do not allow your rights to be violated.

There are various reasons why relocating can be advantageous for parents. For example, some may be able to leave behind some of their negative memories by starting out fresh in a new city or state. People may be able to live in a place they have dreamed of for years and they may also be able to pursue career opportunities that were not available in their previous city. From an emotional and financial angle, relocating can be very beneficial. However, a parent needs to make sure that they understand the laws related to parental relocation.

How can I stay safe in the kitchen this holiday season?

Families all over South Carolina are gearing up for holiday celebrations in their homes and the homes of their loved ones. This entails preparing lavish feasts, which entail certain risks if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. In this case, Everyday Health offers the following advice to keep your holiday celebration safe and fun for all.

Keep multitasking to a minimum

Drug trafficking facts: How you could be accused

When you were stopped by police, they discovered that you had several bottles of prescription medications on hand. They asked why you had so many, then told you to wait while they went back to the cruiser to complete your traffic stop.

When another officer pulled up, you knew there was trouble brewing. The first officer explained that he'd seen multiple pill bottles on your front passenger seat, which they claim is enough to search your vehicle. You allowed it, knowing there was nothing to hide, but now you face drug charges.

Trucking injuries: A higher risk for serious wounds

When you're on the highway, one thing that might bother you is the number of large vehicles nearby. With semitrucks and 18-wheelers surrounding you, you're worried that you could get into a serious crash.

How serious would that crash be, though, with all factors considered? Here are a few things to think about when considering how dangerous it is to be near trucks on the roads.

Hit by a car while walking the dog

For many dog owners, taking their dog for a walk is a great way to bond with their animal companion while getting some good exercise. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous when reckless drivers are on the road and may result in a pedestrian accident. Many people have been struck by negligent drivers while they were walking alongside the roadway and you should consider some of the ways in which you may be able to reduce the likelihood of a pedestrian accident.

For starters, it is a good idea to walk when visibility is good. During periods of poor visibility, such as the nighttime, early morning or when it is very foggy, drivers may have a hard time seeing someone who is walking their dog. Unfortunately, many people walk during these times because it may be the only time of day where they are available to take their dog for a walk due to long work schedules and less daylight in the winter.

Driving on the freeway with little experience

Anyone who drives on the freeway may face a number of risks while traveling at high speeds. For example, another driver may behave recklessly and fail to switch lanes properly or a tire could blow out. For some people, driving on the freeway can be especially dangerous, such as those who have little experience traveling at such high speeds or on have never driven on a freeway before. From younger people who first begin driving to those who may have lived in a rural area that did not have any freeways for many years, there are various reasons why people find themselves in this position.

Unfortunately, inexperienced drivers may be more likely to cause an accident on freeways. For example, they may lack familiarity with on-ramps and off-ramps, or they could be overwhelmed by driving at a much higher speed than they are used to. Even if you are very experienced and feel completely comfortable on the freeway, an inexperienced driver could cause a crash which claims your life or leaves you with devastating injuries.

How can I receive treatment for alcohol addiction?

While receiving a DUI in South Carolina can be tough to navigate, receiving a drunk driving charge may only be the beginning of your problems. For many people, legal issues arising from alcohol consumption signal a serious problem that can go on to impact one’s health and interpersonal relationships. WebMD offers the following advice in this case, which can help you find the appropriate treatment if you have issues with alcohol.

Inpatient/outpatient treatment

Car accidents and the many types of injuries that can result

You never want to be part of a car accident, as the end result is often damage to your vehicle and a variety of injuries. While your car is important to you, it's your health and well-being that deserves most of your attention.

Even a minor car accident, such as one in which your vehicle is lightly struck from behind, can result in serious injuries.

How is the act of drug trafficking defined?

Any involvement with illegal drugs in the state of South Carolina will likely be taken seriously by law enforcement officials. However, there are vast differences between, say, being found to be in the possession of a small amount of marijuana and being accused of trafficking heroin or cocaine.

Generally, the charge of drug trafficking is treated much more seriously than drug possession. If you have been accused of drug trafficking in the state of South Carolina and you are confused about the accusation, it is important that you take the time to understand how the illegal act of drug trafficking is defined under the law.

Are passports affected by back child support?

Falling behind on the child support payments that one owes can bring on a number of different challenges, from those which are emotional (stress or depression) to the threat of being arrested and judgment from friends, family members and others in the community. However, some people are surprised to learn that missing child support payments can get in the way of other aspects of life, such as travel. In fact, your passport eligibility may be affected by unpaid child support, so it is important to keep this in mind if you plan on traveling and are currently facing problems related to child support.

The U.S. Department of State says that parents who owe at least $2,500 worth of back child support cannot get a U.S. passport. The Department encourages parents who have fallen behind on their payments to make arrangements to get caught up in order for their passport application to be processed as normal, but it can take a number of weeks for a person's name to be cleared. For some people, such as those who have a business meeting on a particular date or a key event such as a wedding, these delays could be disastrous.

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