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5 tips for co-parenting success after divorce

Once you have a parenting agreement in place and your divorce finally comes to an end, you'll turn your attention to the immediate future.

More so than anything else, you need to get on the same page as the other parent in regard to co-parenting. While your parenting agreement is sure to help, there are other things you need to do in order to keep the peace.

Critical details to include in a parenting agreement

Going through a divorce is difficult enough if you don't have any children with the other individual. However, if you have at least one child with your ex, you know that there are sure to be additional challenges in the future.

This is why you should learn as much as possible about how to create the perfect parenting agreement. While there is no way to completely avoid the stress and challenges associated with co-parenting, the right type of agreement will keep both parents on track.

DUI charges and teens

Any time that drunk driving allegations surface, the consequences can be devastating. For some people, such as young adults and teens who have their whole lives ahead of them, these allegations can be especially concerning. If you are a teenager who has recently been accused of driving under the influence or if your child is facing DUI charges, you could have a wide variety of questions and worry about the long-term impact of these charges. These are serious charges indeed, but there may be a number of options on the table for you to find a more favorable outcome.

A host of issues must be considered with regard to underage drunk driving. First, some people face these charges even though they had no idea they were over the legal limit. After all, for a person who is under the age of 21 drunk driving charges may surface over very small amounts of alcohol as a result of zero tolerance laws. On top of this, peer pressure and a host of other challenges that young people face can also increase the chances of DUI charges surfacing.

Can a DUI affect travel?

Drivers in South Carolina who have been convicted of a DUI face a variety of consequences including fines, jail time, license suspension, alcohol classes and community service. On top of all that, a DUI can also affect them in a number of other ways, such as travel.

One of the travel consequences that may have a major effect on some travelers, which is stated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is denied entry into Canada. This decision is up to the immigration officer when one arrives at the port of entry or applies for an Electronic Travel Authorization or a visa. 

Do I have to submit to a roadside test?

Drivers in South Carolina who are pulled over for suspicion of driving while intoxicated may find themselves in a dilemma when asked if they are willing to take a roadside breathalyzer test. Some may think that by taking the test they are actually doing more harm to their case. With a good attorney, refusing the test may help with the defense but there are other consequences involved with refusing the test that may make many drivers reconsider their decision.

FindLaw states that South Carolina operates under implied consent law. This means that when a motorist applies for a driver's license he or she is giving consent to any chemical or field sobriety test if they are stopped for suspicion of driving impaired. If a driver refuses any of these tests, he or she faces additional consequences in conjunction with penalties associated with a DUI conviction. Refusing a breathalyzer results in an automatic six-month license suspension, and this may be a longer period of time for repeat violations.

How Can I Help My Kids Cope With Divorce?

Among all the difficult aspects of divorce, helping your kids cope can be among the hardest. Children are bound to experience a range of emotions as a result, even if your situation is relatively amicable. If you’re navigating a divorce in South Carolina, the following tips from KidsHealth.org can help you help your children manage any negative feelings caused by the process.

Take Care of Yourself

4 ways a DUI affects your life in South Carolina

You wanted to go out and have a good time with your friends, so you drove downtown and met them at a bar. You knew some people would be drinking, but you didn't think that you'd have enough to need to call a taxi for a ride home.

After several hours of catching up and hanging out, you decide that it's time that you head home. You feel fine, but you know you've had a lot to drink. You "test" yourself in the parking lot and decide you're sober enough to get home safely.

Protecting your bank account in divorce: Tips for saving cash

Worrying about your spouse running off with the funds in your bank account isn't the only thing you need to worry about during a divorce. There are dozens of ways to spend more than you should or lose out on money you could otherwise keep.

Your finances are important, and it's a good idea to know what you're getting into before you begin the divorce process. Here are a few things you should know.

Self-driving cars and liability

Questions regarding the safety of self-driving cars came into the minds of many South Carolina residents after a recent crash that resulted in death. Not only is it a tragedy for the family of the victim, but it presents the discussion of who is responsible for the accident and who is held legally liable.

Stanford Law discusses the factors around the fatal crash involving a self-driving Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona. Also known as autonomous vehicles, self-driving cars are just starting to be tested on public roads and, as with other accidents, the first thing to consider is who is at fault. In this specific incident, there was a safety driver in the vehicle whose job was to take charge if the vehicle was not functioning correctly. If investigators determine the driver had enough information and time to avoid the crash, Uber would be liable.

Considerations in child custody matters

Couples in South Carolina who are going through a divorce have a lot to consider in terms of dividing up property and future support payments. Those who have children have even more serious decisions to make, and custody issues can cause a lot of strife among families. There are a number of factors parents need to think about in order to make the best choice for the child's life.

According to Psychology Today, one of the biggest mistakes couples make is pointing out flaws of the other parent. Not only does this make the accusing parent look bad in the eyes of the court or mediator, but it also can cause issues with the daughter or son. It is much better if parents can put aside their differences and focus on what is best for the child. In most cases, it is important he or she is able to spend time with each parent, even if custody is not 50/50. Parents should also be careful when setting up rules, especially those that limit communication with the other parent, as they will be accountable for them as well. 

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