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3 tips on emotionally preparing for your divorce

When you know your marriage is nearing the end, it can be devastating. The thought of divorcing from your spouse can cause a lot of pain and grief. It can seem impossible to manage the wave of emotions that come with divorce. However, if you make the effort, you can weather the storm and heal. 

Divorce can cause you to hyper-focus on the despair and forget everything else. But if you try each day to direct your attention to certain aspects of your life, you will be better off. Here are some tips for emotionally preparing for divorce. 

What to do financially when divorce becomes inevitable

When it becomes apparent that you and your spouse are no longer on the same page in your marriage and unable to bridge the gaps, it may be time for you to separate. In those circumstances, even if you are not entirely sure if divorce is the answer, you should make sure your finances are in order to protect your future. 

There are a number of ways you can prepare your finances for divorce. 

How to emotionally survive your divorce

Divorce is often one of the most stressful and difficult experiences you will ever have. It is common to feel helpless, confused and angry. While these feelings are normal, you do not have to let them control you. With the right tools, you can get through your divorce by focusing on the positives and moving on.

While you may not be able to completely eliminate your negative emotions, there are several steps you can take to cope with the pain and find a sense of hope. Keep reading to learn how you can get through this.

You were charged with DUI — and not even driving?

The laws for driving under the influence are quite strict in South Dakota. For example, law enforcement can still charge you with DUI if you parked your car, but they found you intoxicated while sitting behind the wheel and in control of the ignition key.

If this is your first offense, the court could revoke your license for up to one year. The penalty is automatic if this is your second or third offense. However, you need to be able to drive because there is no other way for you to get to work. What you need now is sound legal advice and support.

Explaining divorce to your children

Divorce takes an emotional toll on you and your spouse, regardless of how the marriage ends. Whether it is through betrayal, abuse or just a decision to move on, it affects everyone around you. Perhaps no party is more vulnerable to the complicated divorce process than your children.

You can help your children get through the process unscathed emotionally if you are prepared. The first step is to tell your children about the split in the right way.

Using South Dakota's guidelines to develop a co-parenting plan

While you and your spouse may have good intentions when you sit down together to discuss child custody during your divorce, it can be all too easy to allow personal feelings to intrude and derail your attempts at an agreement. The South Dakota court system takes the best interests of your child seriously, though, and provides you with some detailed parenting guidelines that may help you stay on track.

Creating a schedule

Your goal should be a calendar that allows your child to spend as much quality time as possible with each parent. This not only includes the regular schedule, with details about childcare, weekends, evenings and special days, but also reasonable vacation times and holiday plans. Neither of you may disrupt this schedule or deny visitation because of unpaid child support or some other issue regarding the court order.

4 things to know about women and DUIs

Men are generally far more likely to be arrested for DUIs than women are. This does not mean that women are exempt from such charges, though. According to the Traffic Resource Center, in fact, arrest rates for women have been on the rise while rates for men have been on the decline. This is an alarming trend, and if you are a woman who has recently been arrest and charged with driving under the influence, there are four things you should know.

Issues with the credibility of child witnesses

Eyewitnesses are no longer the beacons of truth people once thought they were. For example, when stressful and unexpected situations unfold quickly, it is unrealistic to expect people to remember details well. Yet that was exactly what happened for many years. On the other hand, quite a few people have always approached the accounts of child witnesses with some skepticism, and today, the credibility problems of young witnesses are even more well-known.

The importance of establishing paternity

For mothers and fathers alike, there are few things as important as establishing the paternity of a child. If there is any question at all, it is crucial that you clarify and document parentage so that your legal rights can be maintained. There are several standards in South Dakota that dictate the process by which paternity is identified, and you can better understand what to expect by reviewing these four important points.

Understanding auto-brewery syndrome

When it comes to getting a DUI, there are countless complexities that a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer simply cannot take into account. Ideally these methods would be reliable, but anybody who has wrongfully been charged with drunk driving knows that is not always the case. One potential culprit of false charges, for example, is auto-brewery syndrome. Read on to better understand what this condition is and how it can affect DUI allegations.

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