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How divorce can impact your credit if you aren't careful

You have a multitude of things to worry about during your divorce. However, it's essential not to neglect your credit. You'll need a solid credit rating as you begin your life as a newly single person. You may need to rent an apartment, buy a new home or car and possibly move to a new city.

Of course, it's essential to keep an eye on all of your joint credit cards and loan products like your mortgage. Make sure that you and your spouse have clearly stipulated who's making which payments until the divorce settlement is final. If one spouse neglects an account or abuses it, the impact on the other's credit score can be devastating.

Taking purposeful, timely action against drug charges

American states vary widely concerning their drug-linked laws.

That has been widely evidenced in recent years by their statutory responses to marijuana possession, cultivation and use. Some states – e.g., Colorado, Washington and California – have been early converts of legalized recreational pot use, with other states progressively joining their liberalized schemes. Scores of states have already legalized medical marijuana or are legislatively moving in that direction.

Can you share your car if you have an ignition interlock device?

If you've been ordered to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your car, you're not alone. Here in Maryland, Noah's Law mandates an IID for anyone convicted of a DUI or DWI offense.

There's no question that IIDs have stopped people from driving drunk and have saved lives. However, they can be an inconvenience for those who are required to use them -- and for other drivers who use their vehicle. So, what happens if you're required to have an IID, but your spouse and/or teens also use that car? Maybe you share it with a roommate, or your nanny uses it to drive the kids to and from school or activities.

Parents shouldn't neglect themselves during divorce

If you're going through a divorce, you've probably heard a lot of talk about "moving on" from your marriage. However, the end of a marriage is not completely unlike the death of a loved one. Something you held dear is gone. Even if it's ultimately for the best, it's natural to feel grief -- and even go through the stages of grief (starting with denial and ending with acceptance).

When you're a divorcing parent, taking the time to deal with your own grief can be particularly difficult. You're more concerned with how your children are doing. Further, your co-parent may be at a different stage in the grieving process than you are -- or seemingly not in any stage of it.

Co-parenting: What not to do

Let's be honest: Co-parenting can be hard. You and your ex still have to raise your kids. You both have a right to see them. You have to work together to do this. You can end your marriage, but you can never stop being parents.

To help you approach it, here are a few things you do not want to do:

  • Do not give the kids their way just because you feel guilty. Many parents spoil their kids after divorce, and it can lead to all sorts of behavioral problems.
  • Do not attempt to work against your ex just because you don't like each other. Do not undermine their rules or work to turn the kids against your ex.
  • Do not try to become the fun parent that they love more. It's tempting, but it causes issues for the kids and makes that relationship harder in the long run. Have fun with the kids, of course, but don't try to outdo your ex by buying more presents or ignoring the rules.
  • Never get angry with your ex in front of your kids. Keep your emotions in check. If you have questions or concerns, sit down and have a discussion to get to the bottom of it. Do not start it as an argument when it may not need to be one.

Spring brings multiple opportunities for underage drinking

If you're the parent of a teen, particularly one in their later years of high school, you know the next couple of months are among the busiest on your kids' social calendars. This can be cause for worry. Spring break is followed closely by prom season and then graduation parties. All of these can put your kids around copious amounts of alcohol and drugs that can be hard to resist -- particularly when peer pressure is involved.

Last month, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) partnered with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company to launch a Spring PowerTalk 21 Campaign. Their goal was to give parents of high school as well as middle school students the resources they need to talk to their kids about alcohol and drugs -- including marijuana. MADD is hosting Power of Parents events throughout the country through the end of May.

Tips for successful supervised visitations

If your visitations with your children are required to be supervised, you likely feel a good deal of pressure to make them go well so that you can eventually be granted unsupervised visitation rights and eventually even shared custody. You may be allowed to have the visits in your home with another adult (a family member or perhaps a social worker or therapist) present. You may have to go to a designated facility where other parents and children are spending time together.

Whatever the situation, it's easy to let the pressure overwhelm you. However, it's important to relax as much as possible and enjoy this time with your kids. It's even more important for your kids to feel comfortable and have fun. Following are a few tips:

Setting boundaries around your personal life with your co-parent

If you and your spouse continue to have a high-conflict relationship even after you're no longer living together and after the divorce has been finalized, working together as co-parents can be challenging. However, it's essential to find a way to do that if you're sharing custody of your children.

Developing a detailed parenting plan is a good first step to minimizing conflict. If you have worked out and codified things like your parenting schedule and expectations for both of you during your time with the kids, there's less opportunity for misunderstandings and arguments.

Maryland woman who got, dismissed protective order fatally shot

A Maryland woman who police say was fatally shot by her husband had filed and then requested dismissal of a protective order against him more than a year ago. Baltimore County police officers found the 51-year-old man outside of the woman's Dundalk home on the evening of March 5 holding a revolver. After dropping the gun, he told them, "She's dead in the back room." Police found her in a bedroom, shot in the head.

In Oct. 2017, the 47-year-old woman sought and received a protective order against her husband after he reportedly got into a physical altercation with someone else in the family. She stated in the court documents she filed, "There is a shotgun in the house and [he] is unstable, verbally threatening and physically threatening," She also said that he had put spyware on her phone and installed cameras in her home that no one else could access. She said, "We are watched at all times."

How do protective orders and peace orders differ?

No one should feel unsafe because of the actions of another. If you are being abused, harassed, stalked, threatened or otherwise harmed, there are legal actions you can take to make this behavior stop. Two possible actions include filing a protective order and filing a peace order.

The two types of orders are similar to each other, so people sometimes get confused about what the difference is between them and when they should file for one over the other. However, by having a better understanding of the similarities and differences of these orders, you can better select the option that is right for your situation.

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