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Divorce will bring many questions about property division

Once you decide to divorce, you should turn your attention to the process itself and the decisions you need to make. For most people, matters of property division immediately come to mind, as they don't want to miss out on something that they're entitled to.

The most important thing you can do is get in the right frame of mind. Most importantly, you won't receive every asset. You need to negotiate and compromise, as this is the only way to put your divorce in the past.

How to reduce stress during your divorce

There is more to divorce than making decisions regarding child custody, property division and spousal support. Along the way, you also need to keep a close eye on your mental health, a vital need when making important decisions.

Reducing stress during your divorce is a must, as it can help keep you healthy and in position to make clear and informed decisions. Here are five things you can do:

  • Let yourself feel. Don't hold yourself back from crying, laughing or expressing any other emotions that you experience during the divorce process.
  • Take a break from your life. You may need to a mental health day off of work to clear your mind and re-energize.
  • Get help. Your friends and family are likely willing to help, especially if you ask. There are also professionals who can step in and provide good counsel during this time.
  • Think positive thoughts. Don't let negative thoughts rule your life. Things may be changing, but that doesn't mean you can't lead a better life in the future. Banish negativity by consciously changing your mental channels.
  • Realize that the divorce process won't last forever. When you're in the midst of a divorce, it may feel like there's no end in sight. It'll soon be in the past, which will be less stressful to manage.

DUIs and field sobriety tests: Part 1

There are many situations Florida motorists may encounter that impact their safety on the road, such as intoxicated and distracted drivers. To increase public safety, jurisdictions all across the country are cracking down on drunk drivers. Identifying potentially drunken motorists is not easy. Field sobriety tests enable police to know which motorists to arrest and charge with a DUI. 

There is a common belief that motorists must perform field sobriety testing when asked by law enforcement. There are circumstances where it may be more beneficial for drivers to decline them. To better understand your rights as a motorist, consider the following information about refusing field sobriety testing: 

Why you should never “blow off” a court date

If you receive a Florida speeding or other traffic ticket, do not throw it in your glove compartment and forget about it, thinking that it is unimportant and something you can just ignore. It is not, and you cannot afford to do this. When you sign a traffic ticket after the officer gives it to you, this is your promise to either pay the fine without going to court, if applicable, or appear in court on the scheduled day and time.

Unfortunately, many people fail to take a traffic citation seriously and “blow off” their court date. If you do this and fail to appear in court at the scheduled time, however, you face serious consequences.

4 simple things you should do after a car accident

No matter how much you prepare, you'll never know what it feels like to be part of a car accident until you're actually in this position. While you do your best to avoid it at all costs, trouble could be lurking around the corner.

Here are four simple things you should do after a car accident:

  • Focus on your safety: This includes moving your vehicle out of traffic if the accident was minor, turning on your hazard lights, turning off the cars and checking yourself and your passengers for injuries.
  • Get help: The best way of doing so is to call 911. From there, you can wait in your vehicle until the police and an ambulance arrive at the scene of the accident.
  • Gather information: If possible, gather information from others involved in the accident. You can start by asking the other driver for their insurance policy information. Also, take photos of the scene from multiple angles as long as it is safe to do so, as these can work in your favor in the future.
  • Contact your insurance company: Depending on your injuries, you may not be able to do this right away. However, when time allows, contact your agent for their guidance.

Do these things to improve your life after divorce

Once you discuss divorce with your spouse and decide to proceed, you'll turn your attention to your legal rights, how to protect them and the many details you need to work through to finalize the process.

As soon as you put your divorce in the past, you'll come to realize that your future is at your fingertips. You can do whatever you want to lead a better life. Even so, it's common to run into challenges along the way.

Are you able to fight a speeding ticket?

If you receive a speeding ticket, you'll immediately begin to consider the impact it could have on your future. For example, it could result in points on your license, which leads to an increase in your insurance premium.

While the decision is yours, you'll want to better understand the ins and outs of fighting a speeding ticket before paying the fine and moving on.

Follow these tips to avoid trouble on your bicycle

Riding your bicycle can be great fun, until you're part of an accident with a motor vehicle. If that happens, there's a good chance you'll find yourself dealing with a variety of injuries.

Fortunately, there are several tips you can follow to avoid a bicycle-car accident. Here are four that you never want to forget:

  • Watch for opening doors: Moving cars are dangerous, but so are those that are parked. A door that opens into your path can cause a head-on, high-speed collision.
  • Beware of turning vehicles: When a driver makes a turn, they don't always look to see if there's a bicyclist next to them. Take extra caution as you approach intersections.
  • Make eye contact with drivers: Do whatever you can to make eye contact with drivers in close proximity to you, as this is one of the better ways to show them what you're doing and thinking.
  • Use the bicycle lane: If available, spend the majority of your time driving in the bicycle lane. This keeps you away from vehicles, all the while giving you the space you need to maintain your safety.

Things to think about before asking for a divorce

If you begin to realize that divorce is the best way to solve your marital problems, it won't be long before you plan your next move. In most cases, this means asking your spouse for a divorce.

Maybe your spouse is on the same page as you, meaning that they won't fight back at all. Or maybe your spouse is taken aback, thus resulting in an even more difficult situation.

Criminal convictions and immigration status

In addition to resulting in specific legal penalties, a criminal conviction can have far-ranging consequences for a person's life. If you are not a United States citizen, convictions for certain types of offenses can affect your immigration status and trigger removal proceedings.

For many, the immigration consequences of a conviction can be more severe than the legal penalty itself. It is important to thoroughly explore your options and strategies when facing criminal charges.

  4. AVVO, Client's Choice 2016
  6. National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  1. Alex Hanna was named Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer (2016) by The National Trial Lawyers.

  2. Alex Hanna is rated a Premier DUI Attorney by the American Association of Premier DUI (2016).

  3. Alex Hanna was named Traffic Lawyer of the Decade (2010) by the Minority Chamber of Commerce.

  4. Alex Hanna was given the 2016 Client’s Choice Award from Avvo.

  5. Alex Hanna is a member of The Florida Bar and Practices in the areas of Criminal, Traffic and Personal Injury Law since 2001.

  6. Alex Hanna is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2016).

  7. Alex Hanna is a member of the Esteemed Lawyers of America association (2017).

  8. Alex Hanna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017).

  9. Alex Hanna was bestowed the 10 best law firm award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017.

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