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3 things to do when asking for a divorce

You've thought long and hard about asking your spouse for a divorce, and have finally come to the realization that it's best for you. Now, it's time to take things to the next level by discussing your feelings with your spouse.

It's never easy to have this conversation, but there are things you can do to lessen the stress. Here are three simple steps to take:

  • Prepare yourself: Don't go into the conversation with the idea that you'll take things as they come. Sure, you have to remain flexible to a certain degree, but you should still have an understanding of what you want to say and how you'll react to your spouse.
  • Be firm: If you know that you want to divorce, don't let your spouse talk you out of it. Going down this path is likely to lead you to the exact same place again in the future.
  • Don't discuss the details of your divorce: There's a lot to negotiate in divorce, ranging from spousal support to property division to child custody. You need to figure these things out, but you don't have to discuss them just yet. There is time for doing so when the divorce process actually begins.

Don't let joint credit card debt complicate your divorce

Credit card debt is never a good thing. This is particularly true if you're going through the divorce process, as it can complicate things for both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

There are many ways to deal with joint credit card debt in a divorce, with these tips providing you with the guidance you need:

  • Pay off joint credit card debt before you divorce: It's not always easy to get on the same page, but if you both understand the benefits, you're likely to proceed. The best way to pay off joint credit card debt is with money you have in a joint bank account.
  • Cancel all joint credit cards: Neglecting to do so gives the other person the opportunity to use the card without your permission. You may then be responsible for half of it in your divorce.
  • Use a balance transfer: If you're unable to pay off joint credit card debt, both individuals can take on half of the balance. A balance transfer credit card is the best way to do this.

Is a postnuptial agreement a good idea?

Even if you're in a happy marriage, you never know what the future will bring. Creating a postnuptial agreement will give you and your spouse peace of mind, as you won't have nearly as many concerns if you decide to divorce in the future.

There are many reasons to consider a postnuptial agreement, including but not limited to:

  • To protect yourself against irresponsible financial decisions your spouse has made during your marriage
  • To protect the inheritance rights of children from previous relationships
  • To define assets brought into the marriage by both individuals

Don't do any of these things at a DUI checkpoint

When you least expect it, you may find yourself driving directly into the teeth of a DUI checkpoint. Before you have time to think, you find yourself face-to-face with a police officer.

Although this is a stressful situation, you don't want to do anything that will heighten the officer's awareness and make them suspicious.

Follow these 5 pedestrian safety tips

As a pedestrian, you must always be aware of your surroundings. This is particularly true of motor vehicles, as an accident is likely to result in serious injury or death.

Here are five pedestrian safety tips to follow at all times:

  • Obey the rules of the road: For example, don't cross at an intersection if the light is telling you to stop.
  • Use sidewalks, when available: While sidewalks aren't always available, you'll typically be able to find one. Doing so keeps you as far away from moving traffic as possible.
  • Avoid distractions: You can fall prey to a number of distractions while walking, such as listening to music, texting or eating and drinking.
  • Never give drivers the benefit of the doubt: For example, if you assume that someone sees you, you're giving that person too much credit. Make eye contact with nearby drivers to ensure that they know where you are.
  • Maintain a high level of visibility: This is particularly true when walking at night. By wearing bright-colored clothing, it's easier for drivers to see you.

Plan your defense strategy carefully from the start

Your criminal defense strategy is the way that you provide your side of the case to the court. It's your opportunity to challenge whatever the prosecutor is claiming. That's why you need to have a solid understanding of the direction your defense will take as early as possible.

It is easy to forget that the burden to prove that you committed a crime is on the prosecutor. Your defense just has to give the jury reasonable doubt about your guilt. We know that this might seem a bit challenging, but there are often many possible options for a defense that can poke holes in the prosecutor's case.

These traffic ticket defense strategies rarely work

It's never fun to receive a traffic ticket, as this will cost you both time and money. Furthermore, if you have a poor driving record, it can result in an increased insurance premium or cancellation of your coverage.

While there are many traffic ticket defense strategies you can use to your advantage, some are better than others. Here are several strategies that rarely yield the desired result:

  • Claiming ignorance: It's okay if you made an honest mistake, but saying that you didn't understand what you were doing isn't typically enough to beat your ticket.
  • Telling a sob story: The judge has heard every excuse and story under the sun, so this defense strategy isn't likely to work.
  • Complaining that the officer targeted you: For example, you received a speeding ticket on the interstate and claim that everyone else was driving the same speed. It may be true, but stating that other people were guilty won't get you anywhere.
  • Arguing that the officer is lying: Even if it's not fair, the judge will almost always believe the officer instead of you. If you're going to use this argument, make sure you have evidence to back it up.

Newly divorced? Here are 3 tips to cope with Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is a holiday you either love or hate. If you are recently divorced, chances are, you are not too fond of this celebration of love. It may make you bitter, sad and lonely to experience Valentine's Day after your marriage ends.

While it may be challenging to be joyful and grateful during the romantic holiday, there are several simple things you can do to survive. Here are three ways to enjoy Valentine's Day as someone newly single. 

Tips to prevent a child custody dispute during spring break

Spring break is one of the better times of the year to take a trip with your children. However, if you're divorced, this can bring forth a variety of questions and challenges.

Here are some tips for preventing a child custody dispute during spring break:

  • Turn to your parenting agreement: Your parenting agreement should outline where your children spend holidays and vacations, including spring break. This alone will give you a clear idea of what you can and can't do.
  • Makes your plans as soon as possible: The sooner you get your plans in place the sooner you can discuss it with your ex-spouse. Also, once you agree on a plan, stick with it.
  • Put it in writing: It doesn't sound like a big deal, but having your vacation plans in writing can help prevent an argument in the future. For example, as your trip closes in, send regular updates to your ex to remind them of the details. These written reminders help to keep everyone on the same page. They can also come in handy should you face some type of legal trouble in the future.

You can't fool a Breathalyzer test with body spray (or anything)

Okay, let's talk about what happened recently in South Carolina because it has a message that applies anywhere in the nation.

A 49-year-old man was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving -- and the officer's suspicions were ultimately correct. However, the man decided that emptying a can of Axe body spray into his mouth would somehow either cover up the alcohol in his breath or fool the Breathalyzer.

  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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