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3 signs of parental alienation

Child custody can turn into a bitter fight during a divorce. The aftermath, however, is not necessarily much better.

You may start to see changes in your children, and these may disturb you. They may start to pull away or find excuses to miss scheduled visitation, or they may not want to come over at all. You may wonder if this is normal, but upon further reading may find it is not. Parental alienation is a real problem, and if you see these three signs in your children, you may need help intervening.

What are the effects of gray divorce?

In the U.S., divorce rates have gone down. However, for one demographic, the trend of divorce has risen. Those in their senior years are ending their marriages, some that have lasted for decades, more than ever before, reveals the Pew Research Center.

The reasons for the increase are many, such as less stigma, better financial security and no more children in the home. Whatever the cause, gray divorce comes with many consequences you need to be aware of as you prepare.

Can you get a DUI on an electric scooter?

Electric scooters have made their way to Minneapolis. They can make for a convenient option to get around your city, and the law states that you can ride a scooter even after a night of drinking alcohol. 

In the court case of State v. Greenman, the court ruled that a Segway did not constitute as a motor vehicle. Instead, the court decided it was a "personal assistive mobility device." Several factors need to be present for a vehicle to fall under this category, and a scooter certainly fits the definition. Although the law views scooters in the same plane as bicycles, there are still considerations you need to make before operating a scooter under the influence of alcohol

Yes, a drug conviction can lead to a loss of financial aid

If you have plans to send your son or daughter off to college in the fall, you may be spending the summer trying to instill some final words of wisdom and guidance you hope he or she will heed. Unfortunately, however, some kids let loose once they get their first taste of freedom, and in some cases, doing so can have serious consequences.

Receiving a drug conviction, for example, is never good, but it may benefit your child to know that a drug conviction, even if seemingly minor, can lead to a loss of financial aid for a year or more. Pretty much any type of drug conviction can count, from a simple possession crime to a drug sales or an intent to sell conviction.

Mistakes to never make after a DUI arrest

One DUI is enough to land someone in serious trouble, even if that person did not have a criminal record previously. For a first-time DWI offense, people can expect jail time, a fine and a suspended driver's license.

Unfortunately, many people placed under arrest for DWI end up further complicating things. If the police arrest you for DWI, regardless of the circumstances, you want to remain cordial and act properly. You want to maintain a stellar reputation and keep your rights protected if this incident goes to court.

2 tips for negotiating property division in divorce

If you are getting ready to file for divorce in Otsego, you might think you have things all figured out. You have ideas about how much you believe your spouse pay for child and spousal support and know what property and assets you want to receive. What you might not realize is that divorce is a negotiation process. There is nothing wrong with you having a list of expectations. But if you are not prepared to negotiate, you could end up with less than you feel you deserve. 

You must keep a realistic view of your circumstances. Though you have the opportunity to negotiate your settlement, the courts will take into consideration your agreements and the rules of equitable distribution before approving it. Before you start making your demands, consider the following tips to help with your divorce negotiations. 

Factors that can impact the accuracy of a breath test

If you are driving and subsequently pulled over because authorities believe you have been drinking, you can expect that the law enforcement official who stops you will ask you to submit to a breath test. Conducted using a device called a Breathalyzer, breath tests are tools authorities rely on to assess your degree of impairment behind the wheel. When calibrated correctly and properly maintained, Breathalyzers are often accurate, but there are a number of outside factors that can lead them to produce false readings

Important information for victims of domestic violence

As a follow up to a recent blog discussion about domestic violence, this post will contain some valuable information and resources for victims. It might sound like simple common sense to many readers, but the first thing for victims to know is that it is never permissible for a spouse or a family member to abuse you. In fact, domestic violence, like other types of violence, is 100 percent illegal in Minnesota and elsewhere in America.

It is important for victims to understand that other forms of abuse are also not permissible. This includes emotional abuse, threats, isolation attempts, economic or financial abuse, intimidation and coercion. As an American citizen, you have the right to seek help if you suffer from domestic violence.

DUI implied consent law means ignorance of the law is no excuse

Who reads the fine print? Perhaps not many, and usually there are no repercussions. But, when it comes to driving on the Minnesota roadways, there is some important fine print found in the laws. It involves what the law says you consent to by virtue of just operating a vehicle on those roadways. Because the law creates the consent, the name of the law is implied consent.

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