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Have you hammered out your holiday custody schedule yet?

If you are newly separated and facing your first holiday season apart from your spouse, it is not too late to draft a workable holiday custody schedule between you and your soon-to-be ex.

Holiday custody differs from your regular agreement with the kids' other parent in that you will need to find a workable solution to where the children will be and when over the upcoming holidays. However, it can be challenging for warring spouses to reach accord on these matters.

Busy parent? Negotiate for the right schedule for you

You are a hard-working professional, and that means that you're not always home. In fact, in the last week, you worked over 60 hours. You know that the environment in your home is lacking a parent, but you're divorcing and still want to see your children. You want them to have a place in your home and to be able to be there for them. You're convinced that you can be there for them, adjust your hours to work more when they're not in your custody and share the responsibility of raising them.

Unfortunately, your spouse isn't so sure. She's fighting for a larger proportion of time with your children, approximately 70/30 custody. She works a standard 40-hour week and is home before your children get home from school. To her, it makes sense to have them in her custody the majority of the time.

Help your children adjust to divorce with these 4 tips

When your kids are struggling to adjust to a divorce, there is nothing more heartbreaking. Younger children, in particular, may have a hard time understanding why their mom or dad no longer want to be together. Some children may believe that it is their fault that their mother or father isn't with them anymore, or they may worry that they no longer belong.

As a parent, it is your responsibility to help your child adjust to a divorce. How can you do it? Here are four different things you can do.

Meth continues to be a problem here in Indiana

During the last decade, even as arrests for the possession and sale of methamphetamine around the nation began to plateau and decline, Indiana continued to see a rise in the problem. There may be several reasons why methamphetamine continues to be such a plague here in our state.

Unlike the waves of crack cocaine and heroin that have decimated the inner cities of America, crystal meth has been the biggest problem for rural areas. As ours is a state of many fertile farmlands, many involved in the meth trade felt it was a safe place to set up shop and cook meth.

What changes possession into possession with intent in Indiana?

When it comes to drug offenses in Indiana, possession is typically the least serious potential charge someone can face, while manufacturing and trafficking charges are far more serious. Possession only means that you got caught with a drug that is either illegal or is a prescription drug for which you do not currently hold a prescription.

However, not all possession charges are simple, minor allegations. In certain circumstances, law enforcement officers and prosecutors can decide to charge someone with possession with intent to distribute. Such charges can carry significant penalties even if you've never sold any illegal drugs.

How can I regain custody of my kids after completing drug rehab?

If you are a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you surely realize that you cannot be the best parent possible when you are actively using drugs or alcohol. Still, the idea of completing a rehab program is terrifying to you, not the least because someone else will need to step in and care for your children.

Addicted parents often feel that they are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to getting sober. On the one hand, if they don't face up to their addiction, they may be able to hide their drug usage and retain custody. But if they do the right thing and enter a rehab program, that means surrendering custody of the children so that they may be cared for adequately while they seek treatment.

Why does divorce happen? Let's take a look.

No one gets married while expecting to get divorced. Even those who use a prenuptial agreement -- addressing what will happen if they do eventually decide to split up -- hope they will never have to use it.

Even so, divorce is common. While people often say that "half" of all marriages end in divorce, the real percentage is a lot more fluid than that. Still, regardless of what it is, it's common. Most people have either gotten divorced or they know someone who has.

An off-duty DUI charge can end your truck driving career

Working as a truck driver is a demanding job. You probably work very long shifts, likely 10 hours or more on any given day. There are also the physical demands of the career, which include not only remaining alert and attentive while driving for hours on end but also the physical demands of gripping the steering wheel and loading or unloading the cargo in the truck.

Given how hard the job can be, it's little surprise that truck drivers who aren't at work want to relax and enjoy their time. For many people, relaxing means enjoying a beer or another alcoholic beverage. Unfortunately, the decision to have a few drinks to relax could mean that you wind up facing serious consequences that could affect your income and ability to keep working, even if you weren't drunk.

How much spousal maintenance will you receive in Indiana?

When you get a divorce, one consequence is a significant change in your financial situation. In addition to immediate court fees and other costs, your long-term financial security will change. You will no longer be able to rely solely on your spouse's income.

One helpful source of assistance is child support, which is mandatory when minor children are in the picture. What about spousal maintenance? Spousal maintenance is not automatic but depends on numerous factors.

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