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Don't make these mistakes during your custody battle

No matter how hard you try, it isn't always possible to avoid a custody battle. If your spouse is determined to fight, there's nothing you can do to prevent it.

You can, however, prevent yourself from falling into some common traps. These are some of the top mistakes that clients make during custody battles:

Coping with the holidays during your divorce

The first holiday season -- the first everything, actually -- after you separate from your spouse can be tough to handle, but there are ways to get through it. Making the transition is a lot easier, however, when you have a plan.

Whether you have children with your spouse or not, there are bound to be some moments during the December festivities that you're dreading -- whether it's the first time you have to show up to a holiday party alone or the first significant date that you won't be with your children. Here are the best ways to cope:

What happens to a your body in a car crash?

Cars are made out of steel, hard plastic and fiberglass, mostly. Human bodies are pretty soft by comparison.

A car accident takes about 200 milliseconds to happen. In that time, this is what can happen to your car and your body:

  • Your car comes to a screeching, forcible halt. Your body, however, does not. Kinetic energy keeps your body in motion even though the surrounding vehicle has stopped moving.
  • Your seat belt locks into place. If the accident is forceful enough, you may get a broken collarbone and broken ribs.
  • Your head will snap forward and back again abruptly, which can damage your spine or leave you with pinched nerves. At the very least you may end up with painfully stretched or torn ligaments. This is the most common cause of whiplash injuries.
  • If your seat belt isn't sitting correctly, you may break your pelvis or sustain damage to your liver, stomach and spleen.
  • If enough ribs are broken, you can expect damage to your lungs and heart.
  • If you aren't buckled in, all that kinetic energy is going to transfer away from your chest and pelvis -- which are the strongest parts of your body -- and cause your head to propel forward into the windshield.

No-fault divorce is typically a faster process in Maryland

Despite many legal reforms in recent years, many people are still under the mistaken impression that they must have grounds for seeking a divorce in Maryland. While it is true that fault-based divorces do still occur, they are much rarer than they used to be.

In general, it is more common for spouses to agree to no-fault divorces, where neither spouse is held legally responsible for the dissolution of the marriage. In a no-fault divorce, spouses focus more on the consequences of divorce -- how to split assets and divide parental rights and responsibilities -- instead of focusing on why they must divorce.

Maryland drivers warned to watch for deer on the roads

Maryland drivers are being urged to exercise an abundance of caution during the latter part of November because deer are mating. That means there are lots of deer on the move, and many of them spring suddenly onto the road.

In 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported that close to 10,000 deer were hit and killed by moving vehicles. It's no wonder that body shops across the state report an influx of battered vehicles every year during deer season.

Don't pay that Maryland traffic ticket until you read this

What happens when you get a traffic ticket in Maryland?

Most people just pay it. However, that can be a big mistake. If you've recently been issued a payable ticket for a moving violation, take the time to review your choices before you make a decision about how to proceed.

How to make child custody exchanges safe for all

Having to live life under a child custody arrangement is not only difficult for you as the parent but also for your children. The arrangement could benefit both parents, but wind up hurting you more than the other parent. It all depends on how the exchange of custody is handled each time by both parents. Today, we will take a look at how to make the exchange of child custody safe for all parties involved.

Every exchange should be done at a neutral, safe location. This includes a firehouse, a police station, the public library or your child's school. This makes it less intimidating for the other parent when it is not handled in someone's home.

This is your post-car accident action plan

The moments following an auto collision will always be a blur. Even if it's a minor fender-bender, it's likely that you'll feel jarred and confused as the adrenaline starts pumping through your veins. Don't feel like you're any less of a person because of this: It's a sign that you're alive, and you should be thankful. Many don't get to make that claim after a vehicle collision.

In spite of all these jittery feelings, however, it's time to get focused and complete the following tasks:

BMW averts fire risks with 1.6 million-car recall

All products sold in the United States should be free of dangerous defects. Nevertheless, even the most well-respected manufacturers of luxury products have been known to make mistakes. The manufacturers of the most expensive vehicles, like BMW, Mercedes and Lexis, have made grave errors during their design and manufacturing processes that have resulted in death and catastrophic injuries.

For example, last Tuesday, BMW announced the recall of approximately 1.6 million cars because they're at risk of bursting into flames. Tuesday's recall announcement was an expansion of a recall across Asia and Europe that included 480,000 BMWs. The automaker expanded the recall to include over 1 million more cars throughout the world, including the United States and Canada.

Keeping a diary can help you show a pattern of domestic violence

Choosing to leave a marriage played by domestic violence is not an easy decision. The victims of spousal abuse often face increased risk when they choose to leave their partner. However, there are things you can do while you are still married to help protect you when you choose to leave in the future.

Even if you are too frightened to call law enforcement when your spouse becomes violent, you can't still document things before you leave that can help you when you need to convince the courts that your allegations are credible. Keeping a journal or diary is one way to establish a record of what you indoor in a marriage with domestic violence issues.

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