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Bird nesting: When a child stays in the marital home

Most people want to do what's best for their children when they decide to get a divorce. What's best for their children, in their minds, may be to stay in the marital home. It's the place the child feels most comfortable, and it's easier to keep a child in one place than to make him or her move between two.

In Hollywood, some couples are opting to share a home in a trend nicknamed "bird nesting." Bird nesting is when divorced parents live in the same home at different times. Instead of sending a child to live in a different place, the parents simply take turns living in the home.

How long do you have to live in Nebraska to divorce?

Nebraska has many divorce laws that you need to know about. They could affect your case, which is something to consider when you're decide on how to move forward with your divorce.

To start with, you cannot get a divorce in Nebraska unless you or your spouse have been living in the state for at least one year. There is another 60-day waiting period that takes place after you file for divorce, which allows time for either party to contest the divorce. Basic filing fees for divorce in Nebraska include a $75 for filing along with a $157 fee for the civil docket.

Avoid these things to help your kids through divorce

No one knows your children better than you do. This is why you likely feel most capable of making decisions in their best interests as you navigate the divorce process. Even if you may not have seen the divorce coming, you're a realist, and you may have explained to your kids that although their lives are about to change, that does not mean their lives will be ruined. From speaking to friends who have gone through similar experiences, you've learned that all children adapt to post-divorce lifestyles in their own, unique ways.  

You want to focus on what's best for your children, and you want to make sure their well-being is a central focus in your divorce proceedings as well. The good news is that there are support resources available to help you in court. On the home front, there are several things you can do, and some things you want to avoid, to help your kids move forward to a happy future.  

Are American roads more dangerous than roads in other countries?

American roadways are not the safest in the world, and they are statistically more dangerous than Europe's roadways. Why is that the case, though, when the U.S. does have significant road rules and traffic regulations?

Per capita, traffic fatalities in the United States are the highest in the industrialized world. Other countries have different road designs and rules that could be a leading reason why they're much safer than in the United States. Studying what goes wrong in the U.S. is long overdue, and it's necessary to show why so many people are getting into painful or fatal crashes.

How to make custody exchange comfortable for all

Dealing with a custody arrangement is never easy. Even if you and your former spouse or the other parent of your child still speak, exchanging custody of the children can be stressful. You need to do everything possible to remove stress from the situation each time custody changes hands. You don't want these exchanges to be awkward, tense or filled with animosity. They will only have negative effects on your children.

The best way to make the custody exchange an easy one is to find a comfortable place for it to happen. The most comfortable place for your child is likely his or her school. You can have a teacher with you, friends of the children or a school administrator if things might get heated between you and the other parent. Once you pick a place, be sure to stick with it.

Don't get caught fleeing after an accident

If you're involved in a car crash and decide to leave the scene, you could be putting your future at risk. Even if you're not to blame, leaving the scene of an accident can lead to hit-and-run charges. Hit-and-run charges could impact you with large fines and possible jail time.

Normally, those who are found guilty of a hit-and-run crash that only results in property damage end up paying fines of up to $1,000, may go to jail for up to a year and may have to pay for other damages. On the other hand, those who leave the scene when someone is hurt face harsher penalties. Leaving the scene when someone is hurt or killed results in a felony hit-and-run, which is likely to result in incarceration and fines of up to $10,000. Penalties sometimes stack, too. For instance, if you are in a collision with three vehicles, you could be charged for a hit-and-run with property damage and for a felony hit-and-run.

Can you use rope to secure a load?

Truck drivers often transport heavy loads from one place to another. It's absolutely vital that they secure those loads to prevent them from coming loose. If a load comes loose on the highway, it's possible that other motorists could be hit and suffer serious injuries.

Take, for example, a woman who was in a crash when an entertainment center flew out of the back of an open trailer and into her vehicle. The unit had been tied down, but the force of the airspeed on a highway resulted in the unit coming loose. The woman hit by the entertainment center is now blind from the crash and advocates for securely loading vehicles.

DUIs and college life: How a night out could hurt your future

You want to have a good time with friends you meet at college, and it's normal for people your age to go out drinking together. What you didn't count on was finding out your designated driver was intoxicated. You decided to take the risk and drive home yourself, because you knew that he couldn't handle it. Unfortunately, you were over the limit as well.

After getting pulled over, your breath test came back with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent, just enough to land you a DUI. Now what should you do?

What is going to happen to your property during your divorce?

The end of your marriage will initiate major life changes in virtually every area of your life. It will certainly affect your finances, and you may have serious concerns over what will happen to your personal property. If you are facing a divorce, you may find it beneficial to have a full understanding of how the property division process works before you proceed.

It is normal to wonder what will happen to your stuff in a divorce. In fact, property division is one of the most commonly contested issues in many divorces. With a full understanding of your property rights and the way Nebraska divorces work, you can better protect your interests and fight for a reasonable and equitable property division agreement.

Drowsy drivers have no place on the road

Approximately 60 percent of adult drivers polled in 2005 reported that they drove while drowsy. In 2010, a poll showed that 4 percent of adults admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel at least once in the last 30 days. A study in 2016 showed that drivers become more dangerous with each hour of sleep they lose, becoming just as deadly as a drunk driver when they miss enough sleep.

As you can see, drowsy driving is an issue that has impacted America for a long time. People are warned of the dangers of being too tired behind the wheel, but it's hard to drive home the significance of polls. Statistics have shown that drivers who get only five or six hours of sleep are two times more likely to crash than drivers who sleep at least seven hours a night; that's something people need to stop ignoring.