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How can I get treatment for alcohol addiction?

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Nebraska, your problems most likely extend beyond the legal. Alcohol addiction has many different components, on of which is run-ins with the law. People may also experience problems with interpersonal relationships, as well as issues with work life. Getting treatment is crucial in this case, and Very Well Mind explains some of your options.


These 5 rules of co-parenting will ease tension

When it comes to co-parenting, many people find that the worst part is the tension between them and their ex-spouse. There may not be any way to completely eliminate this, but there are steps you can take to ease the tension to provide your children with the environment they need to thrive.

Here are five rules of co-parenting to keep in mind:

  • Realize that it's not all about you: In addition to putting your children first, think about the way your ex-spouse is feeling. This approach gives you the ability to make more informed and courteous decisions.
  • Remain flexible: You want to follow your parenting agreement, but, at the same time, flexibility is a key to co-parenting success. For example, if your ex-spouse asks to change the day they visit with their children this week, don't fight back if you can make it work with your schedule.
  • Don't argue about everything: With co-parenting, there are going to be times when you argue. No matter how hard you try, there's no way around this. However, you don't want to turn everything into an argument. Disagreements are fine, as long as they don't turn into serious battles.
  • Communication is key: Even if you had a messy divorce, you still need to communicate with your ex when co-parenting. You don't have to do this face to face. You don't even need to do it over the phone. If text message and email work best for you, there's nothing wrong with using it to stay in touch. It may be impersonal, but that's okay given the circumstances.
  • Don't get in the way: There will be times when you feel poorly when your children are spending time with your ex. This may lead you to get in the way, such as by calling or texting your child. Resist the urge, as you don't want your ex doing the same to you when you're spending time with your children.

How can divorce negatively impact a child?

Nebraskan parents going through a divorce have more than just themselves to worry about. They also have to worry about their children. Monzón, Guerra & Associates, attorneys at law, understand that divorce can be a difficult or even traumatic experience for a child, and are here to help you determine what to do to limit those stressors.

The first thing is understanding how divorce can negatively impact your child. It can have numerous mental and emotional consequences. This includes the possibility of the child withdrawing, experiencing personality changes, or doing worse in school. The stress of a divorce can be enormous, and every child reacts differently under that pressure.

Nebraska drug investigation leads to arrests of 4 people

Life may never be the same again for four people arrested on drug charges last week following an investigation involving cooperation between city and state authorities in western Nebraska. A search of the home and car belonging to one individual revealed additional information that led to the arrests of three others on Class IV felony drug charges as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, which is an infraction. 

The initial search took place at a home in the 300 block of Cedar Street in Chadron, Nebraska. The resident arrived in his vehicle just as authorities came to the scene to conduct a search of his residence. A vehicle search prompted by the smell of marijuana coming from the car, and also noticeable on the resident's person, allegedly yielded miscellaneous items of drug paraphernalia, 1 gram of methamphetamine and 3 grams of marijuana. The planned search of the residence reportedly yielded trace amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine along with more paraphernalia. 

What is the one-leg stand test?

If you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense in Nebraska, you will no doubt be wanting to learn as much as you can so that you can appropriately defend yourself against the charges. One of the important things for you to know about is what processes or steps are required to be involved in the administration of the field sobriety tests.

One of the tests that is commonly used in a drunk driving investigation is called the one-leg stand test. As explained by, before you are ever asked to do anything or take this test, the police officer involved is required to thoroughly explain how the test will work. This instruction portion of the experience should also be accompanied by a live demonstration by the officer. 

Your mortgage during a divorce

Residents in Nebraska who own homes with their spouses and who are getting divorced often want to try and keep their homes after their divorces are final. This can be an especially appealing option for families with young children as it maintains some continuity for the kids. However, care should be exercised when doing this to ensure that the spouse who leaves the home does not unknowingly remain financially responsible for it.

As explained by Bankrate, some people might think that the simple act of signing a quit claim deed is all that is required to transfer responsibility for a house to another party. In reality, however, doing this only transfers ownership of the property, not financial responsibility.

Take these 7 steps following a car accident

If you're part of a car accident, it's not always easy to make informed decisions. Instead, you will tend to panic, do whatever comes to mind and hope for the best.

Fortunately, if you have a clear understanding of what to do in the event of a car accident, you're more likely to make the right choices at the right time.

International treaties complicate handling of asylum seekers

U.S. policies on immigration become more confusing for Nebraskans every day, particularly for those seeking asylum or who know someone who is. While the current president of the United States reportedly wants to require Central American asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico while U.S. courts deliberate their status, the established laws would make that extremely difficult, if not impossible. 

Typically, those applying affirmatively for asylum in the United States do not even submit a form to that effect until after they arrive in the country; the law allows them up to one year following arrival in the U.S. to apply to Citizenship and Immigration Services. According to reports, the current president wishes to change this process and prevent asylum seekers from entering the United States at all until after approval of their applications. 

Property division does not need to be evenly split

If you are considering divorce in Nebraska, you may be assuming that everything is automatically split down the middle, fifty-fifty. However, unlike the movies lead you to believe, that is not the way it works in most states. At Monzón, Guerra & Associates, Attorneys At Law, our experienced team focuses on obtaining the best outcome for you.

According to FindLaw, when it comes to property laws, Nebraska is an equitable distribution state. Whereas community property states split assets down the middle, Nebraska courts divide property in a manner they consider fair. An in-depth discovery process uncovers which property, assets and debt are considered marital property and which are not.

How can I establish paternity?

When you father a child, you want to be in that child's life and have the full legal rights a father should have under Nebraska law. However, if you were not married to the mother when the child was born or prior to that, you have to establish your paternal rights through the legal system. It can be simple to do or more difficult, depending on your relationship with the mother.

According to the State of Nebraska Judicial Branch, to establish paternity, you first must ensure you are within the legal parameters. You must file in the county where you live and the child must have lived in the state since birth or for at least six months. In addition, the child must be younger than four years old.

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