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CO-PARENTING CAN BENEFIT THE CHILDREN IF PARENTS CAN GET ALONG

Parents that are able to work together after going through a divorce can help ensure their children thrive by using the co-parenting model. This enables consistency between homes for children because many of the rules remain consistent from one home to the other home. This is a challenge, but having some serious negotiations with your ex might be beneficial to your children’s circumstances.

Discuss your house rules with your ex and listen to the rules at their house. Decide which ones you can tweak so that they work at both households. Some rules, such as bedtimes, might need to be consistent for younger kids. Other rules, such as loud voices in the house, might not be needed at both homes if only one parent allows that type of behavior. Use your best judgement here.

When you are establishing the initial co-parenting plan, you need to be realistic about what your capabilities. The schedule should be reflect upon your and your ex's schedules so that you have a reliable plan for the children. If the children are very active in extracurricular activities, church or sports, you must consider that too.

Things will be a bit challenging, especially at first. However, co-parenting gives your children a massive advantage post divorce, because both parents are actively working together to figure out what is best for them.

Parenting between two homes isn’t easy, and no method is perfect. There are going to be situations when you and your ex don't see things eye to eye. If reasonable compromise just isn't feasible, you may need to return to court and have a judge give you the answer.

We can provide you with strong representation in these cases.

Orion MeyersFamily Law
HOW TO AVOID SUBCONTRACTOR DEFAULT

When you hire a subcontractor, you’re relying on that the person to do whatever it takes to provide the highest level of service. Unfortunately, sometimes this doesn't happen.

In fact, sometimes things don't work out with the subcontractor at all, eventually leading to default.

While there's no way of seeing the future and knowing what will happen when you hire a subcontractor, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from a default:

  • Take the pre-qualification process seriously: You shouldn’t assume that every subcontractor you come across has what it takes to complete the job. Pre-qualification is an absolute must. This will give you the necessary confidence to make the best hiring decision.

  • Know the signs of a flaky subcontractor: If a subcontractor isn't able to provide a solid timeline for completing the job, you may want to reconsider hiring them. You don’t have time for that!

  • Always, always, always use a contract: There are times when it seems easier to hire a subcontractor without a contract. However, you're putting yourself in a bad spot in the event of a default. You'll never regret the decision to protect yourself with a contract.

As a contractor, there are times when you'll need the help of a subcontractor. You also know that hiring a one can be risky, as you don't always know what you're going to get.

If you run into any issues with subcontractor default or the need to terminate an agreement, make sure you read through your contract to fully understand the steps you should take. You should also become familiar with your local laws. This will give you the best picture of your legal rights.

We can assist you should you have any questions.

DO THESE THINGS AFTER A CAR CRASH THAT'S NOT YOUR FAULT

There are some best practices to keep in mind immediately following a car accident. If you were involved in a crash that wasn't your fault, here are some steps to take:

Check yourself and your passengers for injuries:

Your health and well-being is top priority, so don't attempt to do anything until you take this step.

Gather all the necessary information:

You'll want to exchange phone numbers and insurance details with the other driver, but don't feel compelled to talk about any details of the accident— there is plenty of time for this later.

Call police to the scene:

It's often a good idea to call for help, especially if one or more person is injured. With police on the scene, you can be sure that a report will be filed with all the necessary information. This can work in your favor when filing a claim with your insurance company.

Contact your insurance company:

You should do this as soon as possible, as you want them to know what happened immediately. They can provide additional advice and guidance on what steps you should take next.

Let your insurance company do its job:

In an ideal world, the other driver's insurance company steps in and pays for any damages they ought to. Of course, this doesn't always happen, but your insurance company can help facilitate the process.
Depending on what happens after the accident, you may need to contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal rights. Unfortunately, it's possible that the other driver's insurance company will continue to fight back, arguing that the crash was partially or entirely your fault.

You never want to be pushed around, so make sure you are equipped for anything that comes your way. Contact us if you have any questions regarding an automobile accident of any kind.

Orion MeyersPersonal Injury
THREE FREE APPS THAT CAN HELP CO-PARENTS COORDINATE SCHEDULES

Sticking to you and your children’s schedules is tough enough during the school year, but add in a divorce and coordinating schedules may be even more complicated than usual. On top of after-school activities, play dates and school obligations, you may need to keep track of who it is that’s picking up your children, who will attend sports games and dance recitals, and where the kids will sleep at night.

As if simply keeping track of everybody’s busy schedules wasn’t work enough, you may also feel expected to remind everyone else what their plan is too. It’s one thing to remind your kids about the day’s schedule, but it’s probably not at the top of your list to touch base with your ex every day to solidify the details of your schedule. Fortunately, there are a ton of tech tools available to you that can help alleviate your schedule coordination madness.

Some of the top free apps for that help streamline scheduling include:

  • Google Calendar

  • Cozi

  • SquareHub

Sometimes a simple tool is all that you need

Although Google Calendar may be the least flashy app on the list, its minimalism and simplicity help make it one of the most effective tools for scheduling. Google Calendar allows you to make your own calendar and share editing permissions with other members, like your ex-spouse, so you can both make necessary changes to it without requiring communication. You’ve even got the ability to make more than one calendar to organize different types of events in your life. For example, you can keep things organized by setting up one calendar for your custody schedule and another for your children’s activities.

Having everything in one place has its advantages

Among other features, Cozi allows you to include each family member’s events in one color-coded calendar. Each family member can have access to the same calendar, so everyone will be well versed on the day’s events. You can even plug in reminders for important events and tasks. The Cozi app also allows you to store lists, such as grocery lists, to-do lists or packing lists— fully customized to your life.

Older children may want more involvement with scheduling

If you have older children in their teens, you may prefer an app that allows more fluid communication and multiple contributors. SquareHub is a private social network app that you can design just for your family. It allows each member to send messages to each other, coordinate and view schedules, and share photos. The app seamlessly brings all of this to one place. It is designed to be safe for children, and even includes a “check-in” feature so you can know your kids are safe, no matter where they are.

Managing schedules can be difficult during the school year when everyone in the family is busy. It can be even more challenging when divorce has caused changes to your family’s normal routines. However, a clever app may be able to help you get organized. If you find a system that works for your situation, it may help your whole family stay on track throughout the school year.

Orion MeyersFamily Law
CONSTRUCTION LAW: EFFECTIVE ARBITRATION CLAUSES FOR YOUR CONTRACT

Arbitration is not just a good alternative to traditional litigation in construction law disputes; it is often a mandatory requirement in Louisiana. Many business owners involved in building a new office or headquarters do not plan for an arbitrated solution. As such, they may not have an arbitration clause in their construction contracts. These clauses are essential for both sides in a construction law dispute.

Those who have not yet experienced a contract or other commercial dispute have time to add arbitration clauses to their contracts. In the interests of helping business owners in the Baton Rouge area, the following section contains several examples of effective arbitration clauses.

  • Who can arbitrate: This clause decides if one party or both parties get to determine if arbitration is necessary.

  • When to arbitrate: Without a clause detailing when arbitration should occur (as close to the time of dispute as possible), wronged parties might have to wait until the completion of the project to seek a solution.

  • How to arbitrate: Adding this clause to your construction contract allows you or the other parties to choose a forum for arbitration. Examples of such forums include the American Arbitration Association and the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service. The right forum might make a difference in the outcome of your arbitration attempts.

  • If a court can review the arbitration: Adding an option for a court review can ensure that the results of arbitration comply with the state's substantive construction law elements.

If you need assistance drafting or rewriting construction law contracts to include the appropriate clauses, please consult with an attorney. This has the added benefit of ensuring that your construction contracts provide you and your business with sound legal protections.

Orion MeyersConstruction Law