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How to teach your children to avoid dog attack incidents

Imagine your child walks a short distance to school every morning, but there are several dogs that run around untethered in your neighborhood. Although you call animal control every time you see one of these animals, it seems that there's always the chance a new dog will show up and threaten the safety of your child when you least expect it.

It's time to prepare your child for an unknown dog encounter, so that they can avoid getting attacked and hurt if the animal turns aggressive. Here are some important safety tips to teach your son or daughter in this regard:

Viewing child custody proceedings as a battle is bad for kids

Getting divorced is it an emotionally complex process. People often experience the different stages of grief as they head toward the end of their marriage. They may also experience extreme frustration at how long it takes to go from filing divorce to finalizing divorce. This process is even longer when you have minor children.

Protracted divorce proceedings can sometimes lead to a build-up of intense emotions. That can lead both parents in a divorce to push as hard as possible for their preferred outcome. Unfortunately, when parents choose to fight it out over custody, the children are the ones who lose.

Can I modify my child custody orders?

Your life -- and the lives of your ex-spouse and children -- are bound to experience numerous changes in the years that follow your child custody agreement and/or child custody orders. Fortunately, however, you may be able to change your child custody agreement and/or child custody orders in the event that new life circumstances require it.

Imagine that you or your spouse get a new job opportunity that has a different schedule or is located in a different part of the country. Or, imagine your children acquire new schedules or develop different kinds of needs. If you are facing changing circumstances like these, here are two ways to pursue a child custody modification:

Can I pursue a claim for pain and suffering damages?

If you've been seriously hurt in a Mississippi car accident, you're probably dealing with a lot of challenges as you struggle to pay for medical care and heal from your injuries. You may also be dealing with financial challenges due to lost income because you're not able to work while you get better.

There's no doubt that the financial costs of your car accident injuries are immense, and many car accident victims can pursue financial claims to recover these costs from the party at fault for their injuries. If you're like most accident victims, however, you're probably dealing with intangible damages relating to emotional and physical pain and suffering.

How will divorce affect you financially? Here are 3 ways

As the higher earner in a relationship, you may think that your divorce won't affect you much. However, the reality is that your finances are likely to be impacted in some way. Divorces are expensive, but that's not the only reason your finances might be affected.

Another reason your finances could be affected during divorce is because you won't live with someone who has his or her own job. You will take on more expenses and there's the likelihood that you could have to pay child support or alimony. Here's a little more on these expenses.

Truck drivers can cause catastrophic injuries to other drivers

Most people with a license understand that there's some risk inherent in the process of driving a motor vehicle. Every time you get in a vehicle, whether as a driver or a passenger, there's the potential for something to happen. Your vehicle could have mechanical issues that result in loss of control. Inclement weather could make the roads unsafe. You could also cross paths with someone who isn't making safety on the road a priority.

Unsafe drivers who get behind the wheel while intoxicated, exhausted or distracted put everyone else on the road at risk. Their driving practices dramatically increase the risk of a crash for them and everyone else on the road with them. When those unsafe drivers are in charge of massive commercial vehicles, the end result could be tragic.

How does divorce affect women emotionally?

Many people think of divorce as an action -- a practical matter that must be dealt with systematically and logically. While this is true when it comes to the division of assets and the legal formalities, the practical aspects of divorce are just the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath is often a mixture of heartbreak, worry and relief.

It is important as a woman to understand how going through the process of a divorce will affect you from a psychological perspective. This is so that you can be fully prepared for the challenges that you may face, and so that you are well-equipped to come out on the other side a stronger, happier and more fulfilled woman.

Co-parenting takes effort from both parents

Parenting is difficult even under the best of circumstances. When you are no longer in a relationship with the other parent, the difficulty is increased. You always have to think about what is best for your children when you are co-parenting.

There are many tips to make co-parenting easier, but you have to figure out which ones apply to your circumstances. Almost every situation can benefit from these five basic tiips.

Are you protected if you collide with an uninsured driver?

You pay your motor vehicle insurance premium every month. Therefore, you expect to have adequate protection and coverage if you end up in a serious collision while driving. Many people don't understand that basic liability policies don't offer them any direct protection. Your motor vehicle policy won't repair your vehicle or pay for your medical bills. Instead, it covers any damages you are liable for if you cause a crash with another driver.

That means when another driver is responsible for a collision, your bills get paid by that person's insurance policy, not yours. If that other driver does not have an active insurance policy, however, that could leave you in a difficult situation. You may be unable to work and have medical bills stacking up.

Is a dog's owner responsible if their animal bites your child?

As a parent, you probably do everything in your power to protect your children. However, not everything in this world is under your control. You could take your child to play in a park, for a walk in your neighborhood or for a visit with a friend only to have your child seriously hurt by a dog bite.

Dog bites can cause all kinds of serious medical issues. The initial trauma of the bite may cause bleeding lacerations, broken bones or damaged tendons. The initial damages may be complicated by antibiotic-resistant infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Your child could require surgery to repair damaged tissue, plastic surgery to mitigate scars and many hours of therapy to address resulting emotional traumas and phobias. It's only natural to wonder who is responsible for all of those mounting expenses.