The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident
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The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident

I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.

The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident

When Visitation Becomes A Problem

Yvonne Russell

Once the judge puts the signature on the final bit of divorce paperwork, you should be left with not only a legal separation as a couple, but with other connected provisions as well. If you and your spouse are the parents of a minor-aged child, there will be provisions for child custody, support, and visitation, and those orders must be followed to the letter. If you were fortunate enough to be able to work out a fair and efficient child visitation plan on your own, you are to be congratulated. It's always better for the people closest to the situation to make the plans for who spends what time with who. Regardless of who made the plan, there may come a time when you are reluctant to allow your child to take part in the visitation as ordered. Read on to learn more about handling visitation denials.

When Visitation Goes Wrong

In most cases, a good visitation plan ensures that both parents are able to spend time with their child and the child benefits from continuing to have a close relationship with both parents. Unfortunately, you may come to know that your child is not being exposed to the best or safest atmosphere while in the company of your former spouse. You should understand that, unless you feel your child's life in danger, you cannot simply withhold visitation privileges on your own. If you suspect that your spouse is exposing your child to drugs, physical or emotional abuse, unsafe or unhygienic home conditions, criminal behavior, or other serious issues, you must take action quickly. It's extremely important that you not make false allegations and that you are able to show proof of any bad behavior on the part of your spouse.

Take the Following Actions

  1. Call the police to make reports of any illegal behavior and ensure that a report is filed.
  2. Have your child examined by a doctor (if necessary) and keep up with all records and test results.
  3. Contact your attorney and request that they file for an emergency child visitation modification hearing.
  4. Appear before the family court judge and be ready to show proof of any wrongdoing by your ex.

A word of warning is in order here: if you make unproven accusations, you could be the one who ends up on the wrong end of the law. The family court system takes the filing of false claims very seriously and in some cases you may even lose custody of your child.

If you have questions about child visitation issues, be sure to speak to professionals like Garrett & Silvey Law Firm.