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Family drama can quickly turn a child’s life upside-down. They may find themselves caught between two people they love, and they may not be sure how to process their emotions.

If you and your spouse are separating or currently undergoing divorce proceedings, it’s important to make sure that the child is handling it well. Here are some tips on how to make sure your child is processing everything well:

Be honest with your child.

Kids are incredibly perceptive, and they’ll quickly pick up on things. Make sure to have an open and honest dialogue with them so that they understand exactly what is going on around them. If they are kept in the dark they may begin to feel neglected and hurt. When explaining the situation, be sure to be as neutral as possible. Divorces are tricky, and it’s not uncommon for kids to latch onto one parent. If they do so, try to avoid saying nasty things about the other parent. Although it may be tempting to vent to your child, you should also keep in mind that your spouse is also the child’s parent. Be sure to always put the child first.

Make sure the child knows that it’s not their fault.

A child is something equally shared by both parents, so the kid might view themselves as the common denominator. Make sure to comfort your child and assure them that the divorce has nothing to do with them, and that both parents love them more than anything else in the world.

Try to maintain a sense of routine.

Divorce may seem to bring time to a standstill, but the world is still turning. If the child is involved in sports or other activities, try and have both parents show up to support them. It will mean the world to the child to know that they are still loved and cared for. Although it may be difficult to remain civil, just remember that you are doing what is best for the child.

Never force the child to pick sides.

If the kid is in a position where they feel like they are being pulled in two different directions, make sure they know that they will always be loved by both parents. Doing otherwise can lead to feelings of resentment and dissolve any trust between the parents and the child.

Even if you follow all of this advice perfectly, divorce can still be tricky. Going through this means you’re going to need some trustworthy backup. Portner Bond, PLLC specializes in family law and can help get you through this process quickly and seamlessly. The sooner everything is finalized, the sooner the family can create a new sense of normality.

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Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug prescribed for people suffering from manic depression (bipolar disorder) and schizophrenia, is also given to children who are showing the early symptoms of autism. Although not actually FDA-approved, many doctors are also prescribing Risperdal to their patients who have other conditions that are not listed on the label.

Risperdal comes in various forms: tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and oral solutions. It is taken by mouth, and depending on the strength, the colors of each tablet vary: dark yellow for .25 mg, red-brown for .50 mg, white for 1mg, orange for 2mg, yellow for 3mg, and green for 4mg. All tablets are shaped as capsules and have the “Janssen” printed on one side, and the strength of dosage on the other side. These tables should be stored on a controlled room temperature away from direct heat, sunlight and moisture.

It is taken with or without food, depending on your doctor’s orders, either once or twice a day. Doses are based on the medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications that are also taken. Just as with any prescriptions, be sure to inform the doctor (and pharmacist) about all the other products, whether they are prescriptions drugs, over-the-counter, and herbal. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter in order to prevent or lower the risks of having side effects: the doctor may prescribe a lower dose and gradually increase it.

Taking the liquid form may require you to use the special measuring device provided; this is so that you have the exact amount of dose, since using a spoon can give you the wrong amount of dosage. If approved and directed, you can mix the treatment with other liquids (such as water, juices, coffee, or low-fat milk: it should not be mixed with cola or tea, however) and drink all the mixture immediately. Putting a mixture of your treatment and liquid aside for future use is not recommended. If you have inquiries and further questions, or if you are experiencing symptoms that seem to disturb you, consult with your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

A premarital agreement makes clear to those entering into marriage how their assets and properties, acquired either before or during marriage, ought to be distributed in case of divorce, legal separation or the death of one of the partners. This type of agreement is actually a contract that is aimed at protecting the financial interests and future of both spouses, in case the marriage does not work out and gets dissolved.

Though some engaged couples find the premarital or prenuptial agreement a means of taking away romance in their relationship and substituting it with mistrust, many others see it as a wise financial security, opening up more rooms that will make the couple more financially generous and open to one another.

The practice of entering into a premarital agreement takes it roots during the early 19th century, a time when women, who entered into marriage, was recognized only as an “extension” of her husband. Back then, there was a law called coverture which required a woman to relinquish her legal rights to her husband upon marriage. Due to this law married women lost their rights to get an education without her husband’s consent, transfer properties, sell or own anything or even receive salaries for work that they themselves rendered. If ever allowed by her husband to work, she ought to surrender to him everything she earns. Even in divorce, there was no guarantee that she will get anything of what she might have worked so hard for.

The cruel effects of the coverture law were eradicated by the Married Women’s Property Act which introduced and enforced the prenuptial agreement in 1848. It was this Act that gave back to married women all their rights, during and after marriage. Some of the real and actual advantages of the agreement are: preservation of inheritance and family ties; security over both business and personal properties made before marriage; and, assured protection of the financial security of the children.

Premarital agreements also allow for swift court decision on division of properties during a divorce case, saving the couple from the headache, worry, money and time that lengthy discussions will require. Financial experts advise engaged couples, though, who will decide to enter into a premarital agreement, to discuss the issue honestly, openly and candidly, so as not to make it sound and appear hurting or insulting to anyone.