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Football player receives plea deal

Colorado residents may have heard about the guilty plea entered by Oakland Raiders cornerback Daryl Worley. He pleaded guilty on June 18 to three charges including driving while under the influence of alcohol and having firearms in his vehicle. The DUI conviction led to a 72-hour jail sentence while the other charges resulted in two years of probation. However, the defensive back was credited with time served as it related to his jail sentence.

The charges stem from an incident on April 15 when the player was found unresponsive in a vehicle that was blocking traffic near the Philadelphia Eagles practice facility. Worley was a member of the team at the time, but was let go by the team after the incident. He may face further discipline from the NFL under its personal conduct policy. He told reporters that he was grateful for the opportunity to play for Oakland.

Making co-parenting successful

After a divorce, Colorado parents will be faced with the very important task of raising their kids in separate households. No matter the situations that caused the divorce, or the feelings that might still linger afterward, parents should work together to raise their children. Although challenging, co-parenting after a divorce can be done successfully.

To begin with, both parents should remember that their co-parenting efforts center around the best interests of their children. As such, the goal should be to provide a warm, secure, stable life with the children. One way to do this is by following the same rules in both homes. These rules can be general regarding behavior and other limits, but do not have to be so specific that they create further issues between the parents. Ex-spouses should also be honest with their children if they ask why the marriage ended. While they should not encourage any hope of reunion if there is none, they should also be careful of passing on bitter feelings that remain after the divorce.

Colorado developer continues a six-year battle against charges

White collar crime allegations can be devastating to more than just your freedom. Not only can someone end up with expensive fines and a prison sentence, consequences can radiate into all areas of your life. Allegations can damage your reputation in an industry, permanently affecting your career. Some criminal cases can drag on for years, even after being dismissed in court.

A prominent Colorado developer is currently facing this dilemma after having charges against him dismissed and then overturned twice over the course of six years. Ray Marshall is accused of stealing $1 million from a deal regarding the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters location in Colorado Springs. He is facing 41 counts of racketeering and theft.

The dangers of self-medicating with illegal substances

Mental illness has no easy solution. There is no one answer that works for everyone. Some people who suffer mental health problems need therapy, medication or a combination of both to feel better. Unfortunately, many people suffer undiagnosed mental health disorders or do not have the appropriate resources to address their symptoms. Teens and young adults who do not get help may self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

The link between mental illness and substance abuse

Man accused of drunk driving after crash on Black Bear Pass

On July 22, a Colorado man was cited for drunk driving after he allegedly caused a car accident on Black Bear Pass, a mountain road that connects Silverton and Telluride. The road is narrow with steep drop-offs, making accidents extremely dangerous.

The 28-year-old man was allegedly driving recklessly when he went over a hill and collided with a Jeep Wrangler that was parked at the side of the road. There were four passengers sitting inside at the time of the accident. The man ended up rear-ending the Jeep before continuing to drive off the road for another 40 yards. He then hit some boulders, causing the airbags in his vehicle to deploy. The accident did not cause the Jeep to go off the road.

What women should know about finances in divorce

Many people in Colorado may experience some unpleasant financial surprises when going through a divorce. One online marketplace, Worthy, found that nearly half of divorced women in a survey said this had happened to them. The incidence of surprise was greater among women under 55 than for those 55 and older.

One surprise was a lack of awareness about how much debt there was. This was particularly likely to happen in relationships in which the husband solely handled marital finances. The survey found that this was also a more prevalent arrangement among younger women than older women with 18 percent of women who were 55 and older saying their husbands made most financial decisions compared to nearly a quarter of women 54 and under.

Financial woes are a major cause for divorce

Many married Colorado couples have experienced marital tension due to financial issues. They are not alone in this. In fact, some studies show that a majority of divorces are caused by financial struggles. However, there are ways to work around financial issues.

According to some experts, many couples struggle with financial issues due to their differing financial values. If one partner is a saver and another a spender, their values might lead them to fight over their financial goals and lifestyle. However, if they can agree on what to save and spend, they have a good chance of working through problems. Another issue many couples face is a lack of communication about finances, particularly when one spouse is not being heard in the relationship. Couples can work on this by setting pre-determined monthly meetings to go over their finances and by being open and honest.

Infotainment systems found to be distracting for drivers

Drivers in Colorado should be aware that numerous studies are being undertaken to shed light on how technology affects driving behavior. MIT researchers, for example, have been analyzing the effect of automated features like Tesla's Autopilot for years now. One company has been equipping fleet vehicles with cameras as a way to obtain information on, and prevent, road incidents.

Most recently, a AAA analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Utah has come up with some interesting conclusions. Researchers made an experiment where 64 people drove five different vehicles and used the infotainment systems that were built into them. The vehicles were a 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E, 2017 Ford Mustang GT, 2018 Chevrolet Silverado LT, 2018 Kia Optima and 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie.

Getting a quick and easy divorce

When Colorado couples decide that a divorce is imminent, they may want the process to be over with as quickly as possible. However, the route that former couples take to get the divorce can have an impact on how long the process actually takes.

A DIY divorce is one of the fastest ways to get a divorce. If both individuals agree on who gets what, all they need to do is fill out the required paperwork and wait a certain amount of time. In Colorado, a divorce can be finalized in as little as 91 days. Mediation can also be a quick process although the number of issues that must be resolved before the divorce can be finalized will determine the length of the process. The faster the former couple can come to an agreement on property division and child custody, the faster they can get to the waiting period.

Dealing with child custody for never-married parents

While child custody issues may be more simple when a baby's parents are married at the time of birth, an increasing number of Colorado parents are facing a different situation. A mother may not list her baby's father on the birth certificate if she was not married or otherwise involved in a relationship with him at the time of the baby's birth. In the future, however, questions can arise about child custody. Even single mothers without their children's fathers in the picture may wonder if they should go to court to establish legal custody.

There are several issues that can arise when dealing with child custody issues when there is no father named on the birth certificate. While the state of Colorado has a preference for joint custody, this is not an issue when the father is not involved and has never been involved in the child's life. However, if the father becomes interested in the future, the state may look positively on his efforts to establish paternity and a fatherly relationship with his child or children. In many cases, a DNA test or a signed acknowledgment of paternity may be necessary in order to recognize a person who was not named on the child's birth certificate as the legal father.

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