5 Essentials To Prepare Before You Propose To Your Loved One

If you are soon to be popping the question to your fiancée, there are many things to consider. It is at times like this when things often get overlooked, as we prepare for this most challenging of occasions and in order to ensure the right outcome, here are some essentials to cover when you propose marriage prior to the big day.

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Living DNA – Your DNA Adventure Has Begun

A few months back I received a DNA kit through the post from Living DNA. I find it really exciting learning about family ancestry, family trees and knowing where you come from. Now my dad and aunt have gone, plus having no grandparents on either side, I have no other older family members to chat to regarding the family history. I’m lucky that I have managed to go back as far as I can while researching the family tree.

Living DNA - Your DNA Adventure Has Begun

So having the chance to learn and discover by having my own DNA tested about my ancestors going back 10 generations is amazing. Living DNA covers your family line ancestry, but unlike other tests they also include your motherline, and your fatherline ancestry if you are male.

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6 Questions You Should Ask Before Selling Your House

Selling your house can seem like an overwhelming task. In fact I would go on to say it’s one of the most stressful things in life. So you want to be sure you’re doing everything right, to get the best price for your home and to sell it quickly. Here are six questions to ask yourself before you sell your home so that you can sell with confidence.

6 Questions You Should Ask Before Selling Your House

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  1. Is now the right season to sell?

When selling a house, timing can make all the difference. This means picking a good time of year to sell, but also picking a good time in your own life and situation. Home sales often begin to pick up around late winter or early spring, peaking during the summer months as families often choose to move in between school years to make things easier on their children.

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What Are Your 3 Main Options If Your Ex Stops Paying Alimony?

If you are divorced and your ex stops paying alimony, what do you do?  There are various avenues you can take to ensure your ex continues paying their alimony as requested. Here are three main options you can consider.

What Are Your 3 Main Options If Your Ex Stops Paying Alimony

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  1. Talk to Your Ex

This is the first and most straightforward approach to ensuring your ex still pays their alimony. Sometimes all it takes is a mere phone call to remind them that they are past due and you need your check. However, this approach may not necessarily work for every single individual. If you find it difficult speaking to your ex, you can consider seeking mediation as an alternative way. However, when you find it difficult dealing with your ex, you can always consider other alternatives such as finding a contempt of court and wage garnishment.

  1. Contempt of Court

In the context of the alimony, you would move to court to find your ex in contempt so you can enforce the order to pay. Just like the criminal contempt charges, civil contempt charges can lead to incarcerations. In this case, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff, although it is lower as opposed to the criminal court. Those held in civil contempt are not subject to the same level of constitutional protections as people who face criminal contempt charges.

The sanction for lack of payment will be an order to continue paying as required. Nonetheless, the sanctions could be indefinite, more so when you seek contempt charges to an order that is ongoing.

  1. Wage Garnishment

Wage garnishment as an option for making your ex pay their alimony always varies between states. It may involve filing a wage garnishment in the civil court once you win a higher court lawsuit or a small claim. Wage garnishment may also be filed directly with the ex’s employer.

When wage garnishment is filed in a civil action, provide the orders of the judge in a higher court lawsuit. This proves that your ex has a direct order to make their payment. For instance, if your ex works for the federal government such as the military, then it’s possible to file for wage garnishment with the federal government. However, you’ll require a specific legal order from the court asking the government to withhold some money from your ex. Such an order instructs the government (who is the employer) to send the money directly to you.

This approach is always a tricky because a certain percent of the debtor’s income is protected by the federal law. The state statutes also regulate the amount allowed for alimony payment resulting from wage garnishment. Generally, people who head households have certain amounts of their wages protected. For that reason, even when you succeed in a wage garnishment, you need to know that you may be in line with other individuals who already possess established judgments against your ex.

Final Word

If you are experiencing difficulties with spousal or child support enforcement, make sure you seek the help of experienced divorce lawyers. Call Shelly Ingram for all the help you need to deal with an alimony case.


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Which Extreme Adventure Sports Is Best For Your family?

Keeping family life exciting can be a challenge. Instead of the more traditional sports, why not try extreme adventure sports with the kids. These sports can be thrilling and perfect for creating family memories alongside boosting your health and family communication.

In this post we will explore the nation’s best extreme adventure sports for families alongside what equipment you will need and safety tips. So what activity is best for your family?

Extreme adventure sports for fearless families

Rock climbing

From moving up indoor climbing walls to scaling cliff faces outdoors, rock climbing is an adrenaline-pumping activity that is excellent for getting kids fully engaged in sport. But where did it all begin? Rock climbing started to become a loved sport around the end of the 1800s, with the Lake District considered one of three, major ‘birthplaces of rock climbing’ (the others are in Italy and Germany).

Of course, as popularity for the sport grew in the 1940s and 1950s, so did the demand for safety equipment and climbing aids, which made the activity more accessible for younger people and families. From steel carabiners to nylon ropes, technology has helped to propel rock climbing into mainstream sport. Today, you can climb all over the UK — both at indoor venues and on outdoor walls — and the sport has grading system that rates the difficulty of a climb and the climber’s skill to help make the sport even safer — but still just as exciting!

Benefits of rock climbing for families

  • Builds upper and lower body strength.
  • Enhances problem-solving skills (i.e. considering the best route for reaching the top).
  • Encourages concentration.

Rock climbing as a family

As we mentioned, there are plenty of places to rock climb with your family. If you’re just starting out, make sure you choose an instructing company with a high customer rating — especially for safety and teaching. The Association of British Climbing Walls is a good place to start if you’re looking for a climbing wall in your area.

In rock climbing, you’ll notice that you use your lower limbs more than your upper limbs — great to boost fitness and strength but may be tough for little ones at first. Although you and your family will improve in time, it may be worth opting for a few indoor sessions until you’re all confident with the height and physical strain. Once your family feels ready and has learned a few techniques, why not book an outdoor climbing session? There are lots of packages at popular landmarks across the UK and you can even make it into a weekend away.

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Competition – Win Tickets to The Cycle Show in Birmingham

The Cycle Show comes to the NEC Exhibition Centre, Birmingham this September from Friday 28th – Sunday 30th September 2018, and I have two family tickets for you to win!

The UK’s biggest national cycling showcase is a must for cycling fans and families to get out and try riding a bike. There is loads on offer for the kids to try out. From BMXing with the UK’s top ranked BMX pro and Flatland Champion Lee Musselwhite, to testing your skills on the two dedicated free-to-ride kids test tracks.

Competition - Win Tickets to The Cycle Show in Birmingham

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