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The importance of fathers' overnight visits with infants

Infants have a strong need for stable relationships and dependable caregivers. In the event of a divorce in North Carolina, both parents should consider the needs of the child and attempt to maintain as much consistency as possible. Psychology Today argues that, in most cases, the needs of the child involve regular exposure to both parents. This viewpoint is influenced partially by the phenomenon known as Attachment, which is an infant's intense connection to his or her caregivers. The bond established in the early years influences the child's mental and emotional development and affects virtually every area of life. If both parents were involved in the child-rearing process before divorce, they should continue their involvement afterward in order to avoid disrupting the infant's emotional security.

What are North Carolina’s distracted driving laws?

As cellphone usage has become increasingly common among drivers, the number of accidents due to distracted driving has risen in every state, including North Carolina. reports that distracted driving was the cause of over 430,000 injuries and 3,179 deaths across the country in 2014. While there are several different types of distraction, including drinking, reading, eating and adjusting a radio, texting on cellphones is being touted as the most dangerous violation since it encompasses all three types of distraction: cognitive, manual and visual.

Truck driver regulations

Operators of large vehicles in the state of North Carolina and across the country are required to comply with specific safety standards on the road. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stipulates how many hours drivers may spend behind the wheel before taking a mandatory rest or a day off. Once cargo drivers have driven 10 hours in a row in one shift, they may not continue to drive after the 14th hour. In other words, even if a driver takes a rest after a 10-hour stretch, he or she cannot continue to drive for more than four additional hours within the same shift. These requirements are put in place in order to help prevent driver fatigue and the accidents that could potentially ensue.

Helping children deal with the emotions of divorce

Divorce is a painful process for every member of the family. While it is difficult for adults to cope with the stress of this huge life change, it is often even more difficult for children who may not understand what is happening and why. Parents in North Carolina should take intentional steps to guide their children through the transition of divorce, as well as the days and months to follow.

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