One of the many advantages of working with an attorney to create a thorough estate plan is that you can take steps to keep it private. Many people don't realize that if they have only a will in place, that will must go through a probate court in order for the instructions in it to be carried out. That makes it a public court record.
When you and your spouse were working through your child custody/visitation agreement and parenting plan, you likely focused on big holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. However, before you get to those, there's Halloween.
Buying a home is no easy task, so with the closing date usually comes a feeling of relief. You can finally call your new place home. If you sold the previous house you lived in, it also involved a closing date. This final part of the process affects you no matter if you are a buyer or a seller.
You're driving along, listening to your favorite podcast or music. Suddenly another driver cuts in front of you at an entrance or exit ramp, squeezes ahead of you in bumper-to-bumper traffic or makes a rude gesture at you when you've done nothing wrong.
You fathered a child who has been raised by your former girlfriend (or maybe someone you barely knew). You've paid child support, as you were ordered by the court to do, but you've had no role in that child's life for any of a multitude of reasons. In another scenario, maybe you and your spouse divorced, and you haven't been involved in your child's upbringing except to provide financial support.