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Mr. Roles to Speak at Divorce Seminar Next Month

Attorney Mark Roles will be speaking in Austin on May 17, 2019 at the seminar, "Divorce Cases From Start to Finish for Paralegals." Mr. Roles will be educating paralegals on financial information in divorce cases as well as child support and child custody issues. Link to seminar information below.

Divorce Cases From Start to Finish for Paralegals

Can you still like and respect a soon-to-be ex-spouse?

Texas residents probably expect divorce cases to involve quite a bit of emotions and perhaps even ill-will directed between the soon-to-be ex-spouses. After all, these cases are the end of relationships that have, in many instances, lasted for many years and could also involve children from the relationship. Quite a bit of "hard feelings" is expected. But, can you still maintain a good relationship and like and respect the other person during and even after the divorce case?

A recent news article suggested there are a few ways to do this. For starters, the article suggested that expectations of getting emotional "closure" during the divorce process should be tamped down. A divorce is a legal proceeding, not a forum in which to gain vindication for personal feelings. Furthermore, there were likely many emotions involved prior to the divorce case being filed, but there will be even more to address during the divorce process.

Making a child custody plan that works

Many people in Texas and throughout America probably have a vision of the court system as conservative and reluctant to change. However, in the realm of family law courts, change has come quite quickly in recent years, as many judges throughout the country begin to embrace a better understanding of how different family dynamics work. In essence, a plan or arrangement that works for one family may not work at all of another. In each case, the facts of the relationships involved are crucial.

The same goes for any cases in which a child custody plan needs to be put into place. The main goal of any court is usually to implement a plan that works and will not need major modifications while the child is a minor. However, that isn't always how it ends up, despite the best intentions of all parties involved.

Potentially dangerous products: there’s an app for that

You probably do everything you can to keep yourself and your family safe. Whether that means using natural cleaning solutions, purchasing a vehicle based on its crash rating or updating your children’s car seats when newer models becomes available, you may think you do not own any potentially hazardous products.

However, in many cases, products are recalled due to the potential risks they present for those who use them. These products could be harmful in various ways, such as posing a choking or fire hazard. But how are you supposed to know when there is a problem?

Can you get through your divorce case peacefully?

"Peace" and "divorce" are two words that most Texas residents don't associate together too often. When many people think about the divorce process, they likely imagine courtroom battles with bitter statements and allegations flowing back and forth between two soon-to-be ex-spouses. However, the reality can be much different, if the individuals involved are open to thinking about their long-term future as well as their immediate legal needs.

So, what are some ways Texas residents can get through a divorce case peacefully? Well, a recent article had a few tips, which our readers may want to consider. For starters, the recent article pointed out that it is crucial to determine that divorce is, in fact, the best option for your relationship. Sure, many of the disputes that lead to a divorce seem "irreconcilable," but are their really no options? Is it possible that you and your spouse could work through problems? The importance of knowing that a commitment to a divorce is the best option is a critical part of any divorce case.

Reckless driving by bus driver leads to fatal collision

Our readers in the Austin area are probably used to seeing news reports about car accidents here or there, but any time a fatality is involved it can be a shock for the local community. That was the case in an incident from earlier this year, in which a Capital Metro bus struck a bicyclist, resulting in the bicyclist's death.

According to the reports, the bus driver, a 40-year-old woman, was arrested after the deadly incident and has since been charged with manslaughter. The collision between the bus and the bicyclist occurred on January 28 on the University of Texas campus. As of mid-march, the bus driver was being held in custody, with a bond set at $80,000.00.

An overview of the timeline of a divorce case

Most of our readers in Texas probably have a pretty good understanding of the basics of a divorce case. In general, most divorce cases will involve the same issues: property division, alimony, child support and child custody, among others. But, the facts of each case can vary quite a bit. In addition to the common issues that need to be addressed, there is also a common timeline of how a divorce case unfolds.

Of course, the legal process of any divorce case will begin with one spouse or the other having the appropriate legal documents drafted and filed with the proper court. From there, those documents will need to be "served" on the other spouse - which means that the documents are delivered to that spouse in a verifiable fashion.

What are some basic questions about car accident cases?

Austin sees a number of car accidents every year, so it is fortunate that the vast majority are only "fender benders." The fact is, there is a very real possibility that anyone involved in a car accident can suffer minor or even serious injuries. In the worst of these accidents, there is a fatality. When Texas residents are injured in car accidents, they may have legal options to explore. So, what are some basics questions about a personal injury claim that our readers should have answered?

Well, for starters, it is important to understand that a personal injury case can be complex. While many cases end in a settlement rather than a courtroom trial, there are still many steps along the way. Evidence needs to be gathered, the appropriate defendants need to be identified for the case and, after the lawsuit is filed, injured victims need to persuade the other side that it simply isn't worth the fight.

The right child custody arrangement for your family

Texas residents going through a divorce have quite a few issues to address to resolve the case, but perhaps none are as important as the main issues that involve children: child custody and child support. Each family is different, so, in many cases, different child custody arrangements may work better for one family over another. What is important is to get the right child custody arrangement for your family.

Doing so, however, is oftentimes easier said than done. For starters, the couple going through the divorce, in many cases, has built-up animosity that may make it difficult to negotiate an agreement on child custody out of court. In other cases, even though the couple may be amicable enough with one other, their opinions may differ so much that it could be difficult for them to reach a good arrangement.

Will you experience unexpected changes after a divorce?

Many Austin residents considering divorce do so only as a last resort. Typically, married couples experiencing troubling times will do their best to work through their issues. However, sometimes even the best efforts aren't enough to save a relationship. Life after a divorce can be a mystery to many people - they don't know what to expect, especially if they have been married for many years.

As a recent article noted, there are many different ways that a divorce can impact a person's life, some of which can be completely unexpected. For example, the article noted that studies have shown that divorce is somewhat "contagious," meaning that people who have friends who have gone through a divorce may be more likely to go through with a divorce themselves.

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