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The basics about child custody

When Texas residents are going through a divorce, many find that the child custody issue is the most emotional part of the process. A divorce can be tough on anyone, but couples who have children sometimes feel like the divorce process is particularly hard on them. That is why these couples think long and hard about whether the marriage is worth trying to save, or if divorce is inevitable.

Residents who have children and who are getting divorced will need to know the basics about child custody. The right information can help alleviate some of the uncertainty involved in the divorce process.

Working through complications that can arise in a divorce

Couples in Texas who make the decision to go through a divorce do not arrive at that decision lightly. After all, most married couples have poured years of their heart and emotions into the relationship, and the realization that they may be better off separated can be difficult to acknowledge. And, then, during the divorce, complications can arise if the soon-to-be ex-spouses have significant disagreements on the issues that need to be decided, such as alimony, child custody and support and property division.

Each divorce case will have its own unique challenges. In some cases, the couple may still be friendly enough with each other to negotiate certain terms of the split, but the process of going through all of the issues may be time consuming and emotionally taxing. In other cases, the couple may fight over every little detail, making the likelihood of needing to plead their cases in a courtroom more likely.

What can one do if they were injured by a distracted driver?

Cellphones have undeniably changed American culture. While at one time, everyone was tied to a landline if they wanted to make a call, cellphones have now become the dominant form of communication. Not only that, but people can do even more on their cellphones these days, like send text messages and emails and look at the Internet. Unfortunately, this technological revolution has led to a dangerous side effect: drivers throughout the country are more distracted than ever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which keeps track of distracted driving statistics in America, approximately 1,000 people per day are injured in car accidents that are caused by distracted drivers. That is a staggering figure. So, what can Texas residents do if they are injured in one of these types of car accidents?

The danger of car accidents caused by drunk drivers

This past Labor Day weekend was a good example of a time when family and friends get together to spend time together, catch up with each other and, generally, just have a good time. For many, including thousands of Texas residents, the good times includes drinking alcohol. While drinking alcohol doesn't always lead to problems, it certainly can when an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle.

The danger of car accidents caused by drunk drivers in America was made clear in a recent article. According to the article, the good news is that, overall, the number of arrests for driving under the influence throughout the country has been on the decline in recent years. Citing data collected by the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, over the last 30 years the number of DUI arrests has decreased by one-third. However, there was bad news as well: despite the decrease in DUI arrests, there are still nearly 30 deaths per day in America that are caused by drunk driving. That is a staggering amount.

Up all night? Think twice before taking a drive

Everyone has been there. You were up too late the night before and now you have to sit in a line of traffic to get to and from work. You may think you are not that tired, but suddenly you're opening your eyes and slamming on the brakes, almost hitting the car in front of you. The worst-case scenario being that you actually do fall asleep behind the wheel and obtain serious injuries from the crash.

Understand your options in a child custody dispute

Texas residents know that divorces or other relationship break-ups can be a difficult time in anyone's life, but if there are children involved from the relationship the circumstances can be even more complicated. When there are children involved, you can't just move on, in most cases. Couples will need to reach an agreement, or have a judge make a ruling, on child custody.

There is no doubt that child custody disputes can be the messiest part of a divorce. The vast majority of Texas residents who have children are good parents who want what is best for their kids. However, sometimes each parent has their own interpretation of what is best. In a child custody dispute, it is important to know your options.


If you are currently going through a Texas divorce or you believe a divorce may be imminent in the near future, you should consider the upcoming changes to federal tax law concerning the deductibility of alimony payments (called spousal maintenance under Texas law).

The right approach to get through your divorce in Texas

There are probably many people throughout the country who believe that since divorce is such a common legal proceeding that it is an easy type of case to get through. However, as many divorces cases are contested, in most cases this is not true. Most divorces are more likely to involve complex issues for the couple to address, including property division, alimony and child support and custody issues, to name a few.

With so many factors that present the possibility to make the case complicated from the get-go, many Texas residents will be wondering about their options before and during the divorce. As our readers might expect, no two legal cases are ever the same, and that applies to divorce as well. While property division might be the most complicated issue to address for one couple, child custody and support issues may be the most important issue to another couple.

Austin seeing more hit-and-run crashes

Being in a motor vehicle accident is bad enough. There are things though that could make this terrifying experience even worse for a person. One is if the vehicle that hit him or her then speeds off.

Unfortunately, such incidents have been increasing in number here in Austin in recent years. There were 1,201 hit-and-run accidents reported in Austin in 2010. In 2017, the number of such crashes reported was 1,680. This is a 40 percent increase.

Yikes! Car crash got you injured, here’s what to do

Car crash injuries are the worst.

It was just another day. A morning drive to work. Driving down the street, then out of nowhere, a reckless driver crashes into you. They were speeding and rather than getting to work on time, now you both are stuck at the scene. You are injured and you are now thinking to yourself, “how long will this injury keep me out for? I don’t want to lose my wages on nursing this injury.”

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