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How will a court decide the best interests of my child?

When Texas courts award conservatorship, which is this state's name for child custody, they will do their best to try to determine the best interests of the children involved.

However, deciding what is or is not in the best interests of a child is not an easy task, particularly for a judge who likely does not know the full extent of an Austin family's situation, no matter how much he or she may try to be understanding about it.

Do you think your marriage is going to end in a divorce?

It is common for marriage counselors to say that there are signs that a marriage is "on the rocks." For the most part, many of these signs are quite obvious: arguing more frequently than ever before; failing to compromise on important issues; and even slacking intimacy in a relationship. However, for each marriage, the signs are different. A recent article asked the questions: Do you think your marriage is going to end in divorce? Should you expect it to?

Many people still cite the supposed common knowledge statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce. That may have been true at one point in time, and it may very well still be true today. With the varying ways in which those types of statistics are tracked, it is hard to tell for sure. But, as the recent article noted, it can seem like it is harder for people to find their "soulmate for life."

Just how dangerous is drunk driving?

There are many private and public media awareness campaigns designed to help people in Texas and throughout the rest of the country understand just how dangerous distracted driving is, but we should not overlook another danger that has been present on the roads since the automobile was invented: drunk driving. But, just how dangerous is drunk driving?

Well, based on the statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of our readers may be shocked at the true impact of drunk driving in America. According to the NHTSA, approximately 30 people per day die in America in car accidents that involved a person driving under the influence. It is estimated that the scale of damages and deaths caused by drunk driving costs about $44 billion per year.

Getting through your personal life and work during a divorce

Public perception is a major concern for many Texas residents who are contemplating a divorce. They worry about what their family and friends will think of them, as well as coworkers. Getting through your personal and professional lives during a divorce without too many bumps in the road can be tricky, but a recent article had a few tips.

For starters, it is important to make smart moves when it comes to your schedule, particularly your work schedule. A divorce case may necessitate attending court hearings, mediation sessions and frequent meetings with your family law attorney. For the most part, these will likely occur during "business hours" and taking too much time away from work can cause friction with your employer. But, with the right scheduling moves, conflicts can be kept to a minimum.

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.

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