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What factors will affect your divorce case?

No two divorce cases are the same. Each individual case will have its own set of facts, and a couple coming into the situation from various walks of life. There are a variety of assets at stake, and differences in relationships between parents and children. However, many divorce cases have the same types of issues that need to be addressed: child custody and support, property division and alimony, among others. What factors will affect these issues in divorce cases?

In many divorce cases in Texas, the couple is able to agree to the appropriate resolution of many of the issues in the case. Issues involving the children, for example, can be addressed appropriately if both parties agree to what is best for their children. Property division could be resolved out-of-court as well, if the couple is willing to think through their various assets and agree to a split that is fair.

Know your options when you have been injured in a car accident

Thousands of car accidents occur in America each year, with many occurring in Texas. We all know by now the danger of drunk drivers on the roads, as private and public campaigns to raise awareness about drunk driving have been active for decades. Unfortunately, there are still some drivers who take the chance of driving after consuming too much alcohol.

Our readers also know the danger of distracted drivers on the roads. As previous posts here have mentioned, distracted drivers are seemingly everywhere these days, thanks to smartphones and the constant distraction they cause for most people. There have even been some reports that statistics are showing an increase in the number of car accidents that are occurring throughout the country, and some experts are pinning the blame on distracted driving.

Semi-truck slams into school bus, leading to injuries

Many of our readers in Texas likely saw the horrific news recently about a motor vehicle collision involving a semi-truck and a school bus. It is the stuff of nightmares for any parent, and it is a miracle that there were no fatalities.

According to the reports, the collision occurred on October 24 during the morning commute. There were 19 children onboard the school bus at the time, as well as the school bus driver. The collision occurred at an intersection, and the reports indicate that there is surveillance video from the incident that may prove conclusive when it comes to determining which driver was at fault.

How to teach your child to become a safe driver

Most teens view getting their license as their first taste of freedom. Parents feel a little differently. Though you may be relieved to not have to drive your child everywhere, the nervousness you feel every time your child gets behind the wheel likely outweighs your sense of relief.

Texas has a graduated license system which helps teen get more driving experience before they are on their own. Even with restrictions on the number of passengers and the use of wireless devices, teens still lack the experience of other drivers. This makes them more likely to engage in dangerous behavior and put themselves at risk for accidents. As a parent, it is important to teach your teen how to behave safely while driving.

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.

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