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Working out your visitation schedule and making the time count

When going through the divorce process, particularly when children are involved, you may find that you do not get everything you want in the end. For instance, some parents in Texas, instead of getting sole or shared custody of their kids as desired, end up with visitation time. While it may not be the ideal arrangement for you, you can still set up your visitation schedule in a way that works best for you and your children.

Why might I only get visitation time? What does the standard visitation schedule look like? How can I make the time I have count?

Reasonable suspicion and valid grounds for a DUI traffic stop

In Texas, drunk driving charges can bring serious penalties, even for first-time offenders. For this reason, you know it is important to fight the charges against you and pursue a beneficial outcome to your case. One of the first steps in building a strong defense is to look at the initial DWI traffic stop to determine if law enforcement had valid grounds to pull you over.

When a driver exhibits certain behaviors, law enforcement can reasonably suspect that the person is intoxicated. Reasonable suspicion can come after observing any type of erratic or dangerous driving. At this point, a police officer could stop a driver for a brief investigation, which may include field sobriety tests and a chemical test.

Collaborative divorce may help you troubleshoot and solve issues

When you think of divorce, you may find yourself among the numerous other individuals who immediately think of courtroom drama. Now that you are facing your own divorce, you may worry that this type of scenario will soon befall you. However, that does not have to happen. Many divorce options exist that do not immediately involve litigation.

One method of divorce that you may wish to consider involves collaborative law. As the name suggests, this option involves collaboration between various individuals to come to terms that you and the other party may find satisfying. If you feel that you and your soon-to-be ex can still get along well enough to reach terms amicably, you may wish to give collaboration a chance.

Breathalyzers can't tell wine from beer

In Texas and all other states, having a drink with a meal and then driving home does not necessarily mean you are breaking the law. In fact, it is possible that you may have more than one alcoholic beverage and still be within legal limits.

But assuming your BAC will be within the legal limit because you only had one or two drinks may turn out to be a major mistake. And some assumptions (such as white wine has lower alcohol content than dark beer) are often incorrect. It's crucial to remember that a Breathalyzer test cannot differentiate between types of alcohol; it can only detect the presence of alcohol on your breath. Type of alcohol is irrelevant.

Relocating with children after divorce is not easy

After your divorce was finalized, you may have tried to make the best of living in Texas. Certainly, you didn't want to disrupt your children's lives any more than necessary since the divorce had already shaken them. Now, they are beginning to adjust to the custody agreement, but you are struggling.

If you are considering the possibility of moving out of Texas, or even to another part of the state, you should know that relocation is not an easy process. Even if you have full custody and your ex has only visitation rights, the courts will be reluctant to allow you to take the children away from their other parent.

The basics of drunk driving charges in Texas

Texas readers know that the penalties for drunk driving are steep, but you may not understand what a DWI actually means or know what to expect when facing these types of charges. It can be helpful for all drivers facing this type of criminal charge to understand the basics of how drunk driving charges work in Texas. 

From time behind bars to steep fines, various consequences can come with a DWI conviction. No matter your criminal history or the number of previous DWIs on your record, you would be wise to take your case seriously and seek defense help as soon as possible after an arrest.

Concerns for your kids could affect timing of divorce

Going through divorce could cause you to face many challenges. As a parent, you may have even more difficulties to contend with than those without children. Not only will you need to consider what child custody arrangements you feel would best suit the needs of your children, you will likely also need to remain aware of your kids' emotional states during the marriage dissolution process.

Because ending a marriage is a considerable upheaval for everyone involved, it is understandable for you to want to focus on your kids' well-being during this time. You may feel uncertain how to go about achieving this goal, but considering the following tips may help you and your children work through this life change positively.

New law re-opens doors after DUI

Perhaps you diligently avoided a DUI arrest because you knew the consequences. If you saw friends or family members struggle for years to rebound after one drunk driving conviction, you may have determined never to allow that to happen to you.

Nevertheless, here you are. In a moment of carelessness, you got behind the wheel of a car and found yourself at a police station having your blood drawn for a blood alcohol test. You may have many questions about what happens next and how that single moment may affect the rest of your life.

When back-to-school lands you back in court after divorce

As your summer vacation is winding down in Texas, you're probably doing the whole back-to-school shopping thing like most other parents of school-aged children. In fact, your children may already be back in class at their respective school locations. If you divorced over the summer, your current situation may be especially difficult; that is, back-to-school time might be even more challenging than usual. Hopefully, your former spouse is willing to cooperate and compromise whenever necessary to help your kids have a great school year.

You no doubt have thought ahead to what course of action you would take if some aspect of your divorce adversely affected your children's education. Perhaps there's an existing court order regarding custody and visitation that will intertwine with their sports activities or other school events. It's no easy task shuttling kids back and forth between separate households, keeping track of homework, backpacks and other school supplies, and basically just trying to keep the peace between you and their other parent to keep stress levels to a minimum.

Nesting: When home sweet home stays the same for kids of divorce

Like most Texas parents, you want what's best for your children. If your kids are well past their toddler stages, you probably have already noticed how unique each one is, as well as the fact that what choices you make to help one of them reach his or her full potential may not be the same for another. This is because no two situations (and no two children) are exactly the same; so, there's no one-size-fits-all solution to every problem.

When you told your children you were getting divorced, it no doubt had a strong emotional impact on them. Hopefully, you let them know right away that your marital decline was not their fault and that you loved them and wanted to help them adapt to their new lifestyle as best you can. Most child psychologists and other family advocates say children are highly adaptable and typically fare well in major life changes, like divorce, if they continue to have close relationships with both parents.

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