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Social media responsibility is a must when getting a divorce

Many adults in Texas have social media accounts. They are a great way to keep up with family and friends and let people know what is going on in your life. If not used responsibly, though, they can cause real problems for those going through the divorce process.

What do social media have to do with divorce? Nothing, yet everything. A judge does not care that you have a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account, but the court may care what you post on these sites.

Texas DWI could lead to an interlock device on your vehicle

You may be one of many Texas residents who have made decisions in life that you later regretted. Perhaps you know what it's like to get in an argument with your spouse or a friend and say things you later think you should have kept to yourself. Maybe you have made purchases that you later decided weren't worth their costs.  

Any number of life situations may place you in a position of having to make an on-the-spot decision, which also leaves you at risk for poor judgment and potential negative consequences. For instance, let's say you get together with friends, have a couple drinks that happen to contain alcohol and then drive yourself home. You may wind up facing DWI charges and possibly having to install an interlock ignition device in your car.  

Do I need an attorney for my custody issues?

It may be your hope to complete your divorce with as little outside interference as possible. In fact, if you and your spouse are able to reach agreeable terms on the most critical issues, you may be able to do just that. However, as important as matters of property division and spousal support may be, the issues related to child custody may be too delicate to handle on your own.

The stakes are very high when it comes to child custody orders or agreements. The final decisions approved by the court may be the ones you and your children live by for years. While it is possible that you and your spouse can arrive at a fair arrangement that is in the best interests of your children, there are certain circumstances in which having the counsel of a legal professional may prove invaluable.

Let's talk about Miranda rules re your firearms-related arrest

If there's another topic besides immigration that tends to incite political and personal debate throughout Texas and the nation, it's the Second Amendment. You may be the proud owner of several types of firearms and staunchly support all legislation that protects your right to bear arms. You also understand that people have the right to their opinions, which may not always coincide with yours.  

There's a big difference between matters of opinion and violation of personal rights, however. It's critical that you understand your rights, as well as the laws pertaining to Miranda rules in case you wind up facing arrest on a gun-related issue. It's also a good idea to research legal support resources in your area ahead of time so you know how to quickly access assistance if needed.  

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.

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