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Underage alcohol-related charges can bring grown-up penalties

Underage crimes can lead to serious repercussions, no matter the age of the defendant. One of the most common types of juvenile crimes is underage drinking or alcohol-related violations, which could have a significant impact on your future or that of your child. When facing these charges, building a strong defense is imperative.

When a person under the age of 21 is in possession of alcohol, it could lead to various penalties, even if your child was not actually drinking or driving while intoxicated. It is important to take these charges seriously and confront them with a strong defense. Protecting the interests of your child is critical, and you have no time to lose in taking the appropriate measures.

Uber may not reduce crash rates in all cities

According to a study, Uber may play a role in cutting down on drunk driving deaths. However, the effect that Uber may have in reducing these numbers may not be the same in all places. Researchers used crash data from 2013 to 2016 in four cities including San Antonio, Texas. Crash data was then referenced against the availability of Uber in the cities being studied.

In all of the cities, the service had been offered and then rescinded before it was once again available to citizens. It was discovered that crashes involving alcohol were reduced by 60 percent in Portland. However, the rate of collisions caused by alcohol did not drop at all in Reno, Nevada. In some cases, there was no reduction in the crash rate even if there was a reduction in wrecks involving alcohol. Overall, there were 6.3 car accidents on American roadways in 2015, and those crashes resulted in more than 35,000 deaths and 2.4 million injuries.

Tax changes after divorces

When Texas couples are preparing to divorce, it is important for them to understand the changes that will happen with their taxes. They need to anticipate the fact that their financial situation could be significantly different as a result.

After people are divorced, their tax filing statuses will change. They will need to file as single taxpayers or as the head of household if they qualify. The single filing status has a lower standard deduction than the head-of-household status does. People will also likely be in different tax brackets if their former spouses also worked. If people get annulments, they will have to amend their old returns to single-filing statuses because the law will treat their marriages as if they never happened.

65-year-old Texas man sent to prison for pot flight

A man convicted of smuggling 200 pounds of marijuana by airplane received a sentence of three years in federal prison on Sept. 22. Authorities also seized the 65-year-old man's 1969 Piper Comanche and imposed a $5,000 fine.

Law enforcement apparently targeted him after deeming his flight pattern from the West Coast to the Southwest as suspicious. He had refueled his single-engine plane in the desert Southwest and then attempted to land at two small Texas airports. He took off from both locations after seeing law enforcement officers on the ground.

Why divorce rates are higher for bartenders and flight crews

The likelihood of going through a dissolution of marriage is higher for Texas couples employed in the nightlife, travel, entertainment, and aviation industries. According to an extensive data research study published by FlowingData.com, divorce rates are more prevalent across the United States for certain occupations such as bartenders, casino employees and flight attendants.

Before jumping to stereotypical conclusions about the nature of jobs that involve travel and nightlife, it is important to consider other aspects of the longitudinal study, particularly with regard to the financial situations of couples. To this effect, it is easier to understand the data presented insofar as couples who enjoy higher, steady incomes, such as actuaries, physicians, architects and engineers are less likely to get divorced.

Importance of consistency for children after divorce

Divorce is hard on both parents and kids in Texas. When children are forced to adapt to living in two separate households, their lives can be made easier by parents who are willing to communicate and keep some level of consistency and predictability between each household. There are several things parents can do to make this happen.

Communication is the most important factor, according to an online article. Ideally, parents should be able to sit down and discuss the ground rules for each house and how each parent will handle activities, discipline, bedtimes and the like. It is important to prevent direct contradictions between the two households. For example, avoid a situation where one parent allows children to play violent video games and the other strictly bans them from the house. If parents cannot sit down and come to an agreement informally, there are several options to make the process more formal and structured.

What steps may go into a contested divorce?

For you and many other Texas residents, the inability to agree on various issues may have caused your marriage to spiral downward. Over time, you may have come to realize that the best course of action to end the constant disagreement would be to file for divorce. Though this route may allow you to escape the arguments and fighting that became synonymous with your marriage, new issues may arise during the proceedings.

If you did not have the ability to make agreeable decisions during your marriage, a high possibility exists that you and your spouse may not see eye-to-eye on divorce issues either. As a result, you will likely go through a contested divorce that could need time and court proceedings to effectively complete.

Successful parenting with an uncooperative ex

Texas parents who are divorced might face a challenge of co-parenting with an uncooperative, or toxic, ex. They might ask themselves if it is possible to successfully co-parent with that type of ex-spouse. The answer to this is that there are certain things they can do to make the process of co-parenting with a toxic ex easier and smoother.

The first thing that parents must remember is that the priority in this type of relationship is the wellbeing of the children. Focusing on this might help parents better respond and deal with the negative behavior exhibited by their ex. In the same manner, parents should continue to encourage their children's relationship with the other parent after the divorce while resisting the temptation to speak negatively about that parent in front of their children. This is particularly important since hearing one parent speak negatively about the other parent might place children in an uncomfortable position of having to pretend about how they feel about each of their parents.

Ensuring that spousal support is tax deductible

When couples divorce in Texas, courts often order the the higher-earning spouse to pay alimony. While paying spousal support may seem unpleasant, the payments are tax deductible as long as they adhere to the rules set by the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS allows a deduction for alimony only if the payments are set up according to their guidelines. In such cases, the individual receiving support will have to pay income tax on the alimony.

When divorce mediation sessions fail

In recent decades, family court divisions in Texas and across many other jurisdictions have adopted rules and policies that seek to lessen the caseload burden of having too many divorce proceedings on the docket. To this effect, judges often recommend mediation as an alternative to lengthy trials and uncomfortable divorce hearings.

Quite a few divorce trials tend to be unproductive due to the deeply irreconcilable differences between couples who can only agree on living apart from each other. For this reason, mediation is often ordered by family court judges. The idea is not only to lessen the caseload but also to give husband and wife a chance to settle their differences in a legally amicable manner. Unfortunately, mediation will not work for every couple, and this is something that family court divisions are aware of.

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