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Affording child support payments

Most divorced parents living in Texas are committed to supporting their children. Unfortunately, circumstances can arise that make it difficult to afford child support payments. Because federal and state laws treat a failure to make payments very seriously, it's important for noncustodial parents who are financially strapped to understand their options.

Whether a child support agreement is the result of a court order or a direct agreement between parents, it's essential that the parent charged with paying support keep up with obligations. However, numerous circumstances could make it difficult for somebody to fulfill their responsibilities. These circumstances include disabilities, employment changes and having to pay medical expenses.

Texas police detain four in apartment complex raid

Police in Texas detained several individuals after a raid at a Tyler apartment complex in late August 2019. The four individuals detained were brought into custody by Henderson County deputies on drug and weapons charges.

Henderson County narcotics investigators began an investigation after detaining a 53-year-old woman in mid-August. The woman was allegedly found with a quarter-pound of methamphetamine. Bail was posted for the woman and she moved to Tyler. Police then conducted a raid on the apartment complex in Tyler where the woman was staying.

Warning signs that a spouse may be hiding assets

Many Texas residents believe that trust is important for a successful marriage. Marriage parents frequently trust each other with financial assets, which is why it can be difficult for a spouse to imagine that their partner is hiding away money in preparation for divorce.

The stereotype many people have is that of a wealthy husband putting money into offshore accounts so that he does not have to pay as much to his spouse after the divorce. In modern society, the reality is quite different. In many marriages, the wife earns as much, if not more, than her husband. Husbands who may have grown up with the prevailing stereotype of how finances are handled during a divorce could be blind to the fact that the wife is actually hiding away money in preparation for divorce.

Texas prosecutors face hemp law dilemma

The cultivation of industrial hemp in Texas became legal in June 2019 when House Bill 1325 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. Dozens of district and county attorneys reacted to the development by announcing that they would no longer prosecute minor marijuana possession cases. However, these prosecutors were not taking a stand about the moral implications of sending individuals to jail for behavior that is perfectly legal in several other states. Instead, they were saying that they will not pursue cases when guilt cannot be proved beyond any reasonable doubt.

The problem facing prosecutors in Texas is that crime labs in the state are not able to establish how much THC a substance sent for testing contains. This means that there is no way prosecutors can conclusively prove that a marijuana possession defendant was caught with marijuana and not hemp. The Texas Forensics Science Commission is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration to develop such a test, but it will not be available until 2019 at the earliest.

Why you should take your theft charge seriously

If you are facing theft charges, you know that you are in a difficult legal situation, but you may not be aware of how serious your situation may actually be. You know you need to prepare a strong defense, but where should you start? One of the most helpful initial steps you can take is to learn more about the specific types of charges you are up against.

Theft charges can range from a misdemeanor offense with fines to a felony offense with multiple years behind bars. The consequences that may come with a conviction depend on the value of the item stolen, Texas laws and other factors. With the right help, you may be able to effectively confront these charges, protect your future interests and keep a mark off your permanent criminal record.

Famous White-Collar Crime Cases | From Gangsters to Actors and Television Stars

Many people might not even be familiar with what it means to engage in white-collar crime. These crimes are often committed by people or employees involved in fraud, bribery, Ponzi schemes, embezzlement, insider trading, cybercrime, intellectual property infringement, racketeering, and more. Some of these cases, however, have reached the public eye and made it to the forefront of the conversation due to the amount of money and the person involved. If you have been accused of any of these or similar crimes, finding an experienced attorney will ensure that you get the legal counsel and guidance necessary for these complex cases.

Researchers examine leading reasons for divorce

Texas couples who get a divorce might be more likely to do so because they have lost respect for one another or their communication has broken down than because of a behavioral issue like infidelity. This was one of the findings of a study that appeared in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.

The study identified emotional fulfillment as being a key factor in marriage satisfaction, and researchers suggested that expectations of marriage had shifted so that people were more willing to leave a relationship that did not provide that fulfillment. Almost half of the 2,371 study participants said they divorced because there was no love in the marriage. Communication problems were also a significant factor, with 44% citing this as a major reason their marriage ended.

Advocates ask prosecutors to exclude racist police testimony

Criminal justice reform advocates in Texas and across the country are calling on district attorneys and prosecutors' offices to exclude more police from giving testimony in criminal cases. While juries and judges often give great weight to evidence presented by the police, there have been multiple cases of wrongful convictions involving false, inaccurate or deliberately misleading police testimony. In an effort to prevent further wrongful convictions, advocates have written letters to officials across the country urging them to expand the lists that they use to exclude police testimony that may be biased, corrupt or based on lies.

These lists typically involve police with a record of corruption or other misconduct, including those who have been caught lying on the stand or involved in corruption probes in the past. These police may have their testimony impeached by criminal defense attorneys on the basis of their previous lies or corrupt behavior. However, the letters are asking that these lists be expanded to include police with a record of racist or violent rhetoric in public that may point to bias or prejudice.

Social media cautions during divorce

When people in Texas are going through a divorce, they may want to take care with their social media usage. It can be tempting to many individuals to share or even overshare online, but people may find that their path to divorce is eased by protecting their privacy. Social media is a major part of modern life, but it can have a range of effects on a marriage or divorce. Indeed, some people even blame Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for their decision to divorce. While most conflicts over social media reflect other underlying issues, studies show that an increase in social media usage is correlated with an increase in marital dissatisfaction.

Most divorces do not involve a finding of fault. Still, it is important for people who want to get through their divorce negotiation process to ease the path. One way to do this is to tighten social media privacy settings, unfriend the spouse and get more distance from family and friends. Removing or hiding negative posts about one's spouse can help prevent further conflict. This may be particularly important if children are involved because public social media posts can be brought into court.

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