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Many options for child custody arrangements

Texas parents who are getting a divorce may have a number of options available for a child custody arrangement. This can be an arrangement they agree upon, or it can be a schedule from a judge.

One common schedule used when one parent has custody and the other has visitation rights is for the child to spend alternating weekends with the noncustodial parent. Parents might add in a couple of hours of visitation for the child on a Wednesday night, or this might even become an overnight. Instead of ending on Sunday evening, weekend visits could be extended to Monday so the noncustodial parent takes the child to school.

Man taken into custody for drug and possible theft charge

Police in Texas say that two people were taken into custody at a mechanic shop in Henderson County. This occurred after police searched the business on April 9. A 47-year-old man faces a charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance totaling more than four grams but less than 200 grams. Police said that there was a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the shop that had been reported stolen in 2015.

According to authorities, the man could face additional charges related to the theft. The bike was discovered in addition to what authorities thought to be methamphetamine that was going to be sold. He was being held in Henderson County Jail on a $12,500 bond. Another person was also taken into custody after the search. She was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant in Nueces County.

Things divorced parents should do and avoid

Parents in Texas who get a divorce can do a number of things to help their children through the process and the aftermath. They should make sure their children do not believe the divorce is their fault. They should also encourage the children's relationship with the other parent.

They should keep an eye on their children for any signs of anxiety or depression. In some children, this may manifest as acting out. Parents might want to talk to teachers or their children's friends about how they are doing. They should encourage children to carry on with their lives and give them healthy distractions. It is also important for parents to work out a functional co-parenting plan.

Drug ring busted in Texas

A year-long federal drug investigation into an international drug ring came to a head in North Austin on March 28. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas, 18 people were taken into custody at an auto body shop near North Lamar Boulevard in North Austin. The arrest was made by a broad partnership of state and federal entities including the DEA and the Austin Police Department.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, the drug ring was involved in trafficking cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. In total, 18 people were arrested charged in connection with the smuggling ring that reportedly helped drugs enter the country through Mexico before being distributed throughout the United States.

A DWI charge can have an adverse impact on your future

The Texas Department of Transportation reports that somebody dies or receives injury in an alcohol-related crash every 20 minutes statewide. In light of this, it may not come as a surprise that the state of Texas is strict when it comes to addressing alcohol-related driving offenses.

If authorities have accused you of drinking and driving in Texas, you may understandably feel frightened and worried about how these criminal charges will impact your future. Could you go to jail, and if so, how long? Also, would a conviction for driving while intoxicated, or DWI, ruin your reputation? Here is a look at what Texas law says about driving under the influence in the Lone Star State.

Get the Justice You Deserve - Workplace Discrimination

Dealing with difficult people at work is never easy. This is especially true when you are dealing with a less than stand-up boss. In fact, studies show that people quit because of undesirable bosses and managers more than any other reason. Work conditions can become even harder when a boss or manager is discriminating against employees. What is worse, these kinds of situations can be hard to prove. However, if you feel that you have been discriminated against in the workplace, you can hire an employment lawyer to help you understand your rights and gather the proper evidence.

Federal child support office augments its operations

One of the few federal agencies that has actually improved its operations and processes during the administration of President Donald Trump is the United States Office of Child Support Enforcement. This agency has been actively reaching out to payroll and human resources professionals in Texas so that they are aware of the new measures to improve and streamline the child support enforcement process.

With regard to the reporting of new hires, the OCSE is reminding companies that they should always use a single federal employer identification number when submitting their notifications. One problem that the agency has identified is that some companies use one FEIN in their initial report and a different one in their quarterly report; this issue is more common when the employer has offices and staff members in more than one state.

When a parent infringes on the other parent's custodial rights

Although there are many Texas parents who do everything they can to work together following a divorce, there are some who disrupt the other parent's custody rights. Often referred to as custodial interference, this is a crime that can have serious consequences if a parent is convicted on charges, potentially even including jail time.

When two parents start to begin the divorce process, they usually try to negotiate a child custody agreement. This agreement outlines the custodial rights of both parents and may include where and when the children see each parent. Both parents are required to abide by this agreement; however, there are ways a parent may not follow it. For example, the parent may refuse to hand the children over when the other parent is supposed to have custody of them. If this happens, the parent who is supposed to have custody could report the incident to both the court and law enforcement.

Exonerations continue in Texas after false drug convictions

Texas led the nation in the number of exonerations of criminal defendants in 2017 with 23 people exonerated across the state following the exposure of wrongful criminal convictions. While the number of exonerations dropped across the country in 2017, Texas continued to lead, particularly due to the exoneration of drug defendants in Harris County. Over the previous several years, the county saw a number of criminal exonerations after testing years later showed that the convicted defendants were actually innocent.

A report issued by the National Registry of Exonerations explained the situation in Harris County where a Conviction Integrity Unit was established and began addressing drug convictions in 2014. The unit found that many convictions were based on plea bargains that were obtained despite the fact that the substances seized from the defendants were not actually illegal drugs. While 10 people were exonerated in Harris County in 2017, already a substantial number, 48 had been exonerated of false drug charges in 2016. The shift in the Harris County number following the clearing of high-priority cases played a major role in the national decrease in exonerations from 171 to 139 between 2016 and 2017.

Why a family care plan is so important for Texas military parents

As a service member of the U.S. military in Texas, who also happens to be a parent, you likely already understand how challenging it can be to juggle your military duties with your obligations and responsibilities at home. Nowadays, it's not uncommon for the same units to deploy two or more times, meaning you could wind up being separated from your children for a very long time on active duty.

Especially if you are a single parent, this can cause tremendous stress, which can be lessened if you have a thorough family care plan in place. The specific protocol for creating a family care plan may vary in each branch of the military. However, all plans have similar key elements, designed to provide for children's care and best interests in the event their parents are called away on active duty. There are various support resources available to assist you in executing a family care plan.

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