Like many families, you have a dog that is part of the family. You may take the dog on vacation, allow it to sleep in your bed and perhaps even include the dog in your family portraits. If you have no children or your children are grown, the dog may be especially important to you.
Many couples file for divorce in Texas every year. According to research from multiple studies, partners who live together prior to tying the knot are actually more likely to file for divorce than those who wait until marriage to move in together. A recent study examined how the "premarital cohabitation effect" may affect a married couple's odds of divorce in the long term.
Drunk driving is a common cause of car accidents in Texas. In most states, the legal limit for blood alcohol content is .08 percent. Utah is about to become the first state to lower the legal BAC limit to .05 percent.
Arrangements for child support payments in Texas can become more complex if joint custody is part of the equation. But before custody agreements are discussed, decisions have to be made about legal and physical custody as well as parenting time. In every state except Kentucky, negotiations have to take place in order to achieve equal shared parenting that can serve as a starting point for custody. Without joint custody, the non-custodial parent won't be able to do things like make health care decisions for their child or even see their report card.
Texas residents who are going through a divorce will need to learn a new set of tax rules related to being a single filer. For instance, an ex-spouse with children may benefit more from being able to claim the Head of Household (HOH) designation on their tax return. A parent qualifies if they had a dependent living in their home more than 50 percent of the time.
Financially supporting one's children is every parent's responsibility. Divorce does not change that. The court will likely issue a child support order, and one must pay the amount listed in that order on time. What happens, though, if, as the paying or receiving parent, you disagree with the amount awarded in the order of support? Can you fight it?
A Texas man convicted on Sept. 25 of his third drunk driving offense since 2004 decided to let the jury hearing his case determine his fate. This is a decision he is likely to regret. A Galveston County jury could have sentenced the man to 25 years in prison, but they chose to hand down a life sentence instead. The man will become eligible for parole after he has served 15 years of his sentence, according to the Galveston District Attorney's Office.