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Don't mess with Texas on DWI charges!

Obviously, no one sets out to get arrested for drunk driving. Yet, approximately every 20 minutes, somewhere in Texas a person gets killed or injured in an alcohol-related collision.

Part of the problem is that consuming even a small amount of alcohol adversely affects judgment. After consuming just a single drink, a person gets impaired to some degree. Multiple factors influence the level of impairment that affects drinkers, including:

  • Body weight
  • Gender
  • Ability to handle alcohol
  • Whether or not the individuals have eaten
  • How much alcohol they consume

Popular marijuana dabs can result in serious felony charges

If you're a marijuana user who also participates in social media or reads marijuana publications like High Times, chances are very good that you've heard of dabs. These increasingly popular marijuana extracts have been around for years, but now they have become the preferred form of marijuana for many regular users.

There are a number of reasons people cite for the popularity of dabs, also called BHO (butane hash oil), wax, glass, shatter and similar nicknames. People enjoy their stronger potency, allowing them to obtain greater effects with less time spent consuming marijuana. These extracts also make it easy for people to use vaporizer pens in public. Finally, many extracts lack the strong, tell-tale sign associated with natural-state marijuana, making it easier to transport or hide. Unfortunately, people in Texas face serious penalties for possessing or using marijuana extracts.

Moving with your child after divorce: Complications

You've gotten a divorce, and you settled your child custody and visitation arrangements with your ex. Everything is going well when you get the call that you've been promoted. Now, the company wants to move you across the country.

You know taking the new job will give you a much higher income and a better ability to provide for your child, but you don't want to give up time with your child. You don't think it's a good idea to leave your child in your ex's primary custody, especially since you fought so hard to get primary custody. What should you do?

Presentation matters: How you need to appear in court

Your children mean everything to you, and you want to make sure you get your fair share of parenting time. While you have a solid case already, you want to do everything you can to make sure the court sees you as a responsible and likable parent.

There are some things you can to do present yourself in court that will help guarantee that you're looked on positively. For example, coming on time is vital to your success and showing that you're responsible. Here are a few other tips for making the best impression in court.

Divorcing in a community property state? Save your assets!

Texas couples whose marriages disintegrate are subject to community property laws. What this means is that all of the assets and gains of the marriage must be divided equally. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't use advice and guidance from legal and financial professionals to ensure that you get what you need to move on in life.

Fighting for custody: Keeping your cool in court

When you have to fight for custody, there's nothing more important in your life. It's stressful and makes you angry, but it's wise to keep your emotions in check. Fighting for custody doesn't have to mean arguing and causing disturbances in court.

When you have a disagreement over custody, your best bet is to take steps to show what kind of parent you are and to make an effort to be respectful of the other parent, the judge and others involved in your case. The way you present yourself matters. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Understanding how courts divide a pension in Texas divorce

For many couples, retirement accounts are substantial assets. In fact, the amount you've saved or invested over your working years for your retirement could be your biggest financial asset, other than your house. After all, you're hoping to live off of those savings or investments for several decades. That means, among other considerations, that your pension and retirement accounts will in all likelihood be split up if you divorce.

You may think that your pension is your own. After all, it's in only your name, in an account created by your employer. However, in a divorce, it won't matter if you were the only one with a pension or if you stayed at home to raise the kids. Both spouses will generally receive a fair share of any retirement funds or pension.

There are many benefits of a prenuptial agreement

As your wedding day closes in, you're sure to have many questions on your mind.

It's only natural to think about the future, including what would happen if you ever divorce your soon-to-be spouse. While you don't expect this to happen, it's a good idea to plan for both the good and bad.

4 tips for creating a viable parenting schedule

Scheduling time with kids is hard. It's hard when you're married, and it can be even tougher when you're divorced or separated.

You have to think about a lot of new elements, such as picking the kids up and dropping them off from school and getting the kids to all of their events and activities. All the while your holding down a job and have other responsibilities as well.

Adjusting parenting time and custody for the school year

Summer is a beautiful time to enjoy bonding with your children. You and your former spouse may have each taken an opportunity to travel with your children at some point. Vacations, holidays and weekend cookouts can all be the basis of great memories for years to come. However, if you're in the process of getting divorced, you may need to look at your parenting plan and visitation schedule to ensure it remains fair.

In most circumstances, courts want to see visitation and shared custody arrangements that facilitate healthy relationships between the children and both parents. With exceptions for situations involving abuse, addiction or neglect, the best interest of the children usually lies in having healthy and positive ongoing relationships with both parents. Working together to create an acceptable parenting plan shows the courts that you are putting the needs of your children first during divorce.

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