The Shapiro Law Firm
Get help 24/7
972-468-0716
Experience You Can Count On
View Practice Areas

Dallas, Texas Family Law Blog

Watch out for a spouse who gives away assets

When your spouse asks for a divorce, it may be a good time to take a look at your electronic bank statements. In particular, you want to watch out for any unusual financial activity. It could be that your spouse planned to ask for the divorce for a while and decided to act dishonestly in advance to hide assets.

Giving them away

Can you move or travel with your kids after a Texas divorce?

For most parents, protecting their relationship with their children is the most important issue in a contentious divorce. You want to make sure that you still play an important role in the lives of your children and protect your bond with them. Seeing your children regularly is an important part of protecting that relationship. The same is true for your ex, who will also continue to play a critical role in the lives of the children you created together.

While you may want to do what is best for your children as the custodial parent, you may also desire a fresh start. Many people start looking for ways to change their life after divorce. You might start applying for better jobs or consider going back to school or moving across the country to be closer to your family.

Is peer pressure going to lead to teen crime?

Parents who get a call saying that their child has gotten arrested often express shock and surprise. For an outsider, it's easy enough to wonder how the parents possibly could have been in the dark regarding this behavior or these tendencies. For parents, though, the reality is that outside pressure can massively influence the way teens act, and they really may not see this in their daily life. It can happen at school, at work, during after-school activities or when children go out in the community with their friends.

Peer pressure can and does lead to criminal action. Teens desperately want to fit in. They want to impress their peers. They want to prove themselves. When others pressure them to do illegal activities -- shoplifting, theft, using illegal drugs, etc. -- they often do things they never would have done on their own.

Dealing with false accusations in a child custody battle

Child custody courts always place a priority on looking out for the child's best interests, and for good reason. But some parents who are determined to manipulate the course of justice try to disparage the other parent by making false or exaggerated claims. This can lead to the courts trying to protect a child from a risk that was never there to start with, and, ironically, this can lead to the child missing out on having a bond with both parents.

If the other parent of your child has made false or exaggerated claims against you to try and minimize your visitation rights, it is likely that you are feeling victimized and frustrated. It is important, however, that you take the moral high ground and work toward establishing the truth, rather than trying to gain revenge. It's important that you understand the law and that you know how to take action to gain the custody arrangement that you deserve.

Can I be charged with a DWI after taking legal drugs?

Many people assume that you can only be charged with a DWI if you are under the influence of alcohol, but this is not the case. Drivers have the responsibility to make sure that they do not have any chemicals or drugs in their systems that could affect their ability to operate a vehicle. If you are taking prescription drugs that could cause side effects of drowsiness or fatigue, it is important that you do not drive after taking them.

If you have been accused of driving under the influence of legal drugs in Texas, it is important that you take action to defend yourself effectively. It's also essential that you fully understand how evidence is gathered to convict a person of driving under the influence if you are concerned about this issue.

Challenging the evidence in a Texas impaired driving case

Whether you have allegedly driven while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication, facing an impaired driving charge in Texas doesn't mean a conviction is inevitable. In fact, you should try to do everything you can to avoid entering a guilty plea or getting convicted. Texas has harsh penalties that get worse for repeat impaired driving offenders.

Many people think that there is no successful way to defend against Texas impaired driving charges, but that isn't true. The evidence gathered at the time of arrest could be unreliable because of how law enforcement officers administered the test. It's also possible that the laboratory involved in testing or handling the evidence made a mistake.

Can I dispute a prenuptial agreement during divorce?

Generally speaking, divorcing spouses will divide marital assets according to state laws. In Texas, community property is recognized, which means that divorcing spouses are likely to split their assets roughly 50/50. However, when a prenuptial agreement is enforced, the division of marital assets will not be subject to state law, and will, instead, be divided in accordance with the agreement.

If you are going through a divorce and you have previously signed a prenuptial agreement, you may be worried about what this will mean for your financial future. You may also wonder whether it is possible to challenge the prenuptial agreement. It is important that you prepare yourself by thoroughly understanding the law.

Be safe: Avoid drinking and driving in Texas

Like anywhere in the United States, drinking and driving is frowned on in Texas. When you're over the limit or obviously impaired, you can face harsh penalties following an arrest.

In Texas, someone is hurt or killed approximately every 20 minutes due to crashes involving alcohol. With so much at risk, it is important for people to know how much is too much to be safe to drive.

Peer pressure and teen crime: A concern for parents

Parents often act shocked and surprised when they find out that their teenager committed a crime. They can't believe their child got arrested. Sometimes, they honestly do not believe that the police officers are telling the truth. They think there has to be another explanation.

The reason for this is often that the teen simply acts differently around their parents than they do around their friends. The parents honestly do not know this "other person" that the teenager becomes. And that is problematic when the teen falls in with the wrong crowd and faces peer pressure to break the law.

Can you legally protect your retirement account in a divorce?

For many couples, choosing how to split up assets in a divorce is one of the hardest parts of the process. Each spouse probably has their own opinion about what is reasonable and fair given the circumstances of the marriage. In many cases, neither opinion really lines up with what the law states is appropriate.

Adjusting your expectations to reflect what is reasonable and likely is an important step for those going through divorce. Failing to work with the realities of how the courts divide assets could lead either to wasted time and money litigating unnecessarily or the accidental violation of the law if you try to hide assets.