Although we hear about the dangers of talking on our cellphone while driving in the news all the time, it's actually not the most dangerous activity we engage in on the roadways. Instead, a recent study, published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), suggests that talking to our passengers is at least 45 percent more dangerous than conversing with someone by … [Read more...] about What’s More Dangerous: Talking on Your Cell or With Passengers?
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When a couple first starts talking about separating, if they have kids, it's common for them to worry about how the dissolution of their relationship is going to impact them. How easy this process is for your children will depend on how diligently you, as a parent, work to make this transition as seamless for them as possible. Perhaps one of the most important things you and your ex can do to … [Read more...] about How to reduce the impact of the divorce on your children
If you chose mediation as the path to divorce, you are probably somewhat nervous as you go into your first session. You do not know how your spouse is going to behave, for one thing, and you only hope you can carry this meeting off with dignity and a calm, sensible approach to the situation. A certain amount of anxiety is normal, but your mediator will make every effort to maintain a civil, … [Read more...] about Come prepared for your first divorce mediation session
A chain-reaction car crash claimed three lives along Beltway 8 at around 10:10 p.m. on Friday, July 21. Among those who died in the seven-car pile up, there was a Houston father and his two kids, a son, age 6, and daughter, age 4. The man was driving his children in their silver Chevy along the 8 Beltway in the westbound direction as he approached an area of slowed traffic near the highway's … [Read more...] about A Father and Hs 2 Children Are Killed On Houston’s 8 Beltway
If you're either a current or retired federal employee considering leaving your spouse, then you might wonder what becomes of your Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) if you divorce. Fortunately, the federal government has a clear plan when it comes to what happens with benefits at each stage including separation, annulment and divorce. When it comes to couples that have filed for a legal … [Read more...] about What Happens with Federal Benefits When You Separate or Divorce?
According to data published by the federal government, at least 6 percent of all American adults have a felony convictions on their records. This equates to one out of every 15 adults having a criminal record in the United States. While state laws can vary, it's commonplace for a parent to be able to retain custody of his or her child even after he or she is convicted of a felony. There are just a … [Read more...] about Custody Cases Involving Parents with Felony Convictions
Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) reports that two friends, a 23-year-old Katy woman and a 24-year-old Houston man, lost their lives when they were struck by a tractor-trailer in Childress on Monday, July 3, 2017. The woman and man had been returning from a trip to Colorado Springs over the weekend when the big rig ran into the rear of the Ford Focus they had been riding in. Family and … [Read more...] about 2 Houston Friends Are Struck, Killed on U.S. 287 in Childress
There are two primary methods to reach a settlement in a divorce case. Couples can either mediate or litigate a resolution to their case. Divorcing couples who decide to hire a mediator to help them broker a divorce settlement do so because they want to reach a fair settlement in their case in the quickest, least contentious way. If you have kids or a business that you share ownership rights in, … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Using a Mediator to Resolve Your Divorce Case
Parents beginning the divorce process often have questions about the rules governing custody decisions. You may have heard advice and anecdotes from your friends and family that you feel unsure about believing. Learning some basics can help you achieve a better understanding of what to expect as you move forward. The underlying principle governing Texas courts' approach to custody issues is the … [Read more...] about How Child Custody Works in Texas
A National Center for Health Statistics study suggests that divorce rates are highest in Texas and throughout the southern part of the United States than any other region of the country. The researchers also found that this population experiences much longer second marriages than any other. They argue that the latter trend can be attributed to the fact that people remarry much more quickly in this … [Read more...] about Why Texans are experiencing an uptick in divorce rates