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How to avoid problems in a post-divorce co-parenting situation

Not every marriage lasts a lifetime. While the overall divorce rate in Texas and across the country has reportedly been declining in recent years, it doesn't guarantee any married couple that their particular relationship will stand the test of time. You may be one of hundreds of other couples who are preparing to end a marriage as a new year unfolds. If so, your children are no doubt your highest priority regarding what you should or should not do during proceedings and once the court finalizes your divorce.

There is definitely no shortage of post-divorce nightmarish stories regarding co-parenting. It's also true that you can't foolproof your interactions with your ex so that you can be certain you will never encounter challenges in your co-parenting lifestyle. However, you can keep several tips in mind to make things go as smoothly as possible. First, know where to seek support if a problem arises.

Is mediation right for us?

There are times when a divorcing couple has little choice but to fight out their differences in court. This could be because there is a history of violence or control over one spouse, the couple has complex assets, or one spouse simply refuses to negotiate. However, in many cases, spouses who decide to divorce are more inclined to choose a gentler path to part ways.

It is not always easy to negotiate every critical decision with a spouse who has betrayed you or when your emotions are still raw. These situations often lead Texas couples to examine the benefits of mediation as a way to resolve their differences and arrive at a civil and dignified end to their marriages.

A serious defense for various white collar crime charges

Criminal charges of any kind are a serious threat to your future and your freedom. Whether you are facing serious felony charges or accusations of misdemeanor criminal activity, it is in your best interests to take quick action to defend yourself and seek a beneficial outcome to your case. This is particularly true if you are facing charges of white collar crime. 

White collar crimes are quite serious, even though they lack an element of violence. Most white collar crime is financially motivated, and these cases can be complex to investigate and prove. If there are already charges pending or you are under investigation, it is to your benefit to start working on your defense strategy as soon as possible.

Seeking temporary orders before your divorce

Whether you have been thinking about divorcing your spouse for months or your spouse recently dropped the bomb on you and asked for a divorce, there are certain actions you would be wise to take sooner rather than later to protect your rights. No matter how amicable you and your spouse intend to make your divorce, the fact is that some issues cannot wait for a settlement or court order.

If you and your spouse cannot arrive at a resolution to these issues, you may want to consider seeking temporary court orders. These orders resolve critical issues quickly so you can focus on your future.

Nighttime driving increases likelihood of car accidents

In just a couple short months, Daylight Saving Time will have you setting your clocks back an hour. Although many people welcome this as a time-honored tradition of fall, it can actually be incredibly dangerous for drivers. The change in time puts more people on the road when it is dark outside, which can lead to an increase in car accidents. 

Although driving in the dark does limit your ability to see at great distances, there are other dangers, too. Drunk drivers, fatigued motorists and those in a hurry to get home from work all come together to create a dangerous driving environment. 

How well you know your spouse may affect your legal status

Marrying a U.S. citizen and building a new life in Texas may have been simultaneously the most wonderful yet challenging time of your life. All newly married couples encounter challenges together, especially within the first couple of years of marriage. Adapting to living as a couple as opposed to the single life can be difficult. You and your spouse have, hopefully, been able to overcome any obstacles that have arisen since your wedding day.  

Marital stress is often external, meaning someone or something outside your home is the source. If the U.S. government recently sent you written notice to appear at a Stokes interview, it is definitely understandable that you might be feeling anxious and afraid. After all, the results of a Stokes interview may affect whether or not you can stay in the United States. You should know several things before your appointment; the first is that you may ask an immigrant advocate to accompany you to the interview. 

ICE agent calls you by name on the street: Should you respond?

After arriving in Texas from another country of origin, you may have faced many challenges as you adapted to your new lifestyle. If you brought family to the U.S. with you, your challenges may have included helping them make friends and also how to cope with a language barrier, as well as learning to navigate roadways and finding your way around town.  

Not every immigrant's transition to life in the United States is easy. If you're one of many who have faced significant obstacles along the way, you should know you're not alone in your struggle. Many difficult situations have a lot to do with legal status. Perhaps your paperwork wasn't in order when you crossed the border; that can definitely intensify your stress. Many people in similar situations say they fear that ICE agents will target them in public and take them away to detainment centers.  

Can divorce mediation work for me?

Divorce, though not an easy process to go through, does not have to be as dramatic as television shows and movies make it seem. Most couples do not need or want to fight things out in court. This is why many divorcing couples in Texas are choosing mediation to approach the dissolution of their marriages.

What is mediation? How do I know if it can work for me? What if I still want to have an attorney?

Tips for remaining safe around 18-wheelers

Sharing the road with big rigs often makes travelers feel uncomfortable. Horror stories abound in relation to accidents involving 18-wheelers that led to devastating and tragic outcomes. Because of the potential for this type of accident, many drivers prefer to get away from these trucks as quickly as possible and continue on their way.

Of course, if you travel long distances or for an extended period of time, you may come across many tractor-trailers on the road. Because you may not have the ability to stay out of the vicinity of every truck, you may want to heed certain precautions that may help you remain safer on the road and in proximity to these behemoth vehicles.

Things to know about supervised visitation

Perhaps you can recall a few incidents where you and your spouse got into some pretty volatile arguments. Maybe you had the best of intentions to simply talk through some problems the two of you were having at the time, and then things unexpectedly escalated into full-blown screaming matches. Doors slammed, you both said unkind words, and you wound up leaving the house and going for a long drive on a Texas highway to try to cool down and to avoid further altercation.  

You certainly wouldn't be the first married person to live through such events. However, if your spouse is using those bad memories against you now that you've decided to divorce, that may be a big problem. If your spouse has made false allegations of abuse against you so the court will order supervised visitation with your children, you have every right to take steps to protect your good name and seek a fair and agreeable parenting arrangement in your divorce.  

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