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One state sets legal precedent in custody relocation case

Texas parents who go through a divorce are often faced with a number of serious decisions when it comes to sharing parenting duties. For some, a drastic change in financial circumstances creates an additional burden of stress, as does the need for custodial parents to find safe and affordable child care. Those tensions often lead a parent to seek an out-of-state move. That is not a simple or easy matter, however, when the other parent wishes to block such a relocation.

Actress is embroiled in bitter battle for child custody rights

In Texas and nationwide, societal and legal norms are changing, and it is now somewhat less likely that a mother will be awarded full physical custody of the children in a divorce case, even if those children are still in their infancy. In the past, the "tender years" doctrine applied to give mothers an edge for child custody with respect to very young children. The aggressive lobbying efforts of fathers in recent decades, along with evolving sociological studies, have brought both parents into more equal footing in such matters.

Determining how to rectify a problematic child custody situation

Many Texas couples will be among others throughout the nation who file for divorce this year. The factors that prompt such decisions vary with each situation. Some people simply say they've grown apart from their spouses, while others may be reacting to a sudden, unexpected incident (such as marital infidelity). The divorce process is seldom easy; in fact, for those who are parents, it may be especially challenging. It's important to know where to turn for help if problems arise concerning child custody, visitation or other aspects of a new parenting plan.

What to do when you face a second or subsequent DWI in Texas

A first DUI offense typically gives you some leeway in how you're charged and the penalties you face, but if you've found you're facing a second or third, the court will become more strict with you. Fortunately, you still have the right to a strong defense to help make sure you receive fair treatment. Your attorney may talk to you about potential defenses and will work to help you avoid penalties if possible. Here are some things you should consider when you're facing a second or third DUI.

Teen's death adds to the toll of tragic car accidents in Texas

The reports of tragic deaths of high school students in vehicular accidents seem to never subside, including in Texas. The portrayal of the lives and bright futures lost is devastating to the families and friends of the victims in such car accidents. The most recent heartbreaking story is about the death of a 17-year-old girl on a rainy road in Arlington on March 5.

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