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Reasons for a child support modification

You've been paying child support for two years since your divorce. You're still very involved with the kids and, in that light, you're happy to help out. No one likes mailing away money every month, but these are your kids and the money helps give them a better life.

7 suffer personal injury, are hospitalized after rear-end crash

In Texas as well as elsewhere, the initial media reports on a vehicular accident must be viewed with some skepticism. The details of the accident will be more accurately reported by the authorities after at least preliminary investigations are conducted. Reports about the cause of the accident and the degree of personal injury suffered by the participants are always subject to change due to more accurate findings.

Child custody is determined by many relevant factors

The main principle that is usually behind the decision of a Texas family court judge in a child custody case is the broad concept of "best interests of the child." This is not a static determination with preset rules but rather it will vary in each child custody case depending on the circumstances presented. The point of the rule is that the court is not determining child custody to satisfy the demands of the parents, but rather to serve the true needs of the children.

Texas car accidents marked by horrific streak of fatalities

When a death occurs in a Texas vehicular accident, it may be contributing to a remarkable and unwanted streak that haunts the historical annals of the state. The state has gone for 6,210 consecutive days in which there has been a fatal car crash, a streak that authorities are urging Texans to work on snapping. The last day that Texas car accidents did not result in at least one fatality was on Nov. 7, 2000.

Parental addiction may lead to child custody in grandparents

The role of grandparents in child custody matters in Texas has increased steadily with the growth over recent years of the opioid crisis. Nothing can be more crippling to a parent's caregiving skills than addiction to heavy pain killers. It is not a new phenomenon for grandparents to be drawn into a parenting role for their grandchildren, but it is now happening with much more frequency. The phenomenon also results in an increasing number of court cases in which parents are fighting grandparents for child custody.

Thanksgiving driving: Avoid a DUI by skipping Blackout Wednesday

Aptly named for the high number of people who drink more than they should on the day, Blackout Wednesday is the day before Thanksgiving. It's a day when people know they'll be off work the following day, so they let go of their inhibitions and drink more alcohol than they should. It's most commonly young people who participate in this day, which is particularly dangerous since they may be the people traveling home from college or driving to see friends or family.

Actor Lou Diamond Phillips arrested for DWI in Texas town

Some drunk driving arrests in Texas can be marked by unusually belligerent reactions by the suspect. That is why law enforcement officers sometimes include a count for resisting arrest or for some other behavioral violation, such as disorderly conduct. Most arrests for DWI, however, go relatively smoothly and without resistance by the suspect.

Former mistress files paternity lawsuit against Miguel Cabrera

Children born as a result of affairs is not a new occurrence. Some parents in Texas who have children born out of wedlock often turn to family law attorney to seek financial support from the other parent. A woman in another state has filed a paternity lawsuit against Major League Baseball star, Miguel Cabrera, requesting more child support than she currently has been given per month. 

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