Daily Archives: May 29, 2019

Families are the most important thing in the world; so, when something as ugly as drugs sneak into the picture, you want to do whatever you can to stop it. Drug addiction can as early as the teen years of a child. In some cases, even earlier. It can be terrifying, but for now, you need to be as calm as possible. 1. Talk to your partner Start off by talking with your partner. This is a problem that should be handled by a family. Communication is key and will become the most important tool you have to combat drugs. Having a long and hard talk with your spouse will help you work together and tackle this problem as partners. 2. Figure out how to talk to your child Now that you have a partner by your side, you need to think about how to talk to your child. Most drug users will likely deny any blame. You need to be prepared for that. While it may be difficult and painful to collect proof, you may need to do this. This might also be something your child will get angry about because you are invading his or her privacy. You will have to decide on how you want to collect the evidence or proceed without it. Whether you have evidence or not, your child will likely retort in anger or retreat into themselves and perhaps stay quiet for the entire discussion. You need to remain calm and not shout at them, you need to make it feel like it is a safe place to share and this will hopefully show them that you are here to help. There are times they will ask you if you never tried drugs before, whatever your answer is, this is not an absolution from […]

My Child Is Doing Drugs, What Now?

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Domestic violence can have devastating effects on children. Batterers often use children to manipulate their partners. While the relationship continues, batterers may threaten to take custody of, kidnap or harm the children if the victim reports the abuse. After a battered woman leaves a relationship, batterers may use child custody disputes, visitation and joint custody arrangements as opportunities to threaten, intimidate, coerce and harm their former partners. From Kendall Segel-Evans, Wife Abuse and Child Custody and Visitation by the Abuser (1989). For a long time, domestic violence was not considered relevant to custody and visitation determinations. As explained in more detail in the Toolkit to End Violence Against Women, created by the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women and the United States Department of Justice’s Violence Against Women Office, available in PDF and text formats, judges making custody determinations “routinely concluded that violence toward the other parent had nothing to do with one’s ability to adequately parent, and most court decisions revealed that judges did not believe that domestic or sexual abuse of one parent by the other fundamentally compromised the interests of the children.” As the Toolkit explains further, because of the ways in which batterers can use child custody and visitation against their former partners, however, advocates argued that the laws governing custody and visitation determinations must account for the power and control dynamics in an abusive relationship. Some jurisdictions now require the judge to consider domestic violence in making a custody award. Others create a presumption against an award of custody to the abusive parent, or prohibit an award of joint custody to an abusive parent. Yet others require the judge to find that the batterer does not pose a threat of harm to the child before awarding that parent visitation rights. Other laws recognize that […]

Domestic Violence: Child Custody and Family Law

My Spouse was Recently Convicted, What Now?
The recent conviction of your spouse affects not just your relationship with each other as a couple, but also your marriage. This may be a difficult time for your family, especially if you have children who may or may not be able to fully understand what is on your plate. But, there are two things that you may choose to do, neither of which is an easy process: keep the marriage or get a divorce decree. Keeping the Marriage There are cases that a setback during the marriage makes the family stronger, with the innocent spouse choosing to stay in the household to fix whatever issue that may arise from the problem at hand, especially familiar matters. The people who choose to fix the marriage usually do it for the minor children, because they are the ones hugely affected by the present crisis. However, if there are no children involved, a deep devotion to the exchange of marriage vows may have reduced the gap that severed the relationship and led the remaining spouse to stay. In your case, you may decide to keep your marriage and wait until your convicted spouse gets pardoned and released from sentence. You do not have to worry too much if you do not have minor children, but if you do have minor children, you should explain to them that the conviction should not define your family and keep going despite of your situation.  However, in other cases, it leads to divorce.  Getting a Divorce In Texas, the court allows divorces based on conviction, which is one of the seven (7) grounds in obtaining a such decree. This is usually called a fault divorce. If you decide to get a decree of divorce, you may choose to hire a divorce lawyer who can offer you […]

My Spouse was Recently Convicted, What Now?

Yes, it is. Hiring a lawyer from Texas is possible, even if the client does not reside in Texas. More than the skills, expertise, and dedication, it is important that you also trust your lawyer. License to practice in another state Generally, a lawyer who is licensed to practice in Texas needs a license to practice in another state, vice versa. Exceptions There are, of course, a few exceptions to this general rule. The court may grant a limited law license to a lawyer from a different state as requested by the client. The second exception where a corporation hires an out-of-state lawyer to represent the corporation as an in-house lawyer. Working with an in-state lawyer In some other cases, the state will permit a lawyer from another state to represent a client for this one case only. It is known as “pro hac vice.”  The lawyer must file a petition before the court allowing him or her to represent the client. The lawyer must also have a valid license from another state. The granting or denying of this petition is up to the sound discretion of the court. Some courts grant may have some conditions imposed. An example of a condition is that an out-of-state lawyer must work with an in-state lawyer. Reciprocity Reciprocity may also be an option for the out-of-state lawyer in that he or she can obtain a license from the state where he or she wishes to represent the client without the need to take the state bar examinations provided that he or she has already practiced law in his or her home state for a certain number of years.  In conclusion, a lawyer from a different state may not have an intensive knowledge with regard to the laws of another state than that of […]

Can I Hire A Texas Lawyer If I Live in Another State?