Child Abuse


child sex abuse
Things that have to do with any kind of abuse are hard to deal with, most especially sexual abuse. Things only get harder if you find out that the abuser is your spouse and that the victim is your child. But as much as it might sound like a situation that’s hard to accept, these things do happen. And if you happen to find out that your spouse happens to be one of those people, thinking of a course of action might just be difficult for you and your child. If you do find yourself in this situation and want to learn more about what you can do, read on. Focus on Your Child With so much going on in a situation like this, the first thing that you’re going to have to focus on would be on your child. You’re going to have to start taking steps to help make sure that you get your child out of situations that might put them in danger. Whether it be taking your child out of your home first and moving them to a relative’s home or keeping constant watch over your child, you’re going to have to make sure that they feel safe, especially around you. You should also talk to them and find out how you can help them through it. Consider their feelings and help them know that what they feel is valid. If you need help with that, maybe have a therapist talk to them to help them process their thoughts and emotions. File a Case Immediately In the United States, all states, such as the state of Texas, recognize that sexual abuse is a crime. If you find out that your spouse has been sexually abusing your child, you will have to report it as soon as […]

Discovering Your Child Suffered Sex Abuse from Your Spouse


alcohol abuse divorce
There are many factors that would cover a valid excuse to enter into a divorce. One of the most common issues is alcoholism. In any relationship, even if it is not romantic, when alcohol abuse comes into play, it will really lead to many other detrimental concerns. Alcoholism: A common cause for Divorce Many of the lawyers specializing in Divorce acknowledge that when one of the spouses have the tendency to succumb into alcohol addiction, the other spouse is the one who seeks help to end the marriage. This is mostly done because the other spouse is also after the protection of his or her life, and the lives of the children involved in the family. When a family gets into this kind of issue, there are several notable instances that the abusive spouse might get violent in the process. It is most important to always be cautious of the environment, and to get a good lawyer who is experienced so that the lives of the other members of the family are protected as much as possible. When substance or alcohol abuse is involved in the case, the court delves deeper into the details into the whole issue and makes a constant effort to arrive at the best resolution. No-Fault Divorce in Texas In the state of Texas, the law acknowledges no-fault divorce. This means that a couple can file a divorce even without any fault from any of the spouses. But even though this is strongly supported by the court, it is also highly recommended by lawyers that the spouse who was a victim of the abuser should file the divorce on the count of physical abuse, emotional abuse, or cruelty. These may also be considered as valid grounds especially when the spouse is an alcohol abuser. Custody of the […]

My Spouse is an Alcoholic, What Now?



child discipline
How you choose to raise your child will have a big impact on the kind of person they’ll become as they grow up. That is why you need to be careful with how you choose to act towards them, especially during the years leading up to their adolescence. The way you discipline them is especially important because this can either help mold them into better or worse people, believe it or not. That’s why you need to know how to discipline them properly. What TexProtects Says TexProtects, an organization in Texas focused on the protection of children, believes that any verbal or physical punishments that may cause a child trauma has no place in disciplining a child. Contrary to what some people may think, any harmful verbal or physical disciplinary action is done on a child does more harm than good. A continuously growing body of knowledge backs this up. Doing anything that may cause your childhood trauma when disciplining them will only affect them negatively as they continue to grow. Talk to Your Children The best way to discipline your children is to talk to them about what is wrong and what is right. You may think that they might not understand you because they are still children, but they will if you really just try to talk to them about it. Hurting your child because they did something wrong won’t make much sense to them compared to reprimanding your child by telling them what they did wrong and why it was wrong. Make them know that behavior like that won’t be tolerated and will merit punishment. Be Firm, But Reasonable When it comes to punishments, make sure that what they get is proportionate to what they did. Of course, any verbal or physically harmful consequences are out of […]

How to Properly Discipline a Child According to TexProtects


parental rights termination
Divorce hearings are complicated. Exchanges can lead to some unpleasant revelations. Some divorces, however, arise from a mutual agreement that the marriage is not working out. These cases are usually concerned with ironing out details.  However, there are cases where one party hurls a serious accusation towards the other party. These cases can lead to serious disputes with tough consequences like the termination of parental rights.  Negligence or Abandonment The main cause of terminating parental rights fall under the category of neglect and abandonment. The court has to find clear and compelling evidence that the parent in question has voluntarily abandoned the child.  There are conditions governing this situation. If the parent left the child without intent to return, the court will terminate parental rights. The same will apply if the parent left the child for 3 months without child support. However, If the child is left to the other parent, there is no negligence or abandonment. The rule only applies if the child is left with someone other than a parent. The court could also take action if the parent leaves the child in danger. This would lead the court to question the parent’s judgment. Abuse or Criminal Behavior The following crimes lead to the termination of parental rights: Serious Injury inflicted on a Minor Manslaughter Murder Assault, Physical or Sexual Indecency with a Child Trafficking or Prostitution Promoting or Possessing Child Pornography Inadequate Evidence The state of Texas respects the parental rights of the child and this is why they have to establish the parameters of terminating these rights.  There are many cases wherein termination is being petitioned due to failure to provide child support. The court does not consider this in itself as a reason unless it is under the prevailing conditions stated above.  The court requires evidence […]

Terminating Parental Rights in Texas



A Quick Guide to Divorce
  Texas Divorce Overview   Everyone іѕ fаmіlіаr wіth the wоrd dіvоrсе but dоеѕ not know thе technicalities about it. It is іmроrtаnt thаt wе should bе able tо knоw things about dіvоrсе аnd whаt are thе thіngѕ thаt wе ѕhоuld соnѕіdеr about when people аrоund us or ѕресіfісаllу uѕ іnѕtеаd are planning tо еngаgе into thіѕ kіnd оf situation. Yоu ѕhоuld fіrѕt know whаt rеаllу dіvоrсе іѕ tо have a dеереr perception about this dіѕеаѕе іn thе community that іѕ not only ruіnіng thе lives оf the husband and wіfе but аlѕо thе реорlе thаt аrе іnvоlvеd in thе marriage, tоо. Aссоrdіng tо Wikipedia, “Dіvоrсе (оr the dіѕѕоlutіоn оf mаrrіаgе) іѕ the fіnаl termination of a mаrіtаl union, саnсеllіng the lеgаl dutіеѕ аnd responsibilities оf mаrrіаgе аnd dissolving the bonds оf mаtrіmоnу bеtwееn thе раrtіеѕ.” It is іmроrtаnt that we ѕhоuld bе able tо know thаt dіvоrсе іѕ not just mеrе breaking up but also hаvіng a permanent separation with the person thаt уоu have married. A divorce fоllоwѕ a ѕеt of court hеаrіng іn which they would dіѕсuѕѕ all thе thіngѕ thаt a mаrrіаgе controls, from thе kids to the fіnаnсеѕ would bе a ѕubjесt mаttеr in a divorce. Yоu ѕее, іt wоuld rеаllу bесоmе ѕо complicated for you and уоur fаmіlу tо ѕіnk іn to this “solution”, if іt іѕ a ѕоlutіоn аftеr all or mау trigger to ruin аll the реrѕоn’ѕ lіvеѕ thаt аrе іnvоlvеd in the ѕіtuаtіоn.   Whаt аrе thе common grоundѕ fоr having a dіvоrсе?   First of аll, іt would bе hаvіng аn extra mаrіtаl аffаіr. Thіѕ іѕ very соmmоn because аlmоѕt 1/4 оf a 100 оf those who dіvоrсе thеіr ѕроuѕеѕ hаvе this рrоblеm аnd they cannot take anymore whаt іѕ hарреnіng so thеу decide to have thеіr marriage divorced. Second […]

Texas Divorce Overview


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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



drug addiction
Drug addiction in any way is not beneficial to anybody. It is even more detrimental when more people become affected by just one person’s drug addiction. One of the many examples of being affected by drug addiction is in the family. When Drug Addiction or Substance Abuse is in the picture, it is very dangerous for a family to easily be broken physically, emotionally and spiritually. Substance Abuse is very dangerous and can have a lot of negative impacts on the lives of the spouses and the children. This may lead to a very complicated life, and may lead for the children to take after their abusive mother or father. These kinds of cases should not be taken lightly as there are other factors that need to be considered in order to avoid further damage to other lives. Deprivation of Custody In the state of Texas, the Family Code states that the one important part of the family that must be protected at all times are the children and their rights as citizens of the United States. The Family Code values the children and in the eyes of the law, the children must always be under the protection of those who are fit enough to provide for them and their basic needs. A custody issue can arise from a Drug Addiction problem. The Judge will have to decide on the basis of the best interest of the child taking into consideration the needs of the child and the means and capability of the parents to provide for those needs. This will include the provision of food, shelter, clothing and the safest environment for them to live in. In this sense, the judge has the power to take away custody from one parent and award it to the other parent or […]

My Spouse has a Drug Addiction, What Now?


addict parent
Divorce is often a tragedy that a family has to cope with. It presents a challenge for all the parties involved. However, there are situations where the degree of difficulty is drastically increased. One such situation is if your ex-spouse is an addict. When the ex-spouse is addicted to something, the divorce may be seen as a relief. However, if there are kids involved, one has no choice but to share parenting responsibilities with the ex-spouse. This situation can present some complications, some of which are enumerated below. The Addicted Parent has Trouble with Committing to Schedules By its definition, an addict has become dependent and is unable to function normally without the fixation. As a co-parent, addicts often fail to keep a commitment even if it were mutually agreed upon by both parties. In a divorce setting, this could result in conflict or even legal implications. Custody is a legal matter and the judges impose that the schedules be followed to the letter. The Child may be Exposed to Harmful Substances As with addicts, they are likely to use harmful or toxic substances. Without the contentions of the other parent the addict co-parent may leave their drugs or even the paraphernalia in the household premises, within reach of the child. Regardless of the child’s age, this is never a good thing. Addicts are more Prone to Negligence If the child is dependent on a parent who is, in turn, dependent on something else, his needs may not be the first priority of the addicted co-parent. Thus, there would be times when the addicted parent would neglect the child’s meals or, in some cases, prescribed medication. How to Cope with an Addict Co-Parent There are necessary steps that a parent needs to undertake in order to cope with this challenging […]

Co-Parenting with an Addict Ex-Spouse