Child Custody in Texas

Divorce is never pretty, but when children are involved the process can get downright nasty.  While possessions are split half and half between the two partners, a child or children cannot be divided. Many times, one parent will retain full custody of the child while the other parent only has visitation rights. Even when two children are split up between the parents, this has a significant emotional toll on the siblings, and generally, access to the other child becomes limited. In Texas, fathers are fighting for equal custody rights, so they have a more level playing field in family court.

According to this article from the Dallas area, back in February, fathers were lobbying support for Texas House Bill 453, which would put mothers and parents on an equal playing field when it comes to child custody. Currently, unless a custody agreement is reached beforehand by the soon-to-be-ex couple, mothers are heavily favored in custody battles. One man in the article claims to have spent nearly $80,000 trying to see his young son from his first marriage more often. This kind of legislation would not be new, as the article states that at least five other states have already passed similar laws. This law would also not address child support issues, so the courts would still be left to themselves to decide what sort of support should be given. However, there are drawbacks. Marilea Lewis, A Texas judge for 24 years, claims that the legislation will prevent judges from making proper decisions. Also, the bill does not claim what shared custody means. Does it mean that a parent will have a child every other week, every other month, or some other form shared custody? A similar bill that would mandate equal custody died in the last session of the Texas legislature in 2015.

The fight over custody can be a long and bitter battle that also emotionally affects the children involved. While it does seem that courts tend to favor mothers for primary custody, what this law would do would be to take power away from the judges who make decisions based on a variety of different factors, namely what would be best for the children. The argument could be made that a mandate of this type could reduce court costs for the parents since a drawn out legal battle over custody could be avoided, and the need for the services attorneys like The Woodlands child custody and visitation attorneys could be reduced, but the goal is to help the children before the parents.

When it comes to children in divorce cases, an incredibly nuanced approach should be taken. Every child is different, and every divorce is different as well. When a judge decides on behalf of a child, some parents may perceive the decision as unfair. Ultimately, making sure the child comes out of the divorce unscathed should be the absolute highest priority for both the parents and the government. It is important for all parties involved to think about the best interests of the child at all times.

 


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If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, the first dentalcare option you have in mind is braces. But the thing about braces is that they are often unattractive, uncomfortable, and just outright inconvenient especially when it comes to cleaning your teeth and gums and eating.

But there is an alternative to traditional braces – Invisalign, a clear and removable aligner. Here are some of its advantages over braces.

Appearance

A natural look will always be better than an artificial one. With Invisalign, a patient can achieve this illusion that he is not wearing aligners at all, because the aligners are clear. You cannot say the same thing for braces. These metal aligners are so unattractive that they can make a patient’s mouth too artificial and problematic.

Comfort

Teeth alignment is a long process, so if given a choice, a patient will rather choose a comfortable experience over an uncomfortable one. Invisalign is not just natural looking because of its clearness, as it is also comfortable because of the fact that it is removable.

Knowledge

According to the website of the Great Neck Invisalign dentists at Passes Dental Care, there is already a way to simulate what a patient’s smile will look like after the Invisalign treatment, making the experience much more targeted. On the other hand, traditional braces are not complemented by advancing dental technologies. They are still just metal pieces and wires that rely on trial and error.

Safety

In any kind of treatment method, not just in the oral department, safety is the top priority. Again, Invisalign tops traditional braces in this aspect. The metal pieces and wires of traditional braces can cause irritation to the gums and teeth, and on worse instances, they may even cut or puncture the patient’s mouth. The fact that Invisalign is made of clear and smooth plastic completely eliminates these threats.


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There are very good reasons why federal and state governments strictly implement traffic safety rules, and catch and heavily punish offenders. These reasons include: the more than five million car crashes on roads and highways every year; the more than two million injuries these result to; and and the more than 30,000 deaths.

The chairman of the International Organization for Road Accident Prevention said that road danger is nothing more than a man-made crisis; a result of bad driving behavior which often leads to human error – the cause of more than 90% of car accidents in any part of the world.

One hurting truth about car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is the fact that majority of these are results of negligence or recklessness, making these totally preventable incidences. In fact, driver negligence accounts for a staggering 81% of all car crashes.

Though car crashes are sudden and short-lasting, their effects can be a lifetime of trauma and suffering for victims and their families. According to Providence car accident lawyers, the possible types of car crash injuries are many, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Neck and back injuries, including sprains, strains, and
  • herniated discs
  • Burn injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Torn ligaments
  • Facial injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Internal bleeding
  • Lacerations
  • Psychological damage: anxiety, phobias, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
  • Chronic pain: or,
  • Death

The 2008 National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), a study conducted by the NHTSA, identified driver error as the major cause of car accidents from 2005 to 2007. The most commonly reported types of driver error, include: impaired or drunk driving; overspeeding; reckless driving; not stopping at intersections and stop signs; making improper lane changes; improper overtaking; not using signals before making turns; tailgating (especially a truck); texting or conversing with someone over the phone; and driving distractions or doing something that will take away one’s focus on the road.

Causing someone injuries, whether mild, serious or fatal, makes a person at fault liable for all the consequences such injuries will lead to. Compensating a victim does not only mean paying his/her medical treatment and hospital bills, but also replacing his/her lost wages and paying for his/her pain and suffering. In the event of death, however, the at fault may have to pay other damages, such as lost earnings and earning potential, expenses for household services the deceased can no longer perform, loss of affection, companionship, or marital consortium, and funeral expenses, among others.


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Any kind of unexpected illness or injury which renders you unable to work can lead to financial trouble for you and your family unless you have some source of cash that would replace even a certain percentage of your monthly work pay.

It is important that employees know the benefits package their employer has for them because these benefits will play a major role once any of them suffers an injury or illness that would render him/her unable to work for weeks, months or even years. Besides the Workers’ Compensation Insurance benefits, which states require of employers, other items in this package may include short and/or long term disability policy/ies.

Short term disability insurance, which is available only through your employer, provides coverage, but only for a limited amount of time (usually 30 to 120 days or one to four months; there may be policies, however, that indicate payment of benefits up to a year). There is also an elimination period or waiting period before you can start receiving your benefits, usually up to 14 days.

A short term disability policy indicates the maximum coverage amount you are entitled to receive and you will receive this amount until you recover or until you exceed the policy’s maximum coverage amount or specified time limit. This policy, by the way, pays out benefits for reasons which include a qualified disabling injury or a lingering illness or pregnancy and recovery from childbirth.

There are two things that can have major effects on your short-term disability benefits:

  • Your employment. The termination of your employment means the end of your coverage. This is because you cannot convert your short-term disability plan to an individual plan.
  • Amount of benefit. Benefits or income from other sources will reduce the amount of your short-term disability benefit. Three among these various sources include: Social Security retirement benefits; Social Security disability benefits; and, Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Currently, there are five states where employers are required to provide short-term disability insurance (SDI) benefits to their employees: California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island (rules on eligibility vary between states).

As explained in the website of the Hankey Law Office, if you suffer from disability while employed, you may be able to claim short term disability benefits provided by your employer. This will pay a percentage of your salary if you are unable to continue working. To find out if you are covered under a short term disability policy, you should speak with your firm’s human resource department. The human resource employee should be able to provide you with the application for short and long term disability insurance. You can file for claim as soon as your doctor tells you that your disability will last as long as the elimination period.


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The best way to protect your car during accidents is by purchasing a collision insurance policy. If ever your car gets damaged, this policy will provide you with the cash you need to afford repairs and buy replacement parts. If the accident is your fault, however, and you happen to injure someone, then the policy you need to carry is car liability insurance.

Collision insurance, which you may or may not purchase, is meant to protect your car; car liability insurance, however, which is meant to protect an innocent accident victim, you will need to have as it is mandated in all U.S. states, except in New Hampshire.

The car insurance law was first made compulsory by the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut in 1925. It was made compulsory to make sure that drivers, who caused accidents and injured people, did not default in paying their victims the compensation that they deserved. Today, when talking about car liability insurance, states require either the “tort” or fault insurance policy, or the “no-fault” insurance coverage.

The type of car insurance coverage that drivers will need to purchase depends on what is recognized in the state where they reside. In the 38 “tort” states, tort liability insurance is the coverage required; in the 12 no-fault states, what drivers need to carry is the no-fault car insurance.

In tort states, an accident victim is allowed to file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver for damages, which include cost of medical treatment and hospitalization, lost wages, pain and suffering. This is usually the case if the compensation paid to the victim by the at-fault driver’s insurance provider is below the amount to cover all damages. In “no-fault” states, though, compensation is paid by the respective insurance providers of the drivers involved in an accident – this is regardless of whose fault the accident was. No-fault insurance is required in Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Utah (in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky, drivers have the option to carry either no-fault car insurance or tort car insurance).

Not all those who drive, however, carry car liability insurance due to the high cost of insurance premiums. According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, an accident law firm, drivers can go online where they can browse insurance quotes and compare the best polices that will fall within their budget. Independent car insurance companies believe that drivers should not be made to pay an insurance premium that is much more that what they need to pay. Through these online quotes, they will be able to find the best and cheapest policy no matter what their driving history is.


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