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Do you know the many reasons to consider divorce mediation?

If there comes a point when you have no choice but to move forward with the divorce process, you need to think long and hard about what's to come.

As long as the other individual is okay with the approach, you'll want to give divorce mediation a try. There is no guarantee that you will work through all your differences and come to a final agreement, but most agree that it's a better approach than heading directly for litigation.

What to expect during the divorce process

If you have never gone through a divorce in the past, there is no real way of knowing what to expect as the process moves forward. Of course, there are things you can do to prepare for anything that could come your way.

Above all else, you need to understand the many issues that could require your attention during the divorce process. These include but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Property division

Driver gets 12 years for crash killing veteran on Veterans Day

On Veterans Day in 2015, a man was driving the wrong direction on I-35. Coming toward him was a Army veteran who had twice gone to Afghanistan to serve his country. He was riding a motorcycle.

The wrong-way driver slammed into the motorcycle and killed the 24-year-old vet.

What should you include in a parenting agreement?

There is nothing worse than the thought of a child custody dispute. Not only can this impact you, but it can do the same to your child.

Fortunately, it's possible for you and the other parent to work through all your issues. It may not be easy, but if both of you are willing to compromise it's possible to agree on a plan that suits both individuals.

New rules needed for forensic evidence to keep trials fair

A study by various legal experts indicates that our nation's courtrooms need a big overhaul. More specifically, there need to be stronger standards in place to keep wrongful convictions at bay.

Right now, there's too much of a reliance on forensic evidence that's questionable (at best) or deeply flawed. The problem, say the authors of the study, is that shoddy forensic evidence, erratic collection methods and generally inconsistent rules about how forensic evidence is evaluated all create a culture in the courtroom where forensics rule, prosecutors have an automatic advantage and nobody questions the source material that's putting people behind bars.

Abuse of a spouse is indirect child abuse

Spousal abuse isn't just a problem that affects the couple. It affects the entire family.

Unfortunately, the way the court system works, domestic violence against a spouse isn't the same as domestic violence against a child -- even though the child may have witnessed the abuse and learned to live in fear of the abuser.

Looters be warned: Texas is watching!

It's no secret that Houston and its surrounding areas are struggling to recover from massive flooding -- and the police have also made it extremely clear that looting is something they will not tolerate during this period of recovery.

In fact, any looters caught while the city attempts to restore itself (or those arrested afterward once there's been time for homeowners and store owners to return, assess the damage and review the video from their security cameras) can expect to be treated as harshly as possible under the law.

Can you be prosecuted for rescuing an animal in danger in Texas?

Every natural disaster brings out the best and the worst of people. In some cases, the worst rumors start getting circulated -- and mistaken for the truth.

Lately, there's been rumors swirling around the internet in relation to the storm damage in Texas. The rumors revived an old myth that people could be prosecuted -- with hefty fines and prison terms -- for rescuing an animal that doesn't belong to them if that animal is in danger unless it meets certain criteria.

Drunk driving is taken very seriously in Texas

Drunk driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol, is a serious issue -- but not every state treats offenders the same.

For those who live in states like Ohio, a first-time or second-time offender may be relieved to find out that the potential penalties are relatively light -- a mere slap on the wrist compared to offenders in Arizona (who are likely to have handcuffs slapped on their wrists instead).

The dangers of do-it-yourself divorce

We all know someone who has been through a divorce. When they talk about what happened in their case, they mention that they were able to work everything out with their spouse and move things forward without having an attorney at their side. They tell you that you can handle your divorce on your own, because they were able to have a positive experience.

Thinking that your divorce will be exactly like your friend's is a huge mistake. Think about their situation for a moment, and how different their life is from yours. Do they have kids? Do they own a business? Do they have retirement accounts or other high-value assets that are subject to the divorce? 

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