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How to speak with your kids about divorce

Divorce is rarely easy. For couples in Texas, one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is telling their children the news. While your kids are bound to experience negative emotions about the split, there are steps you can take to deliver the news in a kind and loving manner. That’s why HealthyChildren.org recommends the following advice when talking to your kids about divorce.

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Which drugs are in penalty group one?

It is no secret that Texas law is tough on crime, especially infractions involving controlled substances. Even considering this default hard-line stance, enforcement could border on overzealous when the alleged crimes include possession or delivery of penalty group one substances. If you stood accused of such a crime, it would likely be in your best interest to build the strongest case possible in your defense: the stakes tend to be high in these situations.

If you were convicted of a crime associated with any drug in penalty group one, you would have a felony on your record. Your minimum sentence could range from 180 days to 15 years. These penalties would be for possession with intent to deliver — under a gram to over 400 grams, respectively.

Common adoption myths

Adoption is a complex process. The placing of a child into a home of someone other than the parents puts a huge burden on the State of Texas. If something were to go wrong, it often falls to the state to handle the fallout. Because of this, the state takes its responsibility seriously, which results in a complex process. However, there are some myths about adoption that have led to people avoiding the process, which only hurts the children involved in the end.

According to Adoptive Families, one of the harmful myths that is commonly bantered about is that adoption takes years. This is not true at all. Most adoptions are completed in less than a year. Another issue is that people think only perfect families can adopt. You may think you have to be rich and live in a huge home with a loving spouse. This is also untrue because adoption is about finding a loving family and that is it. As long as you can provide for the child, you do not need to have a lot of money, a big home or even be married.

When taking your medicine leads to DWI charges

Texas law prohibits driving while in a condition of intoxication due to consuming a substance that affects physical or mental function. While you may know you can face charges if you drive after taking illegal drugs or drinking too much, a DWI charge can also involve someone who just took medication according to a valid prescription.

Some types of medications have a reputation for causing side effects that impair driving. These include painkillers, allergy medications, anxiety drugs, antidepressants and hypertension drugs. Both over-the-counter and prescription drugs can lead to impairment and, therefore, DWI charges.

Addressing negative emotions over family law matters

Family law issues can be challenging for all sorts of reasons, from a time-consuming custody dispute to the financial impact of divorce (property division, alimony, and so on). However, the emotional impact of a divorce should not be overlooked, either. There are a wide range of emotions that may arise before, during and after a divorce and it is important for people to address negative emotions properly. From anger to depression and anxiety, these emotions can have a negative impact on one’s divorce case and their life in general.

First of all, it is crucial to prevent these emotions from arising in the first place, if possible. For example, some people may be able to avoid divorce-related stress by knowing all of their options, having confidence and taking the right approach to their divorce. Sometimes, negative emotions such as depression are unavoidable, but it is also vital to prevent these feelings from interfering with a custody dispute or any other divorce-related legal issue. Some people benefit from counseling or picking up a new hobby, for example.

Is it illegal to give prescription drugs to another person?

Since prescription drugs are obtained and used by so many people in Texas every year, it might seem like an innocent gesture to share your prescription medicine with a person who is suffering from an allergy or muscle pain. However, prescription drug distribution is strictly regulated by law. Giving your prescription medication to anyone else may land you in serious legal trouble.

While you may have legally obtained prescription medication from your doctor, that does not mean you can freely give that medicine to anybody you please. According to Findlaw, prescribed drugs can only be consumed by the person the medicine is prescribed to. No one else can take the medicine or possess it, so giving prescribed medication to others can put you in serious legal jeopardy.

Make the most of your visitation time

One of the most difficult tasks we have to perform during the divorce process is to help our clients negotiate child custody agreements and visitation schedules. Texas parents want to spend time with their children, and the fact that our clients at Woodley & Dudley are going through divorces does not change that fact. 

You probably would probably have many conflicting emotions and demands on your attention if you were going through a divorce. We often find that focusing on lasting solutions helps alleviate some of this short-term stress for our clients, especially when it comes to deciding the future of children. 

Parents who serve alcohol share alcohol risks

Texas authorities have charged four people for their part in serving alcohol to a 20-year-old who killed a mother and her infant after drinking at a bar, according to ABC 13 Eyewitness News. It is illegal in Texas to provide alcohol to anyone under age 21. The bartender, as well as the owner, his son and another patron who bought drinks for the woman, have been charged with selling and serving alcohol, or purchasing and providing alcohol, to minors. They all now face fines of several thousand dollars and jail time as well.

If you are a parent who believes children are safer drinking at home than elsewhere, you should know that you still run the risk and responsibility for underage drinkers who harm themselves or others. Texas laws that allow parents to serve their underage children alcohol in their presence also make it clear that those parents share the responsibility for any resulting issues, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

3 things to know about child custody in Texas

If you are going through a divorce and you have children, then child custody is likely to take center stage as part of your divorce negotiations or litigation. Depending on whether your divorce is relatively amicable or hostile, child custody can become a complicated and emotionally fraught situation with high stakes.

Every state has different laws regarding child custody in divorce cases. If you are facing a divorce in Texas, here are a few basic things you should know about child custody in the state.

What Is a Home Study?

Adoption can be a long and arduous process for parents in Texas. The home study is one particularly stressful component that involves assessing prospective parents’ ability to properly raise a child and ensuring that the living conditions are conducive to a healthy and happy lifestyle. Adoption.org offers the following tips to adoptive parents on how to best navigate the process.

What Happens During a Home Study?

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