What the Courts Look for When Deciding Custody

In an ideal world, there would be a way for divorcing parents to divide up custody evenly, with time split between both homes. The kids would have stable relationships and wouldn’t have to move. At the same time, all important decisions would be worked out with the parents without old disagreements and emotional injuries getting involved, allowing both parents to be on the same page and the kid to always be put first.

That would be ideal, but we don’t live in that world. Divorces are messy, and a large part of why they’re messy is because of custody. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that both parents want primary custody of the kids, and only one of them can actually get it. Someone has to be disappointed and will have to work all that much harder to maintain their strong relationship with their kids.

It’s important to know upfront, as you go into a divorce, what the likelihood is that you will get primary custody. Knowing the difficulties you face to get primary or sole custody can allow you to either develop the best legal strategies to get that custody or else adjust your expectations and focus on how to get the most time with your kids.

So, what are the courts looking at when they determine custody? Alexander & Associates lay out a number of questions the judge will ask that will allow them to make their decision. Those questions include:

  • Which parent will provide the children with the best home life?
  • Which parent has a history of making the big decisions for the children, including health and schooling?
  • Which parent participates more in the children’s lives, including attending extracurricular activities and school events, and getting the kids ready for school?
  • Which parent do the children feel most comfortable living with, if they are old enough to express an opinion?
  • Which parent can keep the children in the same community, in the same school, and near the same friends and relatives?
  • Is one parent trying to make it harder for the other parent to maintain a good relationship with the children?
  • Is one parent unable to provide a safe, stable home for the children?
  • Which custody decision will be best for the children?
  • Which custody decision will be best for everyone, overall?

Look through those questions and consider the potential answers you would provide. If you want to be the primary parent, you’ll obviously need to be able to prove you have a safe and stable home in the same area the kids currently live. You’ll also be able to prove that you have been the primary parent for the children already. You may also want to show that you are willing to work with the other parent to make sure everyone is as happy as possible.

If you can’t provide these sorts of answers, it’s time to adjust to the possibility that you may not be the primary parent for your children after the divorce. That doesn’t mean you won’t get time with your kids. You’ll just need to work with your former spouse and the court to get the most time with them as possible.

Only Texas can stop this drug problem

Let me tell you, Texas needs to be tougher on drugs. As a border state, we have an obligation to do more to stop the flow of drugs into this country. As the border state with the toughest population, and with the most reasonable people, we should be leading the way on this issue, not letting California sanctuary city us into destruction.

Right now, it’s likely someone is trying to smuggle illegal substances across our border. Until we have a well-guarded wall down there, we need to force our state government to hire enough guards to properly police it. Forget the feds, we’re on our own here, like always.

Texans are already being hit hard by the opioid crisis here, we don’t need to exacerbate the problem by letting more drugs in. Already, according to this site, 25% of the drugs coming across the border are meth, 10% is heroin, and an amazing 37% is either cocaine or crack. We have to make sure these drugs never make it into the hands of Americans, especially children who may not know any better.

I say we have to stop it at the border because there are just too many people who want to turn a blind eye or even help these drug smugglers and their dealers. I already mentioned California, who seems to love letting drug dealers stay in this country illegally, but it isn’t just them. There are drug lawyers who specialize in helping get people off on crimes they should be serving heavy sentences for.

For my money, this should all be illegal. Those sanctuary cities shouldn’t get a penny of federal money, and those lawyers should be on trial same as their clients, but again, nothing is getting done. I know, that’s no shock. Leave it up to the government, and they’ll spend all their money on fancy retreats to discuss how to avoid doing anything for as long as possible. As long as they’re getting their paychecks, they don’t care about the rest of us.

What I can tell you, though, is we may have to take care of this ourselves. A lot of Texans are volunteering to go down to the border and do more. We all have to be watchful and keep our eyes peeled for anyone who looks suspicious. I’m especially talking to you folks who live down by the border. Keep watching, because you know no one else is going to bother. We’re all counting on you.

This drug issue is one of the biggest ones the country is facing, even if the media has decided it isn’t worth covering at all. To them, the issue is how to make sure pot is legal everywhere so they don’t have to go to the inconvenience of smuggling it in.

Again, we’re on our own, folks. We’ve got to band together and do something. If anyone can do it, though, it’s Texas. Let’s give these guys another reason to remember you don’t mess with Texas.

What You Need To Know About Subsys Spray Lawsuit

Subsys spray is a powerful and addictive painkiller for cancer. Taken as an oral spray, it is considered as one of the most potent and dangerous opioids at about 80 – 100 times stronger than morphine. Because it is sprayed underneath the tongue, it gets into the bloodstream faster than traditional methods of delivery. It is used for the treatment of chronic pain.

Insys Therapeutics, the manufacturer of Subsys or Fentanyl Spray is currently under investigation for off-label prescription of fentanyl. Subys is approved by the FDA for breakthrough cancer pain. The drug was allegedly prescribed for conditions which Fentanyl was not approved for. According to reports, it was prescribed for joint pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. The manufacturer of the drug allegedly falsified records so the drug can be taken by non-cancer patients.

Introduced in 2012, the Adverse Events Reporting System of the FDA has listed around 203 deaths with Subsys listed as being the probable cause for triggering an adverse reaction. In the second quarter of 2015 alone, the number of fentanyl related deaths was 52. Insys is now under Federal and state investigations in Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Arizona, and Illinois. To date, the company has already settled a total of $7.2 million in class action suit in Oregon and Arizona.

The website of Williams Kherkher revealed that the sales of Insys increased to more than $90 million in the third quarter of 2015 alone despite the cost of hundreds of overdose deaths, lost loved ones, and ruined lives. The dangers of fentanyl became known to the public after reports of serious side effects and deaths linked to Duragesic pain patch or Fentanyl patches were issued. Overdose of the drug caused respiratory failure, permanent coma, and death. Due to these problems, the patches have been subjected to numerous recalls.

What To Do When Your License Has Been Suspended

Having your license suspended can cause a lot of inconvenience on your part. For one, you are limited to the number of places where you can go. Aside from that, you would want to be very careful not to violate any traffic rules or you could find yourself in a much deeper hole. When your license is suspended, you may be limited with the number of things you can do with your car.

Depending on your violation, it is the Department of Motor Vehicle that determines how your license will be reinstated based on how it was suspended. Each violation will have different reinstate requirements. When your license was suspended, you might be required to obtain an SR-22 form. Your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles will notify you of the suspension of your license through mail. Likewise, you can check the status of your license on your driving record.

On your driving record, you will find the following information: 1) the reason for the suspension of your license; 2) the duration of suspension, based on the severity of violation, and whether you are a repeat offender; 3) special requirements you need to satisfy

If your license was suspended outside of your home state, it will be sent back to your home state under the Interstate Driver’s License Compact, which honors the license suspension law of another state even though the violation was not committed in your state of residence. Under the agreement, you can appeal for the suspension in accordance with the laws in your state.

If the reason for the suspension was due to a post-conviction or post-arrest DUI, it is still possible to reinstate your driving privileges. You can file a petition through a separate civil proceeding to allow you to get a hardship or occupational driver’s license so you can continue working. With this license, you will still be given your driving privileges while your case is still pending.

Aside from employment, you may request for such license for bringing your kids to school, seeking medical attention, or taking care of a disabled family member. To apply, just file a petition and pay the corresponding fee to the clerk of court. However, the petition will not suffice for the restoration of your driving privileges. You must also request for a hearing and provide the prosecution team with the notice of hearing. During the hearing, you have to prove that you should be granted a hardship or occupational license.

In most states, you will be required to take the necessary steps to have your license reinstated. You need to pay a reinstatement fee or else your license will remain suspended.

Couples Counseling

Every relationship comes with its own set of problems and issues. While many couples are able to work through these problems on their own, individuals can often find themselves unable to properly deal with the issues in their relationship. When this becomes the case, many couples can find help through couples counseling. According to the website of The Solace Center, counseling allows couples to identify problems that are inhibiting their relationship.

One of the most challenging aspects of any relationship is getting to know all the in-and-outs and your partner’s personality. However, when one individual does not understand the needs of their partner, issues can arise and arguing can become frequent. Through couples counseling, not only can couples become more in tune with their partner’s personality but can use this knowledge to better meet their needs and avoid and handle conflict appropriately. This can also help couples modify dysfunctional behavior in their relationship, such as insulting their partner during an argument, and explore the proper conflict resolution behaviors.

However, couples counseling can go beyond simply dealing with arguments. By getting to know your partner on a deeper and emotional level, you may be able to explore issues that are affecting your relationship that you were not even aware of. For example, if one partner was neglected emotionally as a child, they may inadvertently be hiding emotions from the other partner, causing unresolved issues and a weaker relationship. This can also lead to increased and healthier communication in a relationship overall. The benefits and advantages of couples counseling are countless, with many couples seeking therapy before problems arise. Through couples counseling, you and your partner will be able to build a stronger and more caring relationship.

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