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Separate versus community property in the event of divorce

More and more people are becoming aware of the need for estate planning in Texas. Protecting assets for one's heirs has become an important issue and people realize they can protect those assets with an estate plan. Most plans attempt to cover all foreseeable contingencies. Divorce may be one contingency that is not planned for. In the event of a divorce involving an heir, the issue of separate versus community property may arise.

For example, a woman recently died and her seven children were her heirs. One of the siblings was in the process of getting a divorce. The question arose concerning her share of her mother's estate. The question concerned whether her spouse was entitled to a share of the estate as community property.

Juvenile defense can help to turn a life around

The idea of a criminal justice system is not only to penalize but also to rehabilitate. When children are involved in criminal activity, the focus of juvenile defense should be less on punitive actions and more on steering young offenders to make better choices and showing them that those choices can result in positive outcomes. Texas is making changes to try to improve those outcomes.

In a recent robbery, one adult and four  juveniles were arrested in a suspected armed robbery in Beaumont. The adult under arrest is a 19 year-old male. Three young teenagers wearing gloves, hoodies and masks robbed a convenience store at gunpoint at about 1:00 p.m. on a recent afternoon.

3 things you should know about DUIs and insurance

When arrested on suspicion of a DUI, you may wonder how the arrest affects your life and finances. Simply put, the consequences likely impact many aspects of your life, including your finances and driving privileges. Sooner or later, you can expect a call from your insurance provider inquiring about the incident. A DUI can affect your insurance coverage in several ways.

The following are three concerns you should address after a DUI arrest. Whether this is your first or third arrest, it is important that you consider the legal impact and implications of having a criminal record, too. Your insurance may change in the following ways:

Unexpected co-parenting expenses to consider in parenting plans

Most divorcing couples do their best to resolve all financial matters during the divorce process. In fact, resolving almost everything at that time is a legal necessity, especially in high asset divorce where many assets are in play. However, exes with shared children may find that over time, certain costs such as extracurricular activities, summer camp, insurance or phone bills may arise that were not considered in the original settlement. Here are some tips for Texas families broaching these issues in their parenting plans.

There are many child-related expenses a divorcing couple may not foresee, but someone with experience in these matters may have a better handle on what is to come. Both parties should speak with their attorneys about child care related costs to consider, as well as their options for covering these expenses. For example, some parents may make a 50/50 agreement while others might split it based on who has higher income.

Remember to include these 6 assets in your divorce settlement

When you and your spouse are breaking up, you have a lot of financial concerns. You may feel nervous about how the property division process will play out. Chances are you are thinking about some of the most obvious assets, such as the family home, vehicles, bank accounts and retirement plans. 

While these are important assets to consider, you do not want to leave other ones behind. Here are some pieces of property and sources of income you should not neglect in your divorce settlement.

Curfew law removal has impact on juvenile defense

In order to curb what is perceived to be an issue with young offenders, historically some municipalities have passed ordinances prohibiting young people from being outside past a certain point. In Austin, such curfews were in practice for 27 years until they were ended last August. Texas advocates and lawmakers are now looking at juvenile defense data in the area to find out if this change had an impact on crime rates.

The curfew was taken off the books after activists protested that the laws disproportionately affected minorities in the area. According to their data, over 1,000 people were stopped and 400 were ticketed under the ordinance, primarily in and between Northeast and Southeast Austin. The curfew was a class C misdemeanor violation.

How to protect retirement accounts in a divorce

Divorce has decreased in recent years around the country. However, there is one demographic where the divorce rate has actually increased. Reports show that people over the age of 50 are more likely than ever to divorce, according to the Pew Research Center. 

There are certain factors to a gray divorce that differ significantly between couples who are in their 20s or 30s. For example, a couple in their 50s may not have to worry as much about child custody because any children they have are now adults. However, spouses in their 50s may feel significantly more concerned about their retirement accounts. There are various tactics to implement to help protect such assets. 

How common are DUI charges in the United States?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rate of DUIs in the United States is on the decline. Despite this decrease, DUI charges are still a focus for law enforcement across Texas and the country. Here are a few statistics regarding the prevalence of drunk driving and related charges in the United States.

The NHTSA notes that nationwide, 1.58 percent of drivers have had a DUI in the past seven years. Some states have a significantly higher rate; however, Texas is largely at or lower than this average. According to statistics, Dallas is the only city in the state with a higher rate of DUIs than the national average with 1.62 percent of drivers having a DUI in the last seven years.

New analysis reveals fatal DUI data from across Texas

A new analysis released by ValuePenguin has dug into some of the most pressing questions regarding DUI data in Texas. Specifically, the report revealed the which cities in Texas had the most DUI fatalities per year. This analysis was based on data from the Texas Department of Transportation.

According to the numbers from ValuePenguin, Midland had the highest number of DUIs per capita in 2016 than anywhere else in the state. In fact, Midland had 41 percent more fatalities than either Houston or San Antonio. This is particularly telling as both Houston and San Antonio were on the top 10 list for highest risk locations.

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