San Antonio Texas Law Blog

Texas justice and the poor: Inequality in action

Since 1963, anyone accused of a felony is guaranteed the right to an attorney -- even if they can't afford to pay for one privately. That law was designed to create access to equal justice for all, regardless of their income.

Yet, somehow, that isn't how things have worked out. Each state gets to figure out how to provide indigent defendants with an attorney. In Texas, that system is further broken down by county.

Don't let National Child Support Awareness Month slip by you

Every year, August is National Child Support Awareness Month. The aim of having the month-long focus on child support is to reinforce the importance of financial support for children -- whether or not the paying parent chooses to take an active role in that child's life.

Children aren't cheap. It's expensive to raise a child because there's always a need for new clothes, medical care, dental care, vision care, school supplies, school fees and more -- and those are just the expenses directly related to the child. There are also household expenses like groceries, utilities and rent that are necessary to keep a child in a stable home.

Justice isn't blind when it comes to race

Everyone in America is promised equal treatment under the law.

If you're black, however, you probably already believe that's a myth. Now, there's evidence to back up what you may have always known: Race sometimes matters more than the truth and innocence won't necessarily ensure your acquittal at a trial when you're black -- particularly where violent crimes are concerned.

Love doesn't conquer all: Divorcing the spouse you love

One of the most toxic messages that people often hear (or are shown) in movies, books, television shows and more is that "love conquers all."

It doesn't. You can love someone and not like them. You can love someone, and they may not love you back. You can love someone and be so fundamentally different that you simply can't live together.

How to parent with a particularly difficult ex-spouse

Your marriage may be over, but you and your ex are parents for life. This means that as much as you might want to eliminate your ex from your life, you may be stuck working together to parent your children at least until they turn 18.

If your ex is particularly difficult to get along with, co-parenting effectively can be a huge challenge. However, an unsuccessful or high-conflict parenting experience will ultimately hurt your children, who probably want to maintain positive relationships with both parents. Although your ex may make the parenting experience more challenging than it needs to be, there are still actions you can take to facilitate the best possible experience for your children.

New hemp laws are putting Texas law enforcement in a bind

For decades, it didn't matter what part of the cannabis plant was being used. It was all considered illegal under federal law.

Now, changing social norms are being gradually reflected in laws that decriminalize numerous cannabis products -- including hemp. When the United States Farm Bill was passed in late 2018, hemp products -- among them, cannabidiol (CBD) oil -- became legal.

Dallas is about to get tough on violent crime

Dallas has a crime problem -- and Governor Greg Abbott isn't going to let it continue.

The spike in violent crimes in the Texas city has already attracted a lot of press attention -- partially due to comments by the city's police chief about people who have been released from prison and "forced to commit violent crimes." She has since clarified her comments in a public meeting, saying that she was not excusing the violent acts of criminals. She was, in essence, saying that not enough was being done to prevent people from returning to a life of crime once they'd already been imprisoned.

Do I need to have a certain reason to get divorced in Texas?

With divorce as common as it is, many people have begun to believe that it is easy to get a divorce. Some people are surprised to learn that Texas courts require a spouse to prove that a legally valid reason for divorce exists before a divorce can be granted.

If you are thinking about filing for divorce, it can be advantageous to consider which legally valid reason, called a ground, applies to your situation. If no ground applies to your situation, you may not be eligible for divorce.

Do co-parents need to have the same rules in both houses?

One of the biggest challenges of co-parenting after divorce is maintaining consistent rules and expectations across two households. You and your co-parent may have had different parenting styles when you were together. However, it's easier to maintain consistency when everyone's in the same home.

The parent who has custody of the kids the majority of the time is likely to have more and stricter rules for them than their co-parent who may only see them on weekends and holidays. The parent who spends less time with the kids may be more likely to let them stay up late (particularly on nonschool nights), order in food rather than cook and leave the tidying up to the housekeeper. One parent may also be more permissive because they're vying to be the favorite.

Separation anxiety isn't uncommon when kids move between homes

When parents divorce, it's not uncommon for their children to regress and start displaying behaviors they'd outgrown. Separation anxiety can be one of these behaviors.

Your child may have already had some sleepovers with friends or weekend trips with their soccer team or scout troop, so you know they're able to be away from you without experiencing undue fear or stress. However, when it comes time to spend the night or the weekend with their other parent, they display disturbing signs of separation anxiety. They may cry, lash out in anger or simply refuse to go.

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