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Is your spouse hiding assets?

As part of a divorcing couple in San Antonio, you have a lot of hurdles to clear, and much of it will revolve around finances and the assets you hold. The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., is here to help if you find yourself in a situation where you believe your spouse is hiding some of their assets.

There can be a few warning signs that assets are being hidden during the divorce process. Some are a little easier to spot than others. For example, suspicious behavior can include:

  • Becoming agitated when financial matters are brought up, or if you question their assets
  • Suddenly needing to "pay back" loans or debts previously given to friends or family members
  • Refusing to share detailed information about finances with you
  • Having a history of hiding things from you or in general

What factors are used to determine child support in Texas

Going through the divorce process can be extremely difficult, especially if there are children involved. You may be forced to deal with issues involving spousal support, property division, child custody and parenting plans. In addition to these matters, the judge presiding over the case will set child support. Child support is designed to bridge the financial gap children and custodial parents go through when separating.

Texas follows a percentage of income model, which considers only the non-custodial parent’s income when determining child support. The amount of child support owed is based off this income, as well as several other factors. Other considerations include the following:

  •          The amount of time the child spends with each parent
  •          The ability of each parent to financially provide for the child
  •          The age and specific needs of the child
  •          Whether the child has any extenuating medical needs
  •          Any travel expenses associated with parenting exchanges

Steroid use and aggressive driving

People take steroids for many different reasons, whether they want to improve their physical appearance or perform at a higher level in a particular sport or activity. However, steroid use can bring a number of unwanted consequences into the lives of users, affecting them from a physical and even emotional point of view in different ways. Also referred to as ‘roid rage’, some people become very aggressive when they are taking steroids. Unfortunately, this can impact their ability to drive and, ultimately, may result in a motor vehicle collision.

Someone who is very aggressive as a result of steroid use may become angry with another driver on the road. They may struggle with road rage and they may be more likely to cut someone off, drive over the speed limit or even start yelling at another driver. Furthermore, someone who may be inexperienced with steroids or stressed out because they recently purchased the drug for the first time may be more likely to drive erratically and cause a crash.

How can you and your spouse take control of your divorce?

It is no secret that a divorce can be costly, stressful, contentious and lengthy. In the end, the judge will make decisions for you. If you would prefer having more control over your own divorce—and life going forward—perhaps you should consider mediation.

Mediation explained

Panic attacks and car accidents

A motor vehicle collision may happen for any number of reasons, whether a driver tries to use their phone when they should be focusing on the road or two vehicles collide because of icy conditions. In this post, we will look into a less common reason why these crashes occur: panic attacks. Although panic attacks may not cause very many crashes in comparison to other risk factors, it is very important to be aware of this issue if you or anyone in your family struggles with panic attacks. Moreover, another driver may behave erratically on the road because they are experiencing a panic attack.

Panic attacks happen for many reasons, whether they are the result of an anxiety disorder or are induced by drugs. Someone who is suffering from a panic attack may experience a number of symptoms, such as a racing heart, dizziness or shaky hands, all of which can interfere with their ability to drive safely. In fact, someone who is in the middle of a panic attack may even pass out, which can be extremely dangerous if they are driving a vehicle.

Vigilant motorists can help protect pedestrians

As with many areas around the nation, Texas is a place that many people call home. Each day, when people commute to their various commitments around the state, they must walk or drive around each other. This requires everyone to exercise a great deal of vigilance in seeing that they walk or drive safely, especially in high-traffic areas. 

When people hear the term "pedestrian safety," they often begin to think about what people can do to protect themselves when they are walking, biking or running alongside a road where cars are also driving. However, motorists have an equally important responsibility to pay attention and follow traffic laws to determine that they are effectively granting pedestrians the right-of-way when it is their turn, and to be sure that distractions will not prevent them from noticing pedestrians until it is too late. 

A third of American teenagers admit to texting and driving

While Texas and other states have taken steps in recent years to tighten their laws relating to cellphone use in the car, teenagers across the state and nation continue to text at high rates, endangering everyone on the road as they do so. At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we have seen the devastating impact texting and driving has on Americans and families, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or lost loved ones because of someone else’s actions pursue recourse.

According to Reuters, a recent survey involving more than 100,000 teenagers across 35 states found that almost 40 percent of them admitted to having texted behind the wheel within the last 30 days. The survey also found that teenagers became increasingly likely to text and drive as they grew older, and that teens who identified as Caucasian were the more likely to text behind the wheel than teens of other races.

The benefits of joint-custody

Going through a divorce can be daunting, especially when there are kids involved. Determining what type of custody arrangement will be in the best interest of the children may seem overwhelming. Traditionally, the courts place the child in the sole-custody of the primary caretaker. Yet, studies show the importance of having both parents involved in the child’s life and how a joint-custody arrangement may be best for a child’s development.

The study released in the Journal of Family Psychology looked at children in sole-custody, joint-custody and traditional family situations. Researchers found that when children are able to spend a significant amount of time with both their mother and father, they fair better across several areas. Academically, children have better school performance and earn better grades. Children with access to both parents often show fewer behavioral problems, have stronger relationships and display a higher self-esteem when compared to children who have access to only one parent. There are also long-term benefits of children who spend time with both parents, including better careers, stronger marriages, wider social circles and general wellbeing.

Top causes of commercial truck accidents

Any type of car crash can result in a frightening experience and serious injuries. When a large truck is involved, the likelihood of severe trauma increases. This is due to many factors that uniquely apply to big rigs, including their immense size, large blind zones, poor maneuverability, and potentially toxic or flammable cargo.

In addition, some aspects of commercial trucking can increase the likelihood of an accident occurring in the first place. When pursuing a personal injury case after a truck accident, it is important to understand how the accident happened and whether a violation of laws or regulations contributed to it.

When a car crash results in a TBI

At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, PC, in Texas, we know that a car crash can turn your life upside down. You could suffer serious injuries, one of the most catastrophic of which is a traumatic brain injury. Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that upward of 286,000 people suffer a TBI each year in a car crash.

As the Mayo Clinic explains, a traumatic brain injury is one which results in your brain malfunctioning in some way. The most common way you can suffer a TBI in a car crash is when the impact of the crash makes your head and neck move violently back and forth, thereby causing your brain to likewise move quickly and violently inside your skull. You can also suffer a TBI if a piece of flying glass or other debris hits you in the head or, worse yet, pierces your skull.