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Showing that a restaurant is liable for your injury

When you become injured in a public place, you will have already gone through a great deal of pain and suffering as a result. It is likely that you will think it unfair that in addition to the stress of the incident, you will also have to go through the process of filing a legal claim.

This inconvenience is often acknowledged by the courts in premises liability cases, and you may be able to benefit from further compensation in order to address this. In this way, it may be worthwhile to proceed with a liability claim, especially if you strongly believe that the premises acted in a negligent way.

Steps to take after a car accident

Auto accidents happen every day in Texas. If you've been lucky enough to never have been in a car accident, do you know what you need to do if it ever does happen to you?

There is actually quite a bit that you need to do following a car accident. When injured, in a state of shock or just overwhelmed by the situation, it can be easy to forget what you are supposed to do.

Working with Texas courts to get custody

If you are unhappy with the current child custody setup you have with your children, it is possible that you do not know which way to turn. You may contemplate trying to negotiate with the other parent in the hopes that this will lead to change. If you already have a child custody agreement in place that involved the child custody courts in Texas, however, it is likely that going through the courts again is your only viable option.

Parents often misunderstand the way that the child custody processes work in the state of Texas. This is why it is important that you take the time to read more about working with the courts to get custody successfully.

How can I get through the holidays during my divorce?

If you are newly separated and awaiting a divorce, you may have barely gotten through Thanksgiving by pasting a fake smile on your face that fooled nobody. It's likely that you are dreading the upcoming winter holidays as well.

Take a deep breath. You can, and will, get through them. These holiday survival tips may be helpful:

Options for single people considering adopting a child

If you are a single person considering adopting a child, you may be concerned that you'll face an uphill battle. However, the stigma against single adoptive parents is waning -- even here in Texas. Increasingly, people are realizing that their ability to give a home to a child shouldn't depend on whether they're married.

As a single parent, however, it's essential to have a "village" to support you. This can include family, friends, day care providers and trusted neighbors who can pitch in and help care for your child in an emergency or just when the unexpected happens. Before you start looking at your adoption options, make sure that you have a "village" of people you can rely on.

Crash kills 2 brothers, Child Protective Services employee

A tragic crash took the lives of two children and a caseworker with Child Protective Services (CPS) who was driving them back to their foster families after a counseling session on Oct. 30. The brothers, ages 10 and 14, were in the vehicle with their 12-year-old sister. She survived, but was listed in critical condition in a Dallas hospital.

According to state troopers, the crash occurred near Edgewood on State Highway 19. They say a 19-year-old driver was using a no-passing lane while attempting to pass the vehicle driven by the 61-year-old CPS employee when he struck them head-on.

Why you may want to hire a private judge to finalize your divorce

You may think that only movie stars, sports icons and business moguls hire private judges for their divorces and other civil legal matters. They do, of course. However, private judges are becoming more common -- not just in New York and California, but more recently in Texas and other states.

People hire private judges to handle their divorces for various reasons. Often, it's a matter of saving time. Private judges can help couples settle their divorce much faster than if they had to wait to get on the schedule in the county court. Recently, private judges have helped power couples Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck and Anna Faris and Chris Pratt avoid the backlogged Los Angeles courts and settle their divorces privately.

'Gray divorce' poses challenges for the adult kids in the middle

With the rise of "gray divorce" over the past few decades, more adults than ever are having to face the reality that their parents are no longer together while figuring out how to explain the situation to their own children.

In addition to the emotional challenges of having their parents divorce when they believed their mom and dad would be together until the end, adult children of divorce often face practical challenges as well. Parents who committed to helping their kids with their student loans, a down payment on their first home or college funds for their grandchildren may be dealing with their own financial problems and rethink those commitments.

Are you having similar problems in your marriage?

Like parenthood, marriage is often a simultaneously rewarding yet challenging experience. When you marry the love of your life, it's difficult to fathom that your relationship may decline one day; in fact, it might end in divorce. There's really no way to tell which marriages will last a lifetime and which will cave under the many pressures and problems that arise over time.  

Spouses who divorce often find they have a lot in common regarding the types of issues that prompted them to end their marriages in court. While encountering a serious problem in your marriage doesn't necessarily mean you will automatically get divorced, if you and your spouse continually face certain issues, it might increase the possibility. It's a good idea to know ahead of time where to seek support in case a divorce does occur. 

Helping children who are struggling amid divorce

Growing up is all about change. Kids face changes that are -- at least for them -- life altering and stressful all the time. However, parental break-up is inarguably one of the most significant changes kids can face in their journey to adulthood.

It's not unusual for parents to feel helpless at times to ease this transition for their kids. However, you're not helpless. There are things you can do to ease your children through this period.

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