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December 2015 Archives

Settling holiday custody battles

A common issue around the holiday season in Texas and around the country involves divorced parents arguing over who gets to spend time with their children. There are several ways that this issue can be addressed. One preferred method is to alternate years that a parent gets to spend a holiday with his or her child. In some cases, it may be possible for the child to spend a holiday with both parents if they can be civil around each other.

The growing problem of domestic violence

Texas residents may be shocked to learn how serious the problem of domestic violence is in the United States. An individual somewhere in the country becomes the crime victim of an intimate partner every nine seconds or so, and the problem crosses all of the social, financial, religious and ethnic lines that segment modern society.

Getting details organized before initiating divorce proceedings

The holidays may be less than ideal for Texas couples to begin divorce proceedings, but the start of a new year is a popular time for divorce filings. In fact, many attorneys have noted that the number of divorce cases initiated in January significantly increases. Although many New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside after just a few weeks, divorce proceedings have significant implications once they are initiated.

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas split after 20 years

Texas movie fans may know that Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas officially ended their 20-year marriage in July 2015. The details of the divorce were revealed by many sources in December 2015. The couple first announced that they would be splitting in June 2014, and they had one daughter together. Although they were first married in 1996, they subsequently entered into a post-nuptial agreement that took effect in 2004. Reports indicate that the split was mutual and that the couple is on good terms.

Guns and domestic violence

Texas residents may want to be aware of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is dedicated to providing education about the domestic violence issues women in America face, such as being 11 times more likely to be shot and killed than women in other countries. Non-restrictive gun laws in the United States make it easier for perpetrators of violence against women to obtain guns, but mismanagement of the domestic violence crisis is also cited as a factor. Many mass shootings motivated by domestic violence were perpetrated with legally obtained guns.