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Other Legal Figures of the University of Texas
As we know, Marshall
Davis Brown, otherwise known as David Brown, graduated from the University of
Texas at Permian Basin prior to attending the South Texas College of Law and
pursing his career in family law. Aside from being one of the biggest public
higher education systems in the country, though, the University of Texas System
is also well-known for turning out so many renowned and respected legal
Elizabeth Warren is arguably the most prominent legal figure to be
associated with UT. She taught there for six years in the 1980's, and has also
taught at the Harvard Law School. She has since accomplished many other feats.
She's currently the head senator of Massachusetts, but she has also helped to
establish the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She was also a
chairmember of the Congressional Oversight Panel which oversaw the Troubled
Asset Relief Program during the 2008 financial crisis.
Then there was Laura Bush, who was the First Lady from 2001 to 2009.
She got her Master's degree in Library Science at the University of Texas at
Austin. She began to get involved politically when she married George W. Bush
in 1977, implementing many health, education, and literacy initiatives during
her husbands presidency. She also helped Geore W. in his campaign for
presidency during his run.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Jeb Bush, the son of former president George
Bush and George W. Bush's brother, also attended the University of Texas for
Latin American Affairs. He was the governor of Florida for eight years, from
1999 to 2007. He was the only republican Floridian governor to serve two full
Texas Divorce and What to Watch for
No one goes into a marriage
expecting it to end in divorce, but unfortunately, a staggering percentage of
marriages in the United States end prematurely. The situation is particularly
vexing in a state like Texas, where the laws are a bit more specific and there
are many more stipulations. Though you might feel the need to do whatever you
have to in order to get things over quickly and "painlessly," it's
important to do your due diligence and hire a local lawyer, like Marshall Davis Brown from TX, to make
sure things get done properly.
The main thing you need to look out for in a Texas divorce case is which
jurisdiction your case falls in. There are numerous different district courts
in the state – to have a divorce in Texas, you need to have lived in the state
for six months, at least, and the county for three.
Also, know about the period between the divorce being filed and finalized
– this is called temporary orders. During this time, it will be established
which spouse will stay in the shared home, who will pay for shared bills, and a
visitation schedule if children are involved.
Most importantly, remember that it could take a year or more for a
divorce to be finalized. For this reason, it's important to make use of a
knowledgeable lawyer to make sure that your temporary orders agreements are
satisfactory and that you're getting everything you deserve out of the
separation. Furthermore, if there are children involved, you should want the
best for them, and a lawyer can help ensure that they get the best support and
custody agreement for the situation.
Domestic Abuse in Texas and its Effects on Child Custody
Lawyers like Marshall
Davis Brown in TX have fought in cases of family law for years. It's
always been an issue and, unfortunately, it probably always will be. Cases of
family law are always complex, but even more so when domestic violence and
children come into play. Because they're such sensitive issues, it can be
difficult to gather up the courage to take the course in the first place, but
if you find the right lawyer, you'll find that justice will be served.
The term "domestic violence" encompasses a vast range of
situations and behaviors, always amongst residents of the same home, families,
and people who share children. Physical abuse is most commonly attributed to
the term, but it also includes (but isn't limited to): stalking, verbal
harassment, sexual assault, intimidation, emotional abuse, and more.
A person who is charged with any count of domestic violence may be issued
a restraining order – along with, of course, a number of different fines and
potential jail time. But when children are involved, it also affects the
custody of that child. A parent with a restraining order, he or she will be
required to pay child support but not be granted any visitation rights. There
are different extents and extremities of that punishment which is to be decided
by the courts.
A restraining order isn't necessary to affect custody, however. Any
charge of domestic violence will have an effect on visitation – it is likely
that the time of visitation will be greatly reduced, and will probably need to
If you or someone you know is in a case of domestic abuse, whether
children are involved or not, don't be afraid to bring it in front of the
courts. Safety and comfort comes first, and an abuser deserves the punishment
that is coming for them. There are plenty of experienced lawyers in Texas that
know the state doesn't take these cases lightly and who can get you or your
loved one the deserved justice.
Texas and Domestic Assault: A Serious Matter
Although, for obvious reasons, no state takes the issue of domestic
assault lightly, Texas especially cracks down on the matter. As a matter of
fact, there's an entire chapter in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure that
focuses on the pressing concerns of violence in the household and within the
family. While it's great to have such protection, however, any matter that is
taken so seriously in the state courts is bound to be difficult to deal with
It's unfortunate, but there is an unacceptably high number of domestic
violence cases in Texas. According to a study in 2011, 74% of Texans had either
been involved in a case of domestic abuse or known someone personally who had.
In other words, it's a matter that concerns everyone.
If you're experiencing domestic abuse, it's not a matter you should be
afraid to bring in front of the courts – the punishments are hefty. Get a good
family lawyer in Texas, like Marshall
Davis Brown to ensure justice. The penalties, of course, depend on the case, but no
one gets away clean. A first offense of domestic assault is typically
considered a Class A misdemeanor, which could lead to up to one year in jail
and/or up to $4,000 in fines. Remember – that's the lowest charge, it can only
get worse from there.
If you're charged again, your punishment will worsen. A second offense
can potentially be considered a felony in the third degree, earning you up to
ten years in prison and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
Aggravated domestic assault can earn a person a sentence of five to life
in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.
In other words, justice will be served. Never keep quiet about your case
– the law is on your side, especially in Texas.
The Field of Family Law
Many family law cases are related to one another. For example, cases
involving paternity tests will likely also involve child support, the same way
child custody will come up in a case of divorce. That's why family lawyers'
specializations, like those of John C.
Pavlas and Marshall Davis Brown, TX family attorneys, encompass
many – if not all – of these roles. Here is the general scope of family law.
Divorce requires a balance between being aggressive and being sensitive.
It takes a special kind of lawyer to minimize conflict – and therefore,
emotional trauma – while still standing firm. Lawyers can help with anything
from divorce planning to prenups to property division.
This is another sensitive field of family law – it requires both an
emotional understanding/support system as well as aggressive legal
representation in order to be effective.
Either a father or a mother can bring about a law suit demanding an
establishment of paternity. A good lawyer would be able to represent either
party and link the results to any further action, such as child support and
Some situations require that the previously administered child custody,
support, or visitation orders be modified. This requires an expert counsel in
order to establish that the modification is within reason for both parties.
It's important to have a good lawyer who can seamlessly guide the client through
the process and who is familiar with the stipulations of modification.
Mediation is a great way for families to resolve issues without going to
trial. However, effective mediation services require an in-depth knowledge of
the various settlement options in divorce and mediation.