Living in an Abusive Situation- Making a Personal Safety Plan

If you (or someone that you know) is living in an explosive, abusive situation, a plan for personal safety is important. The Montgomery County Texas Sheriff Department has an excellent checklist that applies to various stages of the situation. First of all, it is important to know what to do if violence…

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Divorce is Hard on Pets – Don’t Forget About Them

Divorce is hard on everyone, especially pets.  Here are some things to consider if you are divorcing and have one or more pets: Pets can suffer greatly (and silently) when family life is upset.  They can’t tell you what’s wrong so be aware of any changes in behavior.  Talk to your vet when…

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Binding Mediated Settlement Agreements in Texas Family Law and Child Safety

Texas Law provides for binding mediated settlement agreements in family law cases. The purpose of this is to encourage Alternative Dispute Resolution. (settlement of a case by a method other than going to trial. Mediation and Arbitration are two methods of alternative dispute resolution). If you go to a family law…

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Stop Domestic Violence – “It’s Never Too Late to Change the Road You’re On”

Stop Domestic Violence   Domestic violence hurts, kills, and ruins lives.  The effects are felt for years, generations even. Making a change requires determination and a willingness to ask for help. While traveling in Fort Worth, I happened to see the beautiful artwork above, which is located at Safe Haven…

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Getting Away from an Abusive Situation

Getting out of an abusive situation can be extremely difficult for a lot of reasons. The most common reasons that someone may stay in an abusive/violent relationship include 1) fear for children or family members 2) fear of retaliation (physical or other, such as embarrassment, interfering on job site) 3)…

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