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Tips for co-parenting during the holidays

The holidays are a time for family. However, this can get a bit tricky when a child has parents in two different households.

Being able to properly co-parent after a divorce is essential, and navigating the holidays correctly can be very important. Here are a few tips that may aid in making a child's holidays as enjoyable as possible.

Killeen man accused of drunk driving, manslaughter

A Killeen man now faces intoxication manslaughter and drunk driving charges in connection with a fatal accident a few weeks ago on a frontage road near Interstate 35. The accident happened in Georgetown, Texas, which is less than one hour from the Killeen and Fort Hood areas.

According to reports, police responded to the scene of an accident in the early morning hours. During their investigation police determined the man had struck a parked semi. The semi had a right to be on the shoulder of the road, and the truck driver had left the lights of the truck on.

Handling property division is a multi-step process

As is the case in other states, when a couple in Killeen or Fort Hood spit up either through a divorce or otherwise, property will often have to be divided between them.

When the couple is married, this will mean dividing the property according to Texas's community property rules. While these rules can be complicated and hard to apply in particular situations, one can say that the law requires Texans to divide their marital property roughly in half.

Colder weather means understanding safety with space heaters

In Texas, the winters usually do not get cold enough to necessitate heating your entire house, but you may get chilly enough to want to use a space heater to warm up a small area. It is crucial to understand the common hazards that space heaters present, especially if you are unaccustomed to using them.

Space heaters pose a significant risk of fires and electric shock when people use them improperly. The Electrical Safety Foundation International claims that more than 65,000 fires occur in homes across the United States each year because of heating equipment. In fact, heaters, particularly portable ones, are the second most common cause of home fires in the country.

Number of traffic deaths down, but still too many

According to recent statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, there were over 37,000 deaths on the roads of Texas and the other states in 2017.

To some extent, this grim number is actually hopeful news. It is 1.8 percent lower than number of fatalities in 2016. Moreover, if preliminary estimates about the number of accidents that will happen this year are correct, the downward trend will continue.

November safety topic focuses on drowsy driving

Whether you plan to stay in town or drive out of state to visit relatives, the upcoming holiday season is always full of traffic. Residents of Texas and elsewhere who are juggling their work and vacation schedules with packing, cooking, cleaning and trying to get everywhere on time are bound to be tired. When you combine exhaustion with driving, the results can be disastrous.

The holiday season is the perfect time to remind everyone about the dangers of drowsy driving. Therefore, the National Safety Council and the National Sleep Foundation have announced that Nov. 4 through Nov. 11 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

New technology reduces chance of accidents, doesn't stop

While it seems that everyone has a wonderful new piece of technology these days, there may be same in Killeen, Texas, who wonder whether the world might from time to time rely too much on electronic devices and too little on their own brains.

This concern is shared to some extent by researchers who recently surveyed several people about the more modern safety features on their cars, safety features that include things like the ability of the vehicle to check blind spots for cars or to respond in some way to an obstacle or hazard in front of the vehicle.

Killeen above average in terms of safe driving

According to a recent report which is compiled annually and which was picked up by local media outlets, Killeen ranked 73rd out of 200 cities across the county of significant size when it comes to safe driving habits.

Another Texas city ranked as the city with the safest drivers, while a city on the eastern seaboard ranked worst.

How to modify your Texas custody order

You may already be divorced and have worked out a custody agreement with your ex, but it is not set in stone. When circumstances changes, you can update the order to reflect those changes.

For example, now that the kids are back in school, your current schedule may no longer be working for you or the kids. You may be able to modify your custody order, which can be simple or complex depending on the approach you take. You have three ways to seek a modification in Texas:

License reinstatement after a drunk driving conviction

Even a first-time offender in the Killeen area faces a real possibility of a license suspension following a conviction for drunk driving. This can be a huge inconvenience for many people, and it may even spell the end of one's livelihood if the person cannot get to and from work.

Someone who is over 21 can face a license suspension of up to two years even for a first-time offense. They may also wind up with a license on a probationary status.

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