Texas is known for being one of the largest states in the country.
Houston, Texas is currently the fourth-largest city in the country and
the largest within the state. San Antonio is the seven-largest city in
the country and the second-largest within the state.
Texas' metropolitan areas, including the Greater Houston area and the
Dallas-Forth Worth area are the sixth- and fourth-largest metropolitan
areas in the United States. These areas grew from cattle ranching
during the post-Civil War nation. Oil companies then began to dominate
the state in the next century, creating new economic advances for
citizens. High tech economies then grew as well as Fortune 500
Texas has some of the leading industries in the nation, including
petrochemicals, agriculture, computers, energy, electronics, biomedical
sciences, and aerospace. This vast state is governed by state laws as
well as federal laws. Some of the laws Texas maintains include labor
laws, divorce laws, gun laws, bankruptcy laws, federal conviction laws,
expungement laws, and many others.
Every state in the nation has its own requirements for how divorce
cases are handled. Texas requires that individuals filing for divorce
first reside within the state for no less than six months. After this
time period individuals are considered state residents. All divorce
petitions may be filed by one individual but must be filed to his or
her county of residency or that of his or her spouse. Each county
circuit court handles its own divorce cases, so if a petition is filed
to the wrong court or if a petition is filed incorrectly, the case will
Non-Texas residents are permitted to file for Texas divorces if their
spouses are Texas residents. Texas law requires that before filing
individuals remain in their county of filing for no less than ninety
days. After six months those serving in the military and stationed in
the state are considered state residents.
All convictions for driving under the influence are distributed via
prior offenses and offense circumstances. The more prior offenses an
individual has, the greater and lengthier his or her punishment will
be. A first driving under the influence offense can earn up to two
thousand dollars in fines, seventy-two hours in a county or local jail,
twelve hours of mandatory DWI education courses, driver's license
suspension, fee payments, and twenty-four hours of community service
with a chance of up to one hundred additional hours. A second and first
driving under the influence offense is considered a Class A
Misdemeanor, but a third offense is a third degree felony.
Texas breaks its felony offenses into four sections. These range from
Capital offenses down Class C Felonies. Punishments can include the
death penalty, life in prison, probation, imprisonment, fines,
community service, and others.
Texas law does not require its businesses and companies to provide
payment for sick leave. Federal law also does not require this. Rather
than provide paid sick leave, most companies instead often choose to
provide paid time off. Paid time off also includes sick days and