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Keeping a divorce from ruining future dating opportunities

When couples divorce in Georgia, often, one of the last thoughts on their mind is entering into another long-term relationship like the one they have just ended. In fact, many people put off dating while they work relentlessly to put their lives back together, reorganize their finances and recover from the emotional toll of a failed relationship. 

If and when they do reach the point of desiring to date again after their divorce, this process often takes time and can be met with apprehension and hesitation. As people ease themselves back into the dating scene, they may benefit from creating a map that visualizes how they desire for a new relationship to progress. They should also be wary of jumping into a relationship with someone who seems too perfect or may be reeling from their own recently dissolved relationship. 

You have a right to remain silent, here is why you should use it

The Constitution of the United States gives you the right to be silent if you are placed under arrest. Known as the Miranda warning, it can be provided to you by a police officer at the time of an arrest. There are still many people who are confused by what this right is and why it is so beneficial to them.

Why is the right to remain silent important?

Understanding how narcissism can destroy relationships

When people in Georgia realize they are living in the depths of a relationship where they are abused by a narcissistic partner, they often wonder how it happened. They may reflect on their initial meeting and how at the beginning of their relationship, they were treated so differently and felt loved and valued. Now, they are dealing with the daily feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness and fear. 

Sometimes, people may be in denial that their partner is narcissistic, but PsychCentral provides people with some signs that may indicate that they are suffering abuse at the hands of their narcissistic partner. If people are experiencing narcissistic abuse, they may be subject to the following:

  • An inability to trust their partner that begins to affect their ability to trust others and even themselves. 
  • A tendency to ignore their personal needs, goals and desires to appease their partner. 
  • A clouded vision about the origin of the abuse, extending to blaming themselves for the hurt they are enduring. 

Can you get an annulment?

There are many misunderstandings about an annulment and when you can get one. When you get married in Georgia, you create a legally binding contract. An annulment, according to the Superior Court of Fulton County, voids the legal contract of marriage and makes it as if it never existed. This is a big deal legally speaking. That is why annulments are not common and the court only grants them in very specific situations.

One thing to note upfront is that an annulment is not based on the length of your marriage. It does not matter if your marriage is one year old or 20 years old. Length is not a factor is whether a court will grant one or not.

Georgia considers non-use of car seats "worst type of misuse"

Georgia, like all other 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, has strict car seat laws in place to protect the young and vulnerable in the event of a car crash. Though the laws vary from state to state, each state has specific criteria for certain age groups and children of specific weight and height.

According to the State of Georgia Department of Public Health, children under one year of age must sit in a rear-facing car seat. This is the law regardless of how much the infant weights. When a child turns one and up until he or she is three years of age, the parents must keep him or her in a rear facing seat if he or she weighs less than 20 pounds. However, if the child weighs between 21 and 40 pounds, the parents may opt to put him or her in a forward-facing car seat. If the child is over 40 pounds, shorter than four feet nine inches and between the ages of one and seven, the parents may opt to place him or her in a forward-facing car seat OR a booster seat with a shoulder and lap belt. A person between the ages of eight and 18 may only sit in a regular seat, with a shoulder and lap belt, if he or she is taller than four feet nine inches and if he or she weighs greater than 40 pounds.

What are the best defenses to DUI charges?

Though you should do everything in your power to prevent getting arrested and charged with a DUI in Georgia, it is that time of year when police are out and about and pulling over anyone who looks suspicious. If you have more than two drinks at a holiday party and an officer stops you, you may be over the legal limit. If you have a particularly potent drink at a restaurant, you may be over the legal limit. A DUI can negatively impact your life in multiple ways, including both financially and reputation-wise. Fortunately, you may be able to beat DUI charges with a strong defense.

According to FindLaw, you may be able to utilize an affirmative defense against your DUI charge. It is best to use an affirmative defense when evidence supports the charge. An affirmative defense may include necessity, which involves your needing to drive to prevent a greater harm from happening to you. You may also be able to use the duress defense, which entails proving that you either had to drive to avoid injury or death, or someone forced you to drive by threat.

What are consent apps?

People use technology often these days in criminal cases. However, there is a new way to use it when it comes to defense for sexual assault crimes. Many of these crimes end up being one person's word against another. With the new consent apps for your smartphone, consent becomes clear, according to The New York Times.

You download and install a consent app like any other app. It provides a real-time connection between you and another person. It allows you to outline the relationship and give specific consent for contact between the two of you. It gets rid of confusion and states upfront what is okay and what is not.

Drunk driving fatalities in Georgia

As the holiday season is in full swing, many people in Georgia are out and about on their way to or from various parties and celebrations. These events may provide a lot of joy for most people but they also open up more opportunities for drivers to make the negligent choice to get behind the wheel of their vehicles after drinking alcohol instead of finding alternative methods of transportation. 

Advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have worked tirelessly for numerous decades now to get the message out to drivers that they should put away their keys if they want to drink. Unfortunately, some people seem too stubborn to heed this advice. As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 28 percent of the vehicular fatalities in Hall County between 2013 and 2018 happened in accidents in which alcohol was a noted factor.

Sharing the news about your adopted child in an appropriate way

You are still reeling with the excitement of having just adopted for the first time in Georgia. The precious new child that you have brought home is quickly stealing your heart and you cannot wait to share the happy news of having welcomed your child, with the other people in your circle of family and friends. At Fox, Chandler, Homans, Hicks & McKinnon, LLP, we have helped many families celebrate the joyous occasion of adoption. 

Chances are that everyone you know will be eager to hear about your experience, meet your child and learn all about his or her upbringing and background. You are probably equally as enthusiastic about sharing the details of your child's adoption and how grateful you are that he or she is now a part of your family. While sharing your news is necessary and undoubtedly exciting, it is imperative that you also remember to be selective about what you choose to share to protect your new child from unnecessary judgments. 

Social media during divorce

Social media is an everyday part of our lives. We share and post about everything–our triumphs and tragedies, our stories and complaints. We follow the daily happenings of hundreds of “friends”, many of whom we barely know. We follow our news sources and get the latest updates. For a lot of us, it’s our connection to the world.

And because it’s second nature, it may be tempting to share the details of your divorce. But posting information about your split on social media can have a downside and end up creating emotional damage. Sharing might also mean unintentionally communicating information with those you might otherwise avoid communicating with, such as your ex or mutual friends. Practice restraint, as hard as it may be.

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