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Paternity vs. legitimation in Georgia

As a single unmarried dad, you may feel that your parental rights are not necessarily always recognized or valued within society today. That's a fairly typical attitude for single fathers, especially those who try to take an active part in raising their children. It often seems like the stakes are set against you.

However, there are a few things you can do to protect your parental rights legally. One of them is legitimation. Many people - especially those who only do a basic Google search on fathers' rights - confuse legitimation with paternity. In Georgia, these two processes are separate. Here's what you need to know.

Stepchild adoption in Georgia

It is beautiful when a family comes together. Adopting your stepchild can complete the process and show your commitment to the ones who depend on you.

The process does not require an attorney, but it is much easier with one. The steps have to be followed in order, and many different parties have to agree. But in the end it is often worth it for blended families that want to make it clear that they are spending the rest of their lives together.

Splitting up? Separation survival strategies for families

Even the most amicable of divorces brings with it some tension and emotional upheaval. You likely know deep down that ending your marriage is for the best, but the process itself is inevitably going to be a stressful one. With over 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, it may help to remind yourself that you're not alone in this situation, but sometimes, it can feel like there's no end in sight. This may be especially true if you and your ex share children.

The good news? While every relationship, every divorce and every child is different, there are some general coping strategies you can employ throughout the divorce process that might help both you and your kids make it through this stressful time to that brighter future you know is around the corner.

As the speed limit goes up, so do accidents

From TV commercials to movies to print ads, the message is pretty clear — faster is better. But is it safer? When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle, faster can be dangerous.

Speeding drivers cause thousands of deaths and injuries every year in Georgia. Even the safest, most cautious drivers are not immune to the risk of a driver going well-above the posted speed. Unfortunately, speed limits only seem to be on the rise with no indication of ever going back.

Vehicle violations a significant factor in truck crashes

Large trucks are a formidable presence on Georgia roads. Driving past one of these trucks on the interstate where vehicles travel at high rates of speed can be a terrifying experience.

Accidents involving tractor-trailers are often deadly and, in many cases, entirely out of the victim's control. Although truck driver fatigue is already well-understood as a contributing factor of fatal accidents, researchers recently pinned down another contributor -- faulty equipment.

Don't let child custody fears delay your divorce

Child custody is usually one of the top priorities for divorcing parents. Deciding how to split custody can be difficult and time consuming, especially during divorce, which is already an emotionally tumultuous time. You may be wondering if you will lose access to your child, or if your new norm will be dealing with unfair schedules that are difficult to manage.

Georgia family law provides guidance, but you still have a certain level of control over the matter. In many cases, parents can reach an agreeable arrangement while working with their respective counsels.

Getting a head start on custody schedules for Thanksgiving

When you began to think ahead to the life you and your children will share after your divorce, you may have had a thousand thoughts running through your mind. Where will they live? Should you sell your Georgia home? Which parent will share each major holiday with the kids? What do you do if a disagreement arises? These pertinent questions may have different answers for every family, depending on factors, such as what caused a divorce in the first place and what's best for the children involved.

You'll probably face several difficult challenges before it's all over and the court hands down its final orders. Before you head to court, however, you may be able to negotiate certain arrangements with your former spouse, eliminating the stress of having to air your differences in court. In fact, when it comes to many of the questions posed earlier in this post, you can come up with your own answers by writing a parenting plan.

Changes in life can bring spark a need to modify a custody order

As a parent, you probably consider the well-being of your children to be imperative. If you and the other parent decided to move in separate directions, chances are you might have sought to reach a child custody agreement with their best interests in mind.

Perhaps you and the other parent came to an acceptable agreement through negotiation. While this arrangement may have worked well in the beginning, a change in circumstances could bring about a need to pursue changes to the current parenting plan.

The basics of child custody in Georgia

Divorce brings with it a variety of issues, from property division to alimony and more. However, for divorcing parents in Georgia, most other aspects tend to pale in comparison to their primary concern:  child custody. Ending a marriage is stressful for everyone but there are added complications when children are involved, with both parents usually wanting what's best for the child but also scared of relinquishing parenting time or parental rights.

If you are in this situation, you may find it useful and reassuring to familiarize yourself with the child custody laws in Georgia so that you feel prepared and know a bit about what to expect, as this aspect of divorce, more than any other, may escalate quickly due to the heightened emotions often involved. Luckily, there are legal professionals who specialize in family law and can offer their guidance and representation.

Distraction is not limited to texting

A long commute can get boring quickly. If you drive the same route every day, you probably find your mind drifting or your attention wandering. To keep yourself occupied, you may turn on the radio or munch on a snack as you drive.

Like many other Georgia drivers, you may not even consider these activities to be forms of distracted driving, but a study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute showed that many activities can take a driver's attention from the road.

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