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Using positive reinforcement can benefit co-parenting situations

Life as a single parent isn't easy, but this is the reality for many people here in Georgia. For some people, being able to work closely with their ex as co-parents makes the situation a little better. These individuals usually put the children first and try to do what they can show the kids that they are loved and supported despite their parents' divorce.

Even when co-parents work together, there might still be conflicts. Remember that you're on the same team as your ex when it comes to the kids. Trying to find a solution that's best for the kids must remain a priority. This usually means that you remain focused on finding the answers to the problems instead of just placing the blame for them.

Surprising facts about divorce

When people decide to marry, they generally believe that they'll stay that way for the rest of their lives. Sadly, that isn't always the case. Many marriages end in divorce, something that has become commonplace and just a part of life. 

You may have heard that half of all marriages end in divorce, but that isn't accurate. Even if it was, there are so many complicated factors around people's reasons for divorcing that no one should ever feel ashamed for getting one. If you're considering getting divorced here in Georgia, there are several interesting facts about divorce you may find surprising.

What makes rural roads so much more dangerous than city ones?

You might think that roads that are in places like Evans where the population is fairly low are safer than other heavily trafficked Georgia ones. It turns out that the exact opposite is true though.

Research conducted by the National Public Radio (NPR) during the past decade revealed that rural roads are by far the more dangerous ones for a motorist to travel along.

Negotiating child custody requires teamwork with your co-parent

When you're going through a divorce, you have to think about how you will be able to care for the children. There are many factors that will come into the situation, but each one has to be considered according to how it will impact the children. One of the most important things you can do when you're trying to determine how to handle these situations is to set a parenting plan.

Many parents go through the negotiation process to come up with these terms. In order to make this happen, you must remember that the focus has to remain on the kids. You can't use this time as a way to get back at your ex for the things they did that led to the end of the marriage.

Georgia election marred by accusation of spousal spat

Have you ever noticed that people tell you to remain calm at all the wrong times? Sometimes, a request to smooth a mood is all we need to unleash on someone. However, if you're going through a divorce or even an argument with a spouse, you should actually remain calm no matter who tells you it's a good idea.

Emotions are always involved in divorces and separation, and many of them are hard to contain. But you always have a lot of reasons to not let them control you. If you have children, there's a big one right there. Children thrive in calm environments and tend to mirror their parents' adult traits. How do we expect kids to be calm when their parents cannot be?

3 suffer injuries in 2-truck wreck on 2-lane road

Truck accidents can have a significant, and immediate, impact on those involved. If someone is hurt or killed, their family, as well as the others involved in the incident, all have to live with what happened.

Fortunately, many truck crashes are preventable. All drivers need to do is to have good training, to pay attention to the road, to get enough sleep and to know when they need to pull over. When drivers make mistakes or don't stop driving when they need to, the outcome can be devastating.

Co-parenting isn't always easy, but a good attitude can help

Co-parenting is an arrangement that enables both parents to have an equal say in how the children are raised. It requires both adults to work as a team to make this happen, but it isn't always easy. You have to go into this situation with the purpose of remaining positive so that you can spread that attitude to the children.

The chances that you and your ex will agree on all points related to raising the children are slim. Acknowledging that there will be disagreements can help you plan for them. In order to do this, remember that you're each allowed to have your own opinions. The goal of communication when it comes to disagreements is to come up with a mutually agreeable solution that's in the child's best interests.

Does Georgia have a high rate of DUI arrests?

The consumption of alcohol is part of normal life for many adults. Most people drink responsibly and avoid driving after having any alcohol. However, there are times when a person may not realize just how much he or she has had to drink. There may even be times when authorities wrongly accuse people of intoxicated driving.

If you've ever faced a DUI arrest here in Georgia, you probably know how seriously the judicial system takes that offense. A conviction can mean jail time, probation, fines or license suspension, not to mention the damage done to your personal and professional reputation. All this might make you think that the Peach State has a high rate of intoxicated driving. However, a recent study shows that may not be the case. So, how do rates of DUI in Georgia compare to the rest of the nation?

A prenuptial agreement can provide asset protection

Those who are considering marriage in Georgia should be aware of a prenuptial agreement and how it can help them. What this agreement does is protect spouses in the event of a divorce by spelling out ahead of time what the terms of the property division are. This reduces some of the upheaval and discord that is associated with divorce and can give people peace of mind when entering into marriage.

A prenuptial agreement protects parties who are bringing significant assets into the marriage in the event of a divorce. This includes people who have family money or even those with assets of their own. For example, if someone owns a business or intends to start one, a prenuptial agreement will ensure that their business is not harmed by a divorce.

Traffic deaths went up where trucks hauled fracking wastewater

Industrial trucking traffic in rural areas in Georgia could increase traffic fatalities. A study of trucking accidents in the sparsely populated area of the Bakken Formation where trucks haul large amounts of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing wells to disposal sites showed an 8% rise in truck accident deaths on the roads near the wells.

A professor of agricultural and consumer economics studied accidents in the Bakken region from 2006 to 2014. She compared accidents to their proximity to hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" operations that involved high volumes of truck traffic. Fracking wells produce large amounts of wastewater contaminated with chemicals that oil and gas drillers send to disposal areas in trucks. The presence of wastewater trucks resulted in an additional 17 fatal wrecks every year.

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