November 2018 Archives

Truck driver charged in connection with fatal Georgia accident

The man behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer that was involved in a fatal accident in Georgia on the evening of Nov. 19 has been charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree and failure to yield. According to the Dade County Sheriff's Office, both of the charges are misdemeanors. The accident, which took place on the southbound lanes of Interstate 59, claimed the life of one road user and left two others injured.

The First Step Act takes aim at federal sentencing inequalities

Civil rights groups in Georgia and around the country have long called for the criminal justice system to be reformed, and President Trump has vowed to heed those calls by signing the First Step Act should the bipartisan bill make its way to his desk. The bill is expected to be opposed by from both sides of the political aisle. Conservative Republicans feel that more lenient sentences encourage criminal activity and endanger the public, and some Democrats have attacked the bill for providing what they see as little more than cosmetic solutions to complex and systemic problems.

Child support, custody could be a problem for some fathers

Some divorced or unmarried fathers in Georgia may not be able to pay the child support they have been assigned. In some cases, the mother may have filed a protective order against the father that prevents him from seeing their children. In other cases, a father might need to establish paternity.

Avoid car crashes in excessive sunlight

Drivers in Georgia may face an unexpected danger on their morning and afternoon commutes: the loss of visibility created by excessively bright sunlight. While few drivers link sunny days to a dangerous driving situation, the risk of a serious car accident is 16 percent greater in bright sunlight than in average weather conditions. The glare that comes from a rising or setting sun can make drivers uncomfortable; they may squint or even close their eyes to avoid the bright light, leading to risky situations. By keeping the following tips in mind, drivers can help to stay safe in bright sun.

Why temporary custody can make sense

Parents in Georgia or anywhere else in the United States may be able to give custody of their children to another party on a temporary basis. For instance, parents who have unusual work hours may hand their child over to a grandparent or a trusted friend. Parents who may not have the money to take care of a child may also decide to temporarily relinquish custody.

What parents can do if denied visitation rights

A noncustodial parent in Georgia may be denied visitation rights by a court or the other parent. The former situation is rare although it may happen if a judge believes that a parent puts a child in danger. Courts might also order supervised visitation in which someone else must be present with the parent and child. If either of these situations occurs, the parent should comply with any court orders, such as getting treatment for substance abuse. The parent may also want to get an attorney.

Cohabitation can cause some marriages to crumble

Couples in Georgia may feel the impact of the premarital cohabitation effect if they live together before marriage. While scientists had doubted that this effect still existed, research says that it still applies over long periods of time. However, researchers did acknowledge that there is a greater risk of divorce in the short-term for those who didn't live together prior to getting married. This is because they may have a greater adjustment to make as it relates to sharing a living space.