April 2019 Archives

Equitable division of property for stay-at-home parents

When Georgia couples get divorced, they are supposed to divide property equitably. This could mean that the contributions of each spouse will be considered when a court decides how to divide property. It can be difficult to determine these contributions if one partner was a stay-at-home parent.

Why are divorce rates falling for millennials?

Most couples who decide to marry likely don't believe they'll ever divorce. Unfortunately, that is an all-too-real possibility for many people. Though some statistics in the past have claimed that half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, more recent studies are finding that the divorce rate is falling. Though that sounds promising, experts warn that the reasons for the drop may not be positive.

Drivers face many distractions behind the wheel

A Root Insurance study revealed that most people in Georgia and throughout the country don't like it when other people engage in distracted driving. However, it also discovered that most people admit to using their smartphones while driving. Group chats, looking at social media and watching videos on a phone were listed at the top three distractions by 99% of respondents. On average, those who participated in the survey said that they spent 91 minutes a week on their phone while driving.

Georgia Supreme Court ruling affects breath tests in DUI cases

A recent ruling from the state's highest court was cited by the Hall County solicitor general when she reduced a man's original DUI charge to reckless driving. She said that the elimination of the breath test option when police officers pull over drivers suspected of intoxication limited the evidence available in the drunk driving case against a former Gainesville police officer.

Joint custody becoming more common

While joint physical custody is still not the norm in Georgia, it is becoming increasingly common. In the past, mothers were almost always granted full custody of their children, and the fathers would receive minimal visitation time. That has changed as society's view of parenting roles have likewise changed.

What are common predictors of divorce?

People approaching marriage often get a great deal of advice on how to make their union last. There is no shortage of folks who think they've got it all figured out when it comes to wedded bliss. Generally, they all mean well, though they may not really have a grasp on what makes a great marriage.

Americans continue to drive while distracted

Despite the fact that people in Georgia and across the country know that it is dangerous to drive while texting or otherwise distracted, almost 80 percent of Americans continue to report that they chat on the phone while driving. In addition, over 30 percent admit that they have narrowly avoided a car accident due to their own distraction. Further, many drivers are expected to remain in touch with their employers even while behind the wheel.