Menu Contact
Floyd Leopard, LLP
available 24 hours
800-785-6894
706-303-1874
Free Consultations
email our team
Our Practice Areas

Augusta Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

4 tips to help your children adjust to life after your divorce

Creating a nurturing environment for your children after a divorce can help them to thrive as they adjust to the new way of life. It isn't always easy to figure out what is going to encourage them to enjoy the way things are now. Often, parents need to use a multifaceted approach.

While you are figuring out what works for the kids, you might be discovering what you need to do for yourself. As you become accustomed to your new role as a single parent and your children adjust to the divorce, you will learn what works and what doesn't. Think about these points as a springboard to discovering the methods that work for your situation:

Start thinking about custody, school schedules and holidays now

Most kids in the United States have the summer off from school. The summer is often a time when families take vacations and enjoy the great outdoors.

For divorced families, the back-to-school season can be a source of conflict. It may have been easy to remain flexible about your family situation during the summer when your kids are available all day.

Dividing retirement accounts and adjusting plans in a GA divorce

Figuring out how to split up assets in a divorce is commonly a point of contention between spouses. Many times, people focus on dividing the house. After all, the marital home is probably the single biggest investment you have made during your marriage.

There are other valuable assets that you shouldn't overlook, including your retirement fund or pension. Many people have preconceived notions about what will happen to their retirement in a divorce, but many times those ideas are not based in reality.

You could go to jail or lose custody over marijuana in Georgia

Marijuana is experiencing a sort of cultural Renaissance. Not so long ago, people thought of this popular drug as the intoxicant of choice of burnouts and hippies. These days, however, you can see it dominating television shows, featured in action movies and enjoying newfound acceptance in pop culture in general.

It would be understandable for people in Georgia to believe that this change in attitude has resulted in relaxed laws, but that would be a mistake. The prohibition of marijuana is still in full force in the state of Georgia, and any violation of state laws regarding marijuana could result in serious criminal penalties. Educating yourself about state laws is critical to keeping yourself, and your family, safe.

There are many ways to financially prepare for divorce

There is more to a divorce than bringing an end to your marriage. You also need to consider the many ways this will change your financial life.

If you don't focus on your finances up front, you could find yourself in an even more difficult position in the future.

Follow these road trip safety tips this summer

Are you in the process of planning a summer road trip? It doesn't matter if you're traveling alone, or with your family or friends, nothing changes the fact that your safety is more important than anything else (even having a good time).

The last thing you want to do is spoil your road trip by being part of a motor vehicle accident. Here are some safety tips you can follow:

  • Get plenty of sleep before you embark on your journey. You don't want to drive drowsy, as this will increase the likelihood of an accident. You need to be 100 percent alert at all times.
  • Prepare for a breakdown. You hope this doesn't happen, but you know that something could go wrong while you're on the road. If you break down, you'll want to move your car to safety, set up flares, and then call for help. Make sure you pack all the safety equipment you may need in the event of a breakdown.
  • Don't let distractions get in your way. On a long road trip it's easy to let distractions creep into your vehicle. This includes things such as talking on the phone, turning around to see your children in the backseat or playing with the radio settings. Any distraction, even a small one, can cause an accident.
  • Never drink and drive. It goes without saying that this is one of the biggest mistakes a driver can make, but it's something that you can easily forget on a long trip. So, rather than order a beer when you stop to take a break, grab yourself a glass of water.

Sharing custody while protecting your rights as a parent

Choosing to live apart from the parent of your child is rarely an easy decision, whether it occurs through divorce or if you were never even formally in a relationship with the other parent. Finding the balance between sharing privileges and duties of parenting with another person while protecting one's own rights can be a difficult balance.

This is especially true when one parent does not respect the boundaries of the other parent's rights and attempts to exert control over the other parent's time with the child or their relationship to the child. If the behavior rises to the level of interfering with the parent's court ordered time with the child, then the court may step in.

Opioid addiction problems continue in Georgia

The most frequently prescribed drugs in the state of Georgia are opioids. Hydrocodone, a powerful opioid-based painkiller, is the most frequently prescribed drug of them all. This is unsettling news considering how devastatingly addictive the drug is. In fact, hydrocodone is so addictive that many people who regularly take the medication become addicted to it long after they require it for medical purposes.

This addiction results in the threat of criminal allegations against those who became physically addicted to these drugs due to no fault of their own -- simply as a result of following their doctors' recommendations.

Summer vacations: Making memories with your children

The end of the school year comes with the fun prospect of summer vacations for families. These are meant to be an enjoyable break from normal life. When you are divorced and have children, you might find that vacation takes on a new meaning. It is a time for you and your children to connect and make memories.

One aspect of this type of vacation that you need to remember is that your children might want to share the memories with their other parent. This is understandable, so make sure that you are prepared to help this happen. Here are some tips you might find useful on a vacation with children after a divorce:

4 signs that you should seriously consider divorce

Making the decision to divorce does not come easy for anyone. In fact, your reasons for staying together might actually outnumber your reasons for wanting to separate. However, even just one good reason to divorce might outweigh all those reasons for staying in an unhappy or unhealthy relationship. In addition, there are various challenges you will have to face, such as what to do with your Augusta house,

Staying in a bad marriage will have far worse consequences than ending it and moving on. If you are experiencing any of the following situations in your marriage, it might be one of several signs that you should divorce.