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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.

Do these things to succeed at co-parenting

Let's face it: Co-parenting is every bit as difficult as it sounds. Even if you have a plan in place, you know that things can and probably will go wrong every now and again.

The best thing you can do is rely on your parenting agreement to keep you on the right track. This is no guarantee that you will never run into trouble, but it can at least give you some peace of mind.

Could legal marijuana in Georgia be further away than we think?

In the wake of numerous states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational purposes, one might assume that Georgia would be in the line-up to join the bandwagon. However, the legalization of pot in our state could be further away than you think.

With the Justice Department's recent rescinding of the Obama-era "hands-off approach" to federal marijuana law enforcement, states that have not already legalized the drug could be less eager to do so.

Support the psychological health of your kids during divorce

Your children are the most precious parts of your life, and this is why you're probably concerned -- and maybe even terrified -- about how your divorce will affect them. In fact, some parents are so frightened about this topic that they delay and avoid their divorce, and endure a toxic relationship that should have ended years ago.

Regardless of your situation, if you're worried about your children and whether your divorce will affect them negatively, that's a good thing. It's a sign that you're an attentive parent who cares. It's also a sign that you'll do whatever you can to support the psychological health of your kids before, during and after the dissolution of your marriage.