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4 myths you may believe about asset division in a Georgia divorce

Watching legal shows on TV, reading about celebrities getting divorced, and surfing the internet for information aren't necessarily good ways to learn about the law. The best source of information about divorce and family law is a lawyer.

Unfortunately, the information age has led to an explosion of information -- both accurate and inaccurate. How many of these myths do you believe?

Georgia, other states pass state-level immigration laws

In response to changes in immigration policy from the Trump Administration, the legislatures of 42 states and the District of Columbia are passing their own immigration measures. A total of 133 new immigration laws and resolutions have been passed at the state level this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Immigrant Policy Project. That’s nearly twice as many as last year.

“You’re seeing legislation that comes up because the feds haven’t fixed the issue, so states are trying to find ways around that,” said a state senator from Nevada.

What kind of juvenile crimes increase in the summer?

It shouldn't be surprising that crime among juveniles increases during the summer. As one Columbia County, Georgia, judge notes, kids are out of school, often unattended by parents or other adults, and frequently bored.

Many juvenile arrests involve alcohol. As the judge explains, arrests for underage drinking increase during the summer months "because if you have alcohol in your house…and children are home….[T]heir friends will talk them into trying alcohol."

How do I establish paternity in Georgia?

There are numerous cases of unwed mothers having babies in Norcross. In these situations, the mother may have a hard time collecting child support from the father if he or she does not voluntarily step forward and agree that he is the father of the child. In these cases, the mother will need to establish the paternity of the father in question.

The results of a mandatory, court-ordered paternity test will support a mother in receiving child support from the biological father in question. If the paternity test fails to prove that the man in question was the father, however, the mother will be responsible for paying the fee for the test which could be between $29.95 and $88.95. If the man is proved to be the father, on the other hand, then the man will be responsible to pay this fee. Mothers receiving Family Medicaid or TANF will not be charged this feel.

Court ruling could help get immigrant kids out of detention

Tens of thousands of those who have entered the U.S. illegally in recent years are children unaccompanied by parents. Many of these kids are fleeing Central American countries such as Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They are seeking to escape the rampant drug and gang violence of their homelands.

The question of what happens to those children once they reach the U.S. and are detained by federal authorities has been a controversial one. Most are placed with family members already in the country so that they can go to school while waiting for their cases to be decided in the immigration court system.

In Georgia, it's not easy for fathers to secure parental rights

If a father wishes to establish his parental rights to a son or daughter born out of wedlock, he must follow every step of a legal process to legitimate the child. Simply put, without legitimation, the father will have no custody or visitation rights, and the child will be unable to inherit any of the father's assets unless complex arrangements are made.

Unfortunately, many parents are unaware that legitimation is necessary. Others may understand that it's important, but fail to carry out the process correctly - it's easy to make mistakes. This is why it's so important to work with a qualified and experienced lawyer who can make sure all the required measures are taken. 

How Gwinnett County's drug court can help you with your addiction

Ask any proponent of legal reform and they'll tell you that by far one of the biggest problems is that it punishes more than it rehabilitates. Over the past few years, though, more alternative sentencing programs such as drug, mental health, DUI and veteran's courts have began emerging. They have as a goal to reduce recidivism by getting defendants the help they so desperately need.

Fortunately, defendants who are arrested for crimes in Gwinnett County have many different options when it comes to them avoiding being left with a long term mark on their record. For defendants with drug abuse issues, it's possible for them to be allowed to have their case handled through the county's drug courts.

The added challenges in 'gay gray divorce'

Although "gray divorce" has become increasingly common, it can be complicated -- particularly for long-married couples who don't have a prenuptial agreement. They're likely to have years and perhaps decades of commingled assets and debts to divide up.

Obtaining adequate spousal support is also crucial for a spouse who has been out of the workforce for many years. It's not easy to get back into the workforce when you're in your 50s or older, and Social Security benefits may still be some years in the future.

'Dreamers' face an uncertain future in the current administration

People who were brought to this country as young children by parents who immigrated illegally may have breathed a tentative sigh of relief this month amid reports that President Trump was not going to move at this time to deport "Dreamers" and that they could continue to get work permits.

Dreamers is the name widely used for those who qualified to remain in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That program was implemented by President Obama.

Discussing juvenile crimes and the legal process

A lot of the discussion that surrounds criminal activity centers on the devastating impact that these criminal charges can have on the accused individual. There’s jail time and fines, a criminal record that must be accounted for, and myriad other consequences that can afflict someone who is accused of or convicted of a crime. These are serious matters that any accused person needs to consider when they are arrested or their case goes to trial.

But all of these concerns also apply to juveniles who are accused of a crime. The juvenile legal process is different to the one that adults face, but it can still cause a person’s future to become clouded.

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