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In a 'gray divorce,' it may make sense to cash out of the home

According to the Society of Actuaries, half of women and a third of men who are now in their 50s will live to be 90. Among married people, there is a 50-percent chance that one of the spouses will live to 92. That means that many people who marry at 30 will be together for 60 or more years. If you're not in a happy marriage, that can seem like a very long time.

The increase in longevity is probably one reason for the recent surge in so-called "gray divorce," or people getting divorced after 50. A recent survey of members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers estimated a 64-percent increase in such divorces. It also looked into the top areas of dispute in such cases, finding:

Avoiding jail time after a DUI charge

In Georgia, drunk driving is a common offense. In fact, roughly 20,000 state residents are arrested on DUI charges each year. Because related accidents lead to hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries, law enforcement officers tend to be tough on impaired drivers. Legal penalties include jail time, court fees, and the suspension of one's driver's license.

There are other - worse - consequences, too. The establishment of a criminal record can make it difficult to find suitable housing or employment. One's professional license may be revoked. Students can lose scholarship funding and financial aid. Moreover, recent research indicates that many people suffer terribly from the stigma associated with arrests and imprisonment. Those convicted become vulnerable to anxiety and depression, and have a difficult time carrying themselves with confidence in their communities.

Civilians and authorities alike have questioned whether the current system is adequate. Simply put, many wonder if there is a better approach to punishing DUI offenses.

Can police require you to use Apple Face ID to open your phone?

It's hard to imagine. Suppose you were arrested under suspicion of buying or selling drugs. The police might want to search the contents of your cellphone for evidence of the deal. Even if they obtained a search warrant, however, they might run into a new technological barrier in the form of Apple's Face ID.

Face ID allows the owner of an Apple device with iOS 11 to unlock the phone merely by looking at it. Once the recognized owner looks away, the phone locks back up.

U.S. Supreme Court: More leniency for juvenile offenders

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court recognize that juvenile offenders should not be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole except in the "rare" instances where a "crime reflects irreparable corruption."

But as of this summer, more than 2,300 inmates around the country are serving lifetime sentences for crimes they committed as minors. More than 7,000 additional individuals are serving "virtual" life sentences, wherein their mandated prison terms extend beyond the typical human life span.

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. 

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