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Divorce Rates Rise After Winter and Summer Breaks

Mark Mandell, Esq.

A recent study found a spike in divorce rates following the winter and summer breaks. An analysis of divorce filings from 2001 to 2015 showed peak filings in the months of March and August.

While it is difficult to pinpoint the cause behind these results, anecdotal evidence suggests the winter and summer holidays may be used as a sort of rejuvenation period for rocky marriages. Partners who feel uneasy about their marriages but are unsure how to address the issue hope the joy that comes with the holidays will turn things around. When no turning point arrives, unhappy partners react by filing a divorce petition.

How Will the Legalization of Marijuana Impact Michigan's Operating While Intoxicated and Open Intoxicant Statutes?

Mark Mandell, Esq.

In November of this year, Michigan residents heading to the polls may have the opportunity to vote on the Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative. This measure legalizes the recreational use and possession of marijuana for persons 21 and older and imposes a tax on the sale of marijuana. Importantly, however, the initiative does not legalize operating a vehicle while using or under the influence of marijuana. In other words, Michigan's Operating While Intoxicated and Open Intoxicant statutes will apply to marijuana just as they do to alcohol.

Local Agencies Urge EPA to Take Action on Great Lakes

Paul Bohn, Esq.

It's undeniable that toxic algae blooms can pose a major threat to the health of our Great Lakes. Officials acknowledge something must be done, but it's the solution that causes disagreement. Communities that rely on Lake Erie for drinking water, tourism, and recreational activities believe the federal government should respond.

Illegal Recording Device Could Land Mother in Prison

Thumbnail image for 1024px-Zoom_H4n_audio_recording_levels.jpgJim Fausone, Esq.

Bullying prevention awareness has increased over the last several years, but efforts to eliminate it still often fall short. A mother of a 9-year-old in Virginia decided to take matters into her own hands. After her daughter complained of being bullied, Sarah Sims of Norfolk, VA., placed a digital audio recorder in her daughter's backpack.

Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules against Yahoo

2000px-Yahoo_Logo.svg.pngJim Fausone, Esq.

An important issue was addressed in a Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in October. The court ruled against Yahoo and in favor of the two representatives of a deceased man's estate. In 2006, the two personal representatives attempted to recover access to decedent's email account, only to be denied by Yahoo.

Enbridge Deal Promises to Improve Oil Pipeline Safety

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian oil transport company Enbridge Inc. announced an agreement intended to improve the safety of the twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. The pipeline is important to the tourist industry, as well as the Great Lakes environment. The public has voiced safety concerns, and Snyder is listening.

Will Bans on Salary History Questions Equalize Pay Gap?

Jim Fausone, Esq.

The pay gap between male and female has been a controversial subject between many for years. Several states, cities, and counties have passed new legislation purportedly designed to bridge the gap. Asking potential job candidates about their salary history in previous positions has been a standard way to set new salaries for many companies. New legislation looks to bar companies from asking that question so as not to perpetuate salary disparity.

What Is a Federal Grand Jury?

Mark Mandell, Esq.

If you ask someone outside the legal realm what exactly a "federal grand jury" is, he or she will likely explain it's a jury for a "grand, federal" type of case. While this wouldn't technically be incorrect, it is far too imprecise. Given the deeply rooted prominence of the federal grand jury in the United States legal system (not to mention how often it appears in news headlines), it is important for the average citizen to understand the purpose and function of this legal structure.

Michigan's Wetland Wonders

Paul Bohn, Esq.

Fall brings about many changes to the environment, especially in Michigan, allowing for a great opportunity to explore the wildlife. Michigan has many Wetland Wonders scattered across the southern portion of the state. These areas offer excellent wildlife viewing, bird watching, paddling, and hiking opportunities. These areas give Michiganders an opportunity to experience nature up close.

Drones Are Taking Over Human Insurance Inspection

Paul Bohn, Esq.

While drones are becoming increasingly popular for recreational use, they are also entering the market in a more practical fashion - insurance evaluations. The long, irritating process involving home or car insurance claims is being accelerated by the use of drones. Traditionally, an insurance claim begins with the customer contacting the insurance company, waiting for a representative to inspect the damage, and within what could span several weeks, receive their reimbursement.

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