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March 2015 Archives

Two juveniles arrested in connection with downtown St. Patrick's Day riot

There's a saying that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and cities across the U.S. often have parades and other fun events to celebrate the holiday. According to the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association, the city's St. Patrick's Day parade tradition dates back to 1969 and today is considered a fun family event.

How to limit the IRS' share of your divorce settlement

Divorce signals numerous changes in an individual’s life. In addition to changes to one's living situation child custody arrangements and personal finances; individuals going through the divorce process would also be wise to understand the possible tax implications related to the division of certain assets.

Recent indictments show strength of state's synthetic drug law

In the mid to late 2000s, so-called synthetic drugs became popular in the United States. Marketed and legally sold at head shops under names like spice and bath salts, the drugs were manufactured to provide users with a high similar to illegal drugs like marijuana, LSD and methamphetamines.

Are U.S. doctors are more likely to divorce?

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2008, roughly 14,250 physicians were licensed and working at medical clinics and hospitals throughout the state. Home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Minnesota is home to some of the most well-respected and highest compensated of all U.S. physicians.

Is mediation the right fit for you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse?

Historically, the divorce process has by nature been adversarial. While most divorces likely result from disputes and differences between spouses, this doesn't mean that the actual divorce process needs to become an all out war.

Use and abuse of prescription drugs continues to plague schools and communities

When most people hear about a drug-related arrest, illegal drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine often spring to mind. However, while the use of these more traditional illegal drugs is declining in the U.S., the abuse of prescription drugs is increasing. Factors contributing to this increase include the fact that, for many Americans, prescription drugs are more readily available. Additionally, because they are legal and prescribed by a physician, there's a false belief among many that prescription drugs are safe.

Unmarried parents face unique legal challenges

For many residents in and around the Twin Cities metropolitan area, family is very important. Increasingly, the compositions of today’s families are very different from those of 40 or more years ago. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40 percent of children who are born in the U.S. are born to unmarried women. With these kinds of changes to the traditional family structure, come certain legal challenges related to numerous various family law issues.

Drug cases require individualized approach

Everyone makes mistakes and it’s from these mistakes that we learn and grow. In cases where one's mistakes involve the possession, use or sale of illegal drugs; the resulting consequences can be especially punitive. Despite calls for reform, current state and federal drug laws remain harsh and prosecutors may seek to make an example of even first-time and low-level offenders and push for the maximum sentence and penalties.

When it comes to household finances, are you and your spouse equals?

All married couples disagree and argue about things. However, according to a 2013 Kansas State University study, money is by far the topic that couples argue about most and, in some cases, arguments about finances can ultimately ruin a marriage.

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