June 2015 Archives

Why self-care is especially important for women both during and after a divorce

These days, it seems that every time you pick up a magazine or turn on the television there's an article or segment about how to reduce stress in one's life. While it's virtually impossible to avoid stress altogether, researchers have found that when an individual is under stress, he or she excretes elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Overtime, increased and elevated levels of cortisol have been linked to a myriad of adverse health side-effects including heart attacks.

Change in MN DWI laws, signals stiffer penalties

Summer in Minnesota is hard to beat as winter-weary residents emerge from their homes to gather with family and friends and head out to enjoy barbeques, festivals and time at the cabin and lake. For many Minnesota residents, these summer traditions are often enjoyed while having an alcoholic beverage or two.

Why a spouse's job may actually reduce the likelihood that he or she will stray

Prior to the women's liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s, many U.S. women fulfilled the roles of homemakers and stay-at-home moms. Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that more than 57 percent of women age 16 and older work outside the home and a record number report earning more than a spouse or being the sole breadwinners in their households.

Judge's ruling considered a win for those committed to Minnesota's Sex Offender Program

In January, we discussed the growing controversy over Minnesota's handling of individuals who are convicted of sexual offenses and Minnesota's Sex Offender Program. At that time, several convicted sex offenders who were confined to one of the state's two sex offender treatment facilities, were about to have their day in court as they raised questions about the constitutionality of the MSOP.

CDC: majority of unwed U.S. mothers are co-habitating with partner

In decades past, for many people who heard the term unwed mother, the image of a young, poor and uneducated woman readily sprang to mind. Today, research indicates that not only are more women intentionally choosing to become unwed mothers, but those that do so tend to be older, wealthier and more educated.

Are high bail amounts unconstitutional?

In recent months and years, the criminal justice system in the U.S. has been the target of much scrutiny and debate. According to the nonprofit, The Sentencing Project, as of 2013 the U.S. rate of incarnation had increased 500 percent since the 1980s; making the U.S. by far the "world's leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation's prisons or jails."

Are you and a spouse headed towards divorce?

Many social scientists, sociologists and researchers devote their lives to studying human behavior and attempting to figure out why and how, as human beings, we behave and make decisions. With the U.S. divorce rate consistently hovering around the 50 percent mark, the relationships between spouses is a popular research topic.

How parental alienation harms a child

Most divorced or separated parents would likely admit to experiencing difficulties when attempting to sort out child custody matters with an ex. Child custody issues are often highly emotional and can quickly escalate if parents aren't able to communicate effectively. In these types of cases, a child is the ultimate loser and he or she may be negatively impacted in a number of ways.

Drugged driving charges in Minnesota carry stiff criminal penalties

Minneapolis area drivers are likely aware of the many and significant criminal penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction. Less discussed, however, are the penalties associated with drugged driving.

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