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Movement to Open Adoption Records Boosted in Ohio

A movement to open adoption records that began in the 1990s recently got a major boost. On December 19, 2013, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill that is set to open adoption records for hundreds of thousands of adopted

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Social Security Administration to Implement Major Changes to Disability Insurance

The beneficiary rolls of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program are increasing rapidly, as is public and legislative scrutiny over the process. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is making major changes. A recent article on the Wall Street Journal’s

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Why Are Baby Boomer Divorces Surging As Overall Divorce Rates Decline?

There is good news and bad news in the world of marriage and divorce. The good news: the divorce rate in the U.S. has fallen to just above 40 percent after years of a 50 percent plateau. The bad: that

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NHTSA Announces 5 to Drive Campaign to Help Parents Instill Safe Driving Habits in Teens

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a new safety campaign to reduce the rate of fatal auto accidents among teenage drivers. The campaign, called “5 to Drive,” encourages parents to discuss one safety topic each day with

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In Many Divorces, Hiring Experts is Key

If you think divorce may be in your future, you probably understand the difference that hiring an experienced attorney will make for your case. The process will almost certainly be faster and easier, will produce a better end result, and

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How to Protect your Finances When Considering Divorce

When you and your spouse are contemplating separation or divorce, it is important to consider specific actions to safeguard your assets from dissipation by your spouse. The likelihood of your spouse taking actions against which you must protect yourself must

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Reallocate Payroll Taxes to Shore Up Social Security Disability Trust Fund

In American politics, partisan gridlock is the norm. It is therefore not terribly surprising that Congress has so far delayed reforming Social Security for retirees. After all, reforms to extend the program’s solvency would require increases to payroll taxes, cuts

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Amid Rising Pedestrian Fatality Rates, Federal Agencies Unveil Grants and Online Tools for Safety Initiatives

A recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) covering auto accidents involving pedestrians shows that in 2011, for the second year in a row, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased from the year before. In response, the

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Unmarried Cohabitation is on the Rise, but Even ‘Nearlyweds’ Need Legal Protections

Marriage rates in the United States have been declining for years. A recently-released study from the National Center for Marriage and Family Research at Bowling Green State University found that the marriage rate is 31.1 per 1,000 unmarried women. In

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Postnuptial Agreements Fill Prenup Need for Married Couples

Prenuptial agreements, or “prenups,” have become increasingly popular over the years. A large portion of marriages end in divorce, and too many divorces result in lengthy court battles over alimony and the division of assets. Properly executed, prenuptial agreements prevent

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