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Safety tips for bicyclists to avoid being in a crash

Bicyclists have the right to share the road with cars and other motor vehicles. However, riding in traffic can be a risky endeavor. As a bicyclist, you stand to suffer serious injury—or even death—in the event of a crash.

While crashes aren’t unavoidable, there are certain steps you can take to ride defensively and enhance your safety on the road:

Can a change in circumstance lead to a change in alimony?

Your alimony arrangement doesn’t have to last forever. Certain types of life changes can make you eligible for an alimony modification.

Today we examine five common changes in circumstance that could make a court decide to increase, reduce or terminate your alimony:

Discrimination suit: refugee adoption by same-sex couple banned

Fatma Marouf is a law professor in Texas, specializing in immigration and refugee law. She travels around the country, giving lectures and engaging in other activities to support refugee rights. It was through this work that Marouf became aware of an unadvertised refugee issue: that there were many unaccompanied refugee children in the U.S. who were in need of homes.

Marouf and her wife decided they wanted to help. They submitted an application to foster a refugee child to the local agency in charge of placing refugee children: Catholic Charities of Forth Worth. The organization denied their application on the grounds that same-sex marriage goes against the tenants of the Catholic religion.

Dealing with financial dishonesty during divorce

Infidelity is often given as a reason for getting divorced. As it turns out, infidelity is not limited to the bedroom. A recent survey finds that many people consider financial infidelity to be just as serious as physical or emotional adultery. Thirty-one percent of survey respondents affirmed that hiding assets like credit card accounts, bank accounts, investments and other assets from a spouse or partner is actually worse than physical cheating.

Ironically, a separate study conducted by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that 40 percent of people admit to hiding purchases, bills, earnings, savings or personal debt from a partner. While it is nice to think that surprising a sweetheart with a vacation or expensive gift motivates such secrecy, more often than not, hidden assets are rarely happy surprises.

What is the process of adopting my stepchild in North Carolina?

Last year was a pivotal time in your life. You met a wonderful woman, and you couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your life without her. Then you met her beautiful daughter, and you thought the same thing. You got married, and the three of you became a family—at least emotionally, if not legally.

But now you want to make it official. You want to become your step-daughter’s dad in the eyes of the law. What do you need to know?

Can my military status hurt my chances for child custody?

Being in the military can lead to a somewhat unpredictable lifestyle. You might be deployed overseas at the drop of a hat, or you could be restationed to another state. When you add divorce--and child custody--into the mix, things get a bit more complicated.

Normally, one parent moving to another state with their child would be a violation of child custody regulations. In determining child custody, courts will generally consider what arrangement is in the best interest of the child. Because the case for moving a child (perhaps frequently) may be hard to make, many military parents fear that their possibility of reassignment to another geographic region will make them appear less suitable for primary custody in the eyes of the court.

Federal judge allows lawsuit against Applebee’s mandatory tipping

Former customers at a string of New York City-based Applebee’s restaurants are suing over a forced tipping system, which the plaintiffs argue should be voluntary. At the restaurants in question, customers pay using an at-table, digital payment system, which forces customers to pay a minimum tip of 15–18 percent (based on the restaurant)—with neither an opt-out option nor an opportunity to designate a smaller amount.

While the restaurant menus indicate that prices do not take taxes and gratuity into account, the plaintiffs claim the restaurant did not properly disclose the tipping system. They are suing for false advertising, unfair business practices, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

What you should know when you have an accident in a rental car

Getting into a car accident is always a stressful experience. Immediately following a crash, you probably know to call the police, exchange insurance information with the other party and take relevant photos of the accident scene.

Later on, when it’s time to sort out the insurance details with your provider, things become a bit more complicated if you were driving a rental car. Here are some basic steps to follow:

Prenups on the rise among millennials

The millennial generation—the subset of the population born between 1981 and 1997—is approaching marriage differently than in previous generations. It’s preparing for the possibility of divorce.

Recent years have seen a spike in prenuptial agreements among millennials. A prenuptial agreement (commonly called a prenup) is a contract made by a couple prior to getting married which lays out the specifics of property division and financial responsibility in the event that the marriage fails.

Can a postnuptial agreement be good for your marriage?

You’ve probably heard of a prenuptial agreement—a contract a couple makes prior to wedding that defines the way in which property will be distributed in the event of a divorce. Many people have preconceived notions about such an agreement, believing it indicates a couple’s lack of trust in each other or certainty that the marriage will last.

A postnuptial agreement is a less widely known type of marriage contract. Unlike a prenup, it is an agreement that is made between two spouses after they’re already married. The interesting thing with postnups is they have been shown to actually help a relationship that’s on the rocks.

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