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February 2018 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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