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Despite Predictions Otherwise, Divorce Rates Went Down
A study out of Bowling Green State University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research contradicts what most expected during the pandemic, divorce rates went down, not up.
After analyzing 5 states divorce and marriage statistics from March 2020 to September 2020, the research concluded that the US had an estimated shortfall of both marriage and divorce.
Not to say couples are happy, but appears they are staying together during the pandemic for practical reasons.
Divorces can get expensive, especially with custody matters, alimony, and asset division. Due to loss of jobs or daycare and school closures many are facing uncertainty and may be waiting until normalcy before making a big decision such as divorce.
Why This Matters To You:
It’s true, we really can get along with each other. At least for the time being, as we continue to wade through a global pandemic.
But, maybe playing the waiting game isn’t the right move. Some divorces or separations are not complicated. When there are no kids, property, or assets a divorce can be quickly taken care of with a minor expense.
The possibility of the pandemic causing a major strain and stress on the relationship is real, but what if time apart can lead to a better relationship in the future? Maybe a separation is right for that couple.
COVID-19 may have just interrupted the process, too. Jury trials are not being conducted, but family court matters are still going forward. The decision ultimately comes down to, “Is this the right time?”
They say timing is everything, so the time to have a serious conversation with a spouse may be now and not after the pandemic.
A former community liaison to Baltimore City Council has been charged with perjury. Maryland State Prosecutors claim the defendant took payments from community groups, but she failed to disclose the money.
The payments go back to 2017 when she ran for a city council spot. She allegedly omitted those payments from the financial disclosure forms for the campaign.
Three Maryland prison employees face theft and bribery charges in connection to a kickback scheme involving unearned overtime pay.
Two of the employees were guards while the third worked as a payroll technician. The two guards were allegedly paid for overtime work they never performed while the payroll tech supposedly got a cut of the money for altering the time cards.
Roughly $60,000 is alleged to been stolen in the scheme. The indictment included text messages which prosecutors claim document the fraud.
Two of the three defendants have been released on bond, while the third is still awaiting their initial court appearance.
Why This Matters To You:
Working for a living requires a job and someone to pay us for that job. We agree upon an amount to be paid at the time of our hiring with the employer. Those payments can increase through bonuses, performance-based increases, or promotion.
We all want to make more money, of course. Normally to do, so we learn a new skill, change jobs, or switch careers. Sometimes our employers offer overtime hours, which lead to extra income.
Did these employees truly scheme together to work the system and defraud? Was the overtime worked?
These are questions the prosecution must answer to prove a crime.
The hours could have been entered incorrectly by the guards and the payroll tech had to adjust to correct their pay.
After all, people forget to clock in and out all the time.
A Cockeysville business’s "open" flag can fly no more. Facing a $500 fine and a court summons has the owner confused.
The flag is meant to let people know the business is open and has been out front for seven years, but BaltimoreCounty told the owner she needed a permit to fly a flag in a commercial district.
When the owner went to get the permit, she was told it only lasted 60 days and the flag would then have to come down.
But, up and down the stretch of York Road where her business sits, there are dozens of businesses flying similar flags with no issue.
In the meantime, the owner found a legal loophole to keep the flag flying in front of her business. The flag now flies on her car ... while parked in front of the store.
Why This Matters To You:
The pandemic has been an extremely difficult time for business. Letting people know you are open for business is important.
All the quarantines and restrictions lead to questions about if a shop is still open, in business, or temporarily closed.
Having an open flag waving in the breeze out in front of the establishment is a clear indicator that business is going on.
They are everywhere! Practically every shopping plaza and strip mall has a few flapping in the wind.
COVID-19 hit small business hard and you would think that the county would want to help businesses stay open. Fining them and taking them to court over something as insignificant as an open flag seems counter intuitive.
Why then is one business not allowed to do so when others clearly are? Do the other shopping centers fall outside of the commercial district? And, why wait seven years before issuing a citation?
This business owner is one smart cookie. She dug into the law and found a way to keep that flag flying, for now.
Hopefully, the flag stays up without any further questionable reasons it should come down.
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