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Author Archives: Correy Stephenson, BridgeTower Media Newswires

As economy rebounds, so does divorce (access required)

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In 2009, family law practitioners were worried. The phones were quiet and new clients were walking through the door with less frequency. The Great Recession was so bad, couples were actually waiting to divorce. With 401(k) plans and stocks low and some houses so underwater they were basically upside down, even the most incompatible couples could not afford to establish two separate households.

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Changes to psychiatric association diagnostic manual will impact litigation (access required)

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Changes in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual are likely to have an impact in the courtroom. The fifth iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – better known as DSM-5 – updated existed diagnoses, including a broadened definition of post-traumatic stress disorder; added new diagnoses; and eliminated disorders that appeared in previous editions, such as Asperger’s syndrome.

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Unpaid interns can cost employers who break labor department rules (access required)

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Summertime has arrived with all of its accompaniments: warmer weather, longer days and interns. Many employers rely on unpaid interns for summer help without realizing how employment law applies to them and the intern. “Employers need to look very closely at whether or not to use unpaid interns,” cautioned Matthew S. Disbrow of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit. “Having an intern in and of itself is not a problem — just when the intern is not paid.”

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