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Financial planning for a second marriage

When people in Rhode Island decide to remarry, they may want to integrate lessons that they learned from an earlier marriage and divorce. Because financial issues can lead to so many conflicts, people may want to enter a second or later marriage with a clear financial plan in place. In addition, many people remarry at a later age, and both partners may bring with them significant assets as well as children from an earlier marriage. Statistics indicate that 40% of all marriages involve people who have been married at least once in the past.

Remarriage is particularly popular among older Americans. Around two-thirds of people aged 55 to 64 who have been married once before choose to remarry, an upswing from around half of that group 50 years ago. These people may want to embark on a new romantic adventure while still planning for their children and protecting their assets. As a result, a prenuptial agreement can be a wise choice for remarrying couples. By clearly laying out the differences between separate and marital property, people can help to avoid later costly disputes in a potential divorce. A prenup may also work hand-in-hand with an estate plan. Couples can designate the assets that they want to leave to their children as separate property in the prenup.

Be cautious on social media during your divorce

For many, social media is a daily part of their lives. Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter accounts and more may be some of the first things you check in the morning and some of the last you check at night. Whether you actively or passively participate in your social media networks, going through a divorce can complicate any sort of social media usage.

Whether you update your profile picture, post a status update or even comment on a friend's photo, anything you say in this public arena can potentially go against you. In a divorce, this can become particularly contentious when seeking child custody rights, ownership of significant assets, ownership of your Rhode Island home and more. Here are some tips on monitoring your social media usage throughout a divorce:

Do you suspect you are facing retaliation in the workplace?

You, like most other Rhode Island residents, want to go to work and enjoy your day. Unfortunately, you may not always feel as if your workplace is welcoming or that your superiors treat all workers fairly, including yourself. In fact, you may have concerns that your employer is actively mistreating you.

In some cases, employers, managers, supervisors or others in positions of power in a workplace may begin treating a worker unfavorably after the worker files a complaint or makes a certain request. If you believe this is happening to you, your employer or other higher-ups may be retaliating against you.

July 4 exceeds other holidays in terms of DUI fatalities

There are always more drunk drivers on the road during the holidays, but some holidays are deadlier than others. Rhode Island residents may especially want to avoid long road trips during the Fourth of July because this happens to be the worst holiday when it comes to drunk driving fatalities. NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System recorded 1,192 DUI fatalities between 2010 and 2017.

The DUI fatality rate came to 42.4 people per day on average. Memorial Day was the second deadliest holiday with 1,102 deaths during those eight years and a fatality rate of 39.5. This was followed by Labor Day with a rate of 38.1. This clearly shows why AAA calls the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the "100 deadliest days of summer."

Spotlight on “qui tam” whistleblower protections, rewards

Some employers in Rhode Island and nationally seek to portray so-called whistleblowers as opportunists and wrongdoers.

Conversely, the general public often regards them as notably brave and selfless individuals, even heroes.

Amazon accused of religious discrimination by Muslim workers

Amazon has become an online retailing giant, but workers at its distribution facilities in Rhode Island and elsewhere around the country have often complained about punishing schedules and harsh conditions. These claims have done little to hamper Amazon's explosive growth. However, three black Muslim Amazon employees have filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and it has the potential to be far more damaging to the retailer's reputation.

The three women claim that Amazon denies its black and Muslim workers opportunities for promotion and assigns them less pleasant tasks to perform. When Somali and East African employees protested on December 14 about perceived favoritism shown to white workers, the women allege Amazon responded by giving them written warnings and even more onerous assignments. The women also say Amazon has no tolerance for their faith, and even taking a few minutes to pray could result in disciplinary action. The nonprofit group Muslim Advocates is supporting the women.

Newly-licensed teens more likely to crash

Rhode Island teenagers have an increased chance of getting into an accident during the first three months of having a driver's license, according to a study. The study was conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health.

Traditional marriages may fail when wives earn more money

Many relationships in Rhode Island may run into trouble if a wife makes more money than the husband. Men have been the traditional breadwinners throughout history. Consequently, a woman who earns a high income could make her husband feel anxious. While some men accept the fact that their wives earn higher salaries, others let the issue permeate and morph into bigger problems.

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