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Is It Divorce Season Yet?

Love comes and goes, and it’s easy to think that relationships end when the people in them decide to go their separate ways. But researchers seem to have stumbled upon a seasonal schedule to breakups.

A new report based on 15 years of divorce data noted two seasonal spikes in divorce rates and found “they consistently peaked in March and August, the periods following winter and summer holidays.” Are people escaping their marriages along with the winter doldrums every spring? Are they dreading another year of in-laws during Thanksgiving and Christmas? Here’s a closer look at the study.

Perhaps the only thing worse than thinking your spouse might be stepping out on you is knowing your spouse is stepping out on you. Still, some suspicious spouses have gone to extreme lengths to catch their significant others cheating, and we’re not talking about just hiring a private detective to snoop around.

With advancements in camera technology and internet monitoring software, there are more ways than ever to spy on your spouse. But are they all legal?

Whether you vandalized a bathroom in a foreign country and got charged with falsifying a police report or you actually did get robbed abroad, one of the first places you'll turn to for help is the U.S. Embassy. Embassy officials can help with everything from lost or stolen travel documents to hooking you up with a local lawyer.

So if you get into some trouble overseas, here's how the U.S. Embassy can help.

Canadians are friendly, and that's not just a stereotype. But that also doesn't mean that their borders are any less secure than our own. There are strict requirements for identification to cross the Canadian border as well as stringent controls on what you can bring into and out of the country.

So whether you're headed for work or a weekend getaway, by boat, car, train, or plane, here's what you need to know about crossing the Canadian border:

Stories of local Zika transmission in Florida came as disheartening news, especially for those who are pregnant or thinking about having children in the near future. While many people infected by Zika won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms like a fever or rash, the effects can be catastrophic for pregnant mothers. Passed from mother to child, Zika can cause microcephaly and other birth defects.

Given the dangers Zika poses to unborn children, it’s bound to have an effect on all aspects of pregnancy and fertility, including egg donation and surrogacy contracts. Here’s a look at what you need to know about Zika and surrogacy:

Sorting out Medicare coverage can be confusing enough, especially if your treatment is moving from a hospital to a nursing home. And it turns out it can get pretty expensive as well. Many patients were shocked to learn that they were never formally admitted into the hospital in the first place, and therefore a federal law allowed Medicare to deny coverage for their nursing home stay.

Hopefully, however, a new law will clear all that up. A bill passed last year -- that went into effect this weekend -- requires hospitals to notify patients about the costs they may incur if they stay more than 24 hours without being formally admitted.

Everyone who wants to start a family should have equal access to medical care and technology needed to get pregnant. But some outdated — or bigoted — state laws deny lesbians who want to give birth equal access to fertility treatments. Take New Jersey’s law, for example, which denies health insurance coverage for fertility treatments unless a woman can show she had unprotected heterosexual sex and still couldn’t get pregnant.

That poses an obvious problem for lesbians, especially those in committed relationships. Which is why two New Jersey lesbian couples are suing the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, claiming the mandate discriminates based on sexual orientation.

Balancing the rights of children in school can be difficult. On the one hand, they don't forfeit all of their constitutional rights just by walking onto school grounds. On the other hand, schools have an interest in maintaining a safe educational environment for all students. So where does forcing a 12-year-old student to take off his underwear and bend over in front of the vice-principal, a school resource officer, and three classmates fall on that scale?

Too far, ruled the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court is allowing the boy's lawsuit against the school district and assistant principal to proceed, despite the school arguing that it couldn't be held liable for strip searching students in public.

The Permanent Resident Card or green card process can seem overwhelming -- the qualification, the documentation, and, of course, the forms you'll need to fill out. One of those forms is the G-325A, Biographic Information form, which seeks background information on the applicant like family names and former residences and places of employment.

While much of the G-325A is self-explanatory, there can be sections and questions that are daunting or just confusing. Here's what you need to know about filling out a form G-325A.

Amicable divorces, though they do exist, may be the exception rather than the rule, especially when issues like alimony and spousal support are in play. Separating couples rarely agree on the amount one spouse owes another, and where there are disputes regarding responsibilities, disputes regarding payment soon follow.

Whether you're trying to collect from your ex or trying to adjust the amount you owe, you could go back to the court that issued the spousal support order in the first place. Or, if you've moved, you can go a court where you now live. But if you don't want to go back to court, do you have other options?