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Another blow has been struck against gay marriage bans. A federal judge blocked Nebraska's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon issued an injunction allowing same-sex couples to marry in Nebraska, once again overturning the state's ban. (Bataillon had struck down the ban once before in 2005, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated it, The Associated Press reports.)

Here are five things you should know about Monday's ruling:

Taxes aren't fun to think about in the best of times. And if you're going through a divorce, how such a split may affect your taxes might be the furthest from your mind.

But if you're not paying attention, you could take a bigger tax hit than necessary. So here are some potential ways to protect yourself come tax season:

The time period between Christmas and Valentine's Day is known as "Engagement Season," with couples dreaming of a wedding down the road. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans often go awry and may not deliver on that promised joy.

On top of broken hearts, couples who break off their engagement may also have to worry about broken contracts -- and that's not all. Here are three legal concerns that may arise when calling off a wedding, and how they can potentially be addressed:

Top 3 Everyday Legal Questions From FindLaw Answers: January 2015

You've got questions... we've got answers. If you have not yet asked or answered a question in FindLaw's Answers community, what are you waiting for? This amazing free resource supports a dynamic community of legal consumers and attorneys helping each other out. Simple as that.

We see a lot of great questions in our Answers community every day. Here's a look at the Top 3 recent questions from our various boards:

1. Both my parents passed away without a will. There is a family cabin (not worth very much money) that I would like to have and my sister does not want. How do I go about doing that?

This is a great question; issues with wills, inheritances, and general estate planning are popular on our boards. In this instance, the individual is actually dealing with two issues: what happens to his parents' estate because they died without a will, and how to get his sister to disclaim her inheritance.

When a child is born to a married couple, the husband is generally presumed to have paternity rights as the child's father.

But what about a child born to unmarried parents? Establishing a child's maternity is generally fairly straightforward (for hopefully obvious reasons). Paternity, on the other hand, may in some circumstances require legal action.

Why is paternity important, and how do unmarried fathers go about establishing it?

After a divorce becomes final, a spouse who is unhappy with the result may be able to challenge the outcome of the divorce proceedings by filing an appeal or requesting the court modify the terms of the divorce decree.

Which of these options may be best in your particular situation? The answer may depend not only on the details of your divorce and the specific issue you are unhappy with, but also may depend on the divorce laws in your state.

There are some general guidelines, however, for appealing or modifying a final divorce decree.

Top 10 Legal How-Tos of 2014

The idea of tackling a legal issue yourself may seem intimidating, but you may be surprised at what you can accomplish with a little legal know-how.

Of course, there are some instances where consulting with a lawyer is the most prudent option. There are others, however, in which hiring a lawyer may or may not be necessary. Our series "Legal How-To" presents some of those scenarios, laying out what is required for those who may be interested in taking on a legal issue on their own.

What were this year's most popular DIY legal stories? Here are the top 10 Legal How-Tos of 2014:

Florida's first same-sex marriages took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County, after a judge lifted her stay on a ruling finding the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

The weddings began about 1:30 p.m., reports The Miami Herald. The marriages in Miami-Dade County come just hours before court clerks across Florida will be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples by order of a federal court judge.

What are the details behind Florida's path to becoming one of the 36 states, along with Washington D.C., where gay marriage is now legally recognized?

The Oklahoma oilman who was ordered to pay his ex-wife $1 billion in the couple's divorce is appealing the ruling in the case.

In his appeal, Harold Hamm calls the ruling "erroneous and inequitable," Reuters reports. But Hamm's appeal marks an about-face from his comments immediately following the judge's decision, which he characterized at the time as "a fair and equitable outcome to the case."

What may have led Hamm to change his mind?

Family issues often come to a head around the holidays, and Christmas may have you mulling over the possibility of divorce.

And you're not alone. According to The New York Times, there is a "significant rise" in Google searches for "divorce" in the 10 days following Christmas. Times opinion contributor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz attributes this to holiday reflection on dysfunctional facets of family life and our tendency to put off unpleasant events until after the holidays.

Are you searching for "divorce" this holiday season? If so, here are some things you should consider: