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Emotional abuse may be harder to identify than physical abuse, but that doesn't make it any less harmful. Whether in the context of marriage, family, or even strangers, emotional abuse can leave lasting psychological and sometimes physical effects.

Fortunately, there are laws that can protect victims and prosecute perpetrators of emotional abuse. Here are some of those laws that you can, and sometimes must, use to protect yourself and others.

The idea seems easy enough: You love to teach yoga and you know some folks who want to practice with you. You may not have the money for a studio space, but it's nice outside, so why not just take your class to the park?

Unfortunately, it may not be that easy. If the yoga session is free, then you probably don't have to worry. However, if you're charging clients for the yoga session, you may need a permit to teach yoga in a public park.

As medical technology has advanced, we have been faced with moral, ethical, and preferential questions regarding life-sustaining treatment. Often, these questions remain unanswered during a person's life, leading to tragic arguments over a person's medical treatment.

There are several legal documents available to try and plan ahead for medical treatment, like living wills and durable powers of attorney. A physician order for life-sustaining treatment, or POLST, also tries to set out a patient's wishes regarding medical treatment should he or she become incapacitated, but also differs from other advance directives.

The technological innovations in video recording and streaming have made home surveillance and security simpler and more secret. But can you take in-home surveillance too far?

Between nanny cams and monitoring your vacation or Airbnb rental, there are legitimate reasons for wanting to have a surveillance camera in your guest room. But there also may be legal issues with recording someone without their knowledge.

Do you have solar panels at your home? If be, be careful of possible damage to your solar panels caused by the environment. Also, you should be alert for damage to your home caused by defective solar panels.

If your solar panels are damaged or defective, does your insurance cover your losses?

For a country that prides itself as being on the cutting edge of hot dog pizza, fried cheesecake, and Dorito-shelled taco technology, there are a surprising number of foods banned in the U.S. Some foods are illegal due to health concerns, some due to environmental hazards, and others because the main ingredient is an endangered species.

So what deliciousness are you missing out on?

There were 2.2 million American in jail or in prison in 2013. That's a lot of people. It's not surprising that the effects of incarceration would be felt by the children of the parents locked up behind bars.

According to a 2010 Pew study, 2.7 million children had at least one incarcerated parent. These children often suffer adverse health and educational effects of having a parent in jail.

When checking into a hospital, legal concerns are often the last things on your mind. But as it turns out, there are quite a few legal questions you should be aware of if you’re checking into a hospital.

Here’s what you need to know:

National Park Drug Laws

We go to national parks to commune with nature, but if your communion includes more than sacramental wafers and wine, you may want to leave it at home.

Park rangers are cracking down on drugs in national parks, especially Yosemite National Park, whose visitors are four times as likely to be arrested for drug possession.

As the vaccine debate seems to have hit a fever pitch in the past couple years, it's actually been an ongoing national conversation since the 70's and 80's. In fact, there was so much litigation surrounding claims of vaccine injuries back then that Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) in 1986.

The goal of the NCVIA was to limit the liability for vaccine injury cases by restricting the types of claims that could be brought and the time in which they could be brought. Two years later, a trust fund was created to compensate vaccine-related injuries or deaths from covered vaccines. So how does the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) work?