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In a somewhat surprising decision, the Supreme Court postponed enforcement of a Louisiana law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The law would effectively close all but one of the state's abortion clinics, and is similar to one from Texas that the Court struck down in 2016, finding such restrictions an "undue burden" on woman's access to abortion, in violation of the Constitution.

But the case isn't over yet. The law is only being put on hold until the justices can hear further arguments from both sides.

DC 'LOVE' Act Allows Marriage Licenses During Shutdown

During the federal shutdown, some things endure. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these romantics from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

We aren't lauding the Postal Service. We're talking about love that endures. More specifically, LOVE. The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved the Let Our Vows Endure (LOVE) Act to bypass the marriage shutdown that has occurred since D.C.'s Marriage Bureau was shuttered December 22, since they are considered a "nonessential service." Long live LOVE!

In 1993, Jeff Bezos married MacKenzie Tuttle. While he already had a successful career at hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co., this was about a year before Bezos would launch a little online bookstore out of his Seattle garage. Amazon is now a trillion-dollar company, Bezos' net worth is estimated around $150 billion, and he and MacKenzie just announced they are divorcing.

The news of the divorce shouldn't affect Amazon's bottom line, even if splitting in 2019 will cost Bezos a few more tax dollars than it would've in 2018. He might also be wondering just how much of his personal net worth or stake in the company he founded will take a hit in the divorce, and if it might not be too late to sign a prenup.

New Divorce Laws in 2019

Generally speaking, most people don't check the tax code before deciding to get a divorce. But 2018 might've been a little different. The new tax bill made significant changes to how alimony is taxed, which had many people who might've been considering a divorce trying to rush the process before the statute went into effect in 2019.

The new year has brought new divorce laws -- beyond just taxes -- and new considerations for soon-to-be exes. Here's a short roundup of those laws and what they might mean for your divorce.

For many parents and children, ear piercings are a rite of passage. And parents have a few options when it comes to piercing their children's ears. Some pediatricians will offer to do it, professional tattoo and piercing parlors are perhaps the most experienced option, and then there are the jewelry stores in the mall.

Then again, there are home piercing kits or even a sterilized needle in the kitchen or bathroom. But those parents turning to the home piercing option face an interesting legal question: Is it illegal to pierce your children's ears at home? And how old do they need to be before you can do it?

Not every marriage proposal is a good idea. And, judging from Reddit's Relationships section, some of you made some very bad choices recently. Whether you proposed "whilst drunk on New Year's Eve" or took a knee on Christmas and are regretting it already, the biggest issue in most broken engagements is who gets the ring.

Here's what you need to know:

This Year's Holiday Rush to Divorce, Explained

Separated spouses are going to have to make a decision in the next five days: do you want to pay your future ex, or the government? Come January 1, 2019, for the first time in over 70 years, alimony will not be tax deductible. What does this mean? If you finalize your divorce after the strike of midnight on December 31, 2018, you will be paying the government AND your future ex big money for many years to come.

Family law can encompass everything from divorce, child support, and custody to domestic violence, elder abuse, and even immigration status.

We write a lot about family law issues and covered a lot of topics over the course of 2018. Here are some of our best legal tips for family law issues from the past year.

Seasons change. People change. And circumstances change. And what worked previously may not work so well anymore. That can apply to anything in life, from our job or place to live to a marriage or child custody arrangement. But some changes aren't so easy to make.

So, if it's time to change a child custody agreement or modify a custody order, when is it too late?

Changing Account Information After Divorce

Do you remember with great anticipation getting ready to tie the knot? There were all those tasks that needed to be done, like getting a copy of the marriage certificate, contacting the Social Security Office about changing your name, changing your name with the DMV, opening up joint credit cards, and getting both names on the property deed of your new forever home? Well, after a divorce, you have a similar laundry list of things to do. And perhaps the most important is changing account information.