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We still believe outdated divorce statistics

When a statistic becomes popular and well-known, it often has a lot of staying power. People keep repeating it as if it is a fact, even long after it becomes outdated or something else proves that it's just not accurate.

Take, for example, the common expression that half of all marriages end in divorce. If you put a group of married couples in a room together, many people will say that 50 percent of them are going to split up.

Man facing DUI charges and more after woman falls from vehicle

A rather strange case in Pennsylvania could have serious ramifications for a man who was arrested after a woman fell out of a moving vehicle and landed in the roadway. She can't tell police what happened, as she's in critical condition, so there is some controversy over the events.

According to reports, the police got a 911 call saying that the woman had gotten injured. They responded and discovered her lying on the pavement. She had cuts and scrapes all over her body, she had broken ribs, both of her lungs had collapsed, and she had a broken back and a broken neck.

Religious beliefs can lead to a legal separation

Do you want to get divorced, but do you have a religious background that prohibits it? Do you worry about what people will think or do you desperately not want to violate this code of conduct?

There may be a solution. Many couples just choose to quietly separate and live on their own. They're still married, and perhaps they'll get back together one day, but they decide to spend some time apart. It's not necessarily a short-term solution; they want to stay apart for the foreseeable future.

The real way that drinking habits lead to divorce

You have probably heard people say that alcohol addiction can lead to divorce. It puts financial strain on the family, it leads to conflicts and it ends marriages.

That is true, but researchers finally dug a bit deeper into the statistics, noting that they were surprised how little people had actually studied this issue, considering how often it is cited. What they found is that heavy drinking and divorce only really link up when only one spouse is doing the drinking.

Woman allegedly drives drunk and then runs from police

A Pennsylvania woman, 32, is facing some very serious charges after a run-in with the police. They claim that she was driving while under the influence (DUI) and that she then tried to evade arrest when they attempted to apprehend her.

Per reports out of Lancaster County, a police officer saw the woman's car run a stop sign at about 2:25 a.m. on April 21. He then attempted to pull her over. She kept driving for a time, and the officer pursued her car. Eventually, she pulled over to the side of the road, but she still refused to get out of the car.

Divorce makes for a complicated estate plan, if not updated

If you get divorced and you do not update your estate plan, things can get very complicated indeed. It's important to go over your paperwork carefully if you and your spouse decide to split up.

To see how complicated it can get, consider one woman's example. She got divorced and her ex had a heart condition that no doctors had noticed. He died unexpectedly. After they ended their marriage, he did not update any part of his estate plan.

Considering young adult children during divorce

Some couples seem to take the position that divorce will not impact their children once the children have grown up and moved out of the house. They are adults now, so parents believe that shields them from the divorce.

However, researchers have found that this is not necessarily true. Young adults still believe that the world "should be" a certain way. One thing they take for granted is that their parents are together. It's something they have known for their entire lives.

You've been arrested for selling heroin. Now what happens?

Across the United States, there has been a significant increase in heroin possession arrests, due in large part to the opioid epidemic. But a significant number of possession charges have also been increased to trafficking; often without merit.

Police report that checkpoint failed, got shut down early

Police in Pennsylvania decided to set up a DUI checkpoint back in the middle of March, running it on March 15 and March 16. They are now releasing their report about how it did, and it's being called a bust. It appears that they shut it down early because it was ineffective.

Per reports, the checkpoint only resulted in four traffic stops. None of the people in those cars was arrested for driving under the influence.

Studies show women are going to jail more than ever before

When you think of the stereotypical inmate, perhaps just from watching television shows, do you imagine a man? You may be clinging to a stereotype that is quickly becoming outdated. Studies have shown that the rate at which women find themselves behind bars is soaring, and it has been for decades.

If you compare the statistics from today to those from the 1970s, you will find that there are 14 times as many women in jail now. Fourteen. Just two times would mean that the number of women in jail doubled, which would be a stunning increase, but it's fourteen times as high.

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