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Marriages from online dating last longer

Online dating apps, like Tinder and Bumble, have been accused of killing romance and fueling hook-up culture, but this might be a misconception. According to several recent studies, the rise of today’s internet dating services may be behind stronger marriages. In one study conducted at the University of Chicago, researchers found that the rate of marital breakups […]

How will California’s Fair Pay to Play Act impact college athletics?

College athletics are sparking more than the usual amount of contention these days—and we’re not just talking friendly team rivalries.    Following the passage of a controversial piece of California legislation, the conversation among fans about the extent to which college athletes should be compensated for their efforts has become louder and more divisive. Some […]

AskAvvo: What if the child custody agreement was never filed?

AskAvvo: What if the child custody agreement was never filed? Q: What happens if there is a child custody agreement, but it never gets filed with the courts?   A: If a child custody agreement is never filed with the court, there is no court order. This means that it isn’t enforceable.    In most […]

Is your smart device spying on you?

It’s official: we talk to computers, and they answer. We ask them to tell us the weather, refill an order for more toilet paper, make a dinner reservation, and look up trivial information. And, we do this with increasing regularity.    According to Juniper Research, there were 2.5 billion digital voice assistants in 2018, and […]

What Happens to Your Digital Self After Your Death?

What happens to your digital self after your death? As technology continues to evolve, it has become a more integral part of just about every aspect of our daily lives. Despite this, it is still common for complications to arise surrounding a person’s digital assets after death. To ensure all parties involved can deal with […]

Common Fitness Scams around New Year’s

If one of your resolutions this year has you headed straight to the nearest fitness center, think carefully before signing up for a gym membership. In just one year (2017), the Better Business Bureau recorded over 6,000 complaints related to unscrupulous health club practices.   Gym advertisements make it seem as if their establishments will […]

California Consumer Privacy Act: Gaining More Control over Your Data

Data breaches have come to seem almost run-of-the-mill to modern consumers. Large-scale breaches were recently experienced by Equifax and Capital One, leaving over 100 million consumers affected in the US alone. Affected consumers have some recourse thanks to a global settlement, but for many, that’s not enough to make them feel secure. Today, consumers just tend to […]

Things to know if you’re going to self-represent in court

As a United States resident, you enjoy the right to be represented in court by an attorney—either a private lawyer you hire on your own or somebody appointed on your behalf. Outside representation is by no means required, however; you are permitted to represent yourself if you prefer.    Also known as “pro se” representation, […]

Santa Claus on the naughty list

There’s a lot to love about Santa Claus—he’s jolly, generous, and a huge fan of cookies. Although we don’t often talk about it, he also happens to be a hardened criminal—and an extremely judgmental one at that.    That’s right: Santa is not the kindly old man we’ve imagined all these years. From a legal […]

Things You Need to Know Before Flying This Holiday Season

More people fly during the holiday season than any other time of year, which means bigger lines and long wait times to get through security checkpoints all across the country. Next holiday season, with the national REAL ID Act officially in place, airport security is expected to get more complicated than ever. Beginning October 1, 2020, every […]