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Ah, the selfie. That staple of social media. Who needs a silly little "I Voted" sticker when you can share your voting status worldwide with a few taps on your smartphone? The ballot selfie has become the most popular way to prove you participated in the political process, but some states aren't too keen on the idea.

Quite a few states have banned ballot selfies, and a few state courts have overturned bans. So where does the law stand now? Here's a look.

Most of us have never violated Facebook's Community Standards. Then again, most of us are only posting photos of our children, vacation, or food. But as more businesses, charities, and media companies join the ranks of individual Facebook users, the limits of the site's policy on explicit posts are bound to be stretched. (And the most vitriolic presidential campaign in recent memory doesn't help matters.)

But rather than tightening its parameters on illegal or offensive content, Facebook announced last week it is relaxing its standards on explicit posts, so long as the post has some news or public interest value.

Rules Around Polling Places

The debates are done, the positions staked out, and most of the storylines have been written. And as one of the most contentious presidential elections comes down to the wire, there's not much left to do but vote. And as polarizing as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been, there's little worry of low voter turnout this year.

In fact, there's been less focus on polling numbers and more focus on polling places, with rampant allegations of vote rigging and voter fraud leading to a heightened interest in what goes down at the ballot box. Here's what you need to know when you go to cast your vote.

It may seem antiquated, but alimony -- also known as spousal support -- is still a major factor in divorce proceedings. Even when both spouse's work, and even though it's not always the male ex sending the female money, courts and divorcing parties still need to sort out alimony payments in cases where one spouse earned much more than the other, or one spouse sacrificed specific earnings or earning potential to care for children or the household.

So how are these payments calculated, and how can you get an idea of what you might receive or need to pay in alimony?

Living in the 21st century has its perks, including the wealth of information on the internet. But what happens to your digital accounts and online assets upon the end of life? To answer this question, you need to set up a digital estate plan.

Digital assets don't simply include your email accounts, social media profiles and blogs. They also include any websites you've published (and potentially monetized), and most importantly any e-commerce websites, or digital wallets, where you may actually have real dollars invested. Also, don't forget about your digital music, photo, and video libraries.

Below are a few tips to help you develop your digital estate plan.

How to Legally Co-Own a House

When married couples buy a house, typically both names are put on the title, or deed, and both are considered the legal co-owners of the home. However, that is not the only way to legally co-own a home. In fact, many people that only own half a duplex actually co-own a home and don't even realize it.

Also, it is not too uncommon for friends and non-married couples to buy homes together, and this can be where things get more complicated. Questions arise such as:

What Is Ex Parte Divorce?

Divorce proceedings often mirror the relationship the couple had while married. Calm and collaborative relationships tend to end the same way, while wild and fiery romances go down in flames. And in some cases, one of the parties isn't too keen on breaking up.

A contested divorce can take many forms, from a spouse ignoring or refusing to sign divorce papers to scorched earth litigation. That's why many courts allow what is known as "ex parte" divorce, or divorce based solely on one spouse's filing and in the jurisdiction where that spouse lives, though it is valid anywhere. Let's take a closer look.

Believe it or not, there was a time when a driver's license was nothing more than a piece of paper with an actual paper photo glued on that got laminated. No magnetic strips, barcodes, holograms, or fancy security features. After the 9/11 attacks, the federal government passed the REAL ID Act, which required state IDs such as driver's licenses, to comply with new security measures to protect against counterfeit forms of identification.

While the REAL ID Act was passed in 2005, there are still five states that have not complied, which will cause serious inconvenience for residents of those states. For example, the Pennsylvania driver's license won't be enough to board a plane in 2018.

There's been a lot of heated rhetoric around immigration this election season, and so much vitriolic back-and-forth can leave people wondering where they actually stand when it comes to their rights and the law. And it doesn't help that U.S. immigration law is already an overly complicated area of law.

So here are five of the biggest immigration law questions, and where you can turn for answers, from our archives:

Millennials are just getting to that point in their lives where retirement and estate planning are critical. While those born in the early 80s are right in the thick of it, the Millennials born in the 90s still have time to get ahead of the pack.

Generally, estate planning includes not only retirement planning, but also planning for death and/or incapacity. While the latter may not be something a person in their twenties or thirties wants to think about, it's time for Millennials to realize estate planning is part of #adulting. Below are some basic tips to help Millennials get started on their long-term life plans.