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Modern love is complicated. And we have the technology to prove it.

When Phoenix-based attorney Ruby Torres was told chemotherapy to treat breast cancer would hurt her ability to become pregnant, she opted for in vitro fertilization and her then-boyfriend John Terrell donated his sperm. Torres and Terrell married, then divorced, without ever attempting implantation. So, who gets to decide what happens to the seven embryos the pair created?

As they say, "Never send to know for whom the legal bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

Well, they might not actually say that, but they should. When it comes to the law and legal matters, the clock is always ticking. That's why we cover so many legal deadlines in our "When Is It Too Late..." series. So many, in fact, it's time to roundup another 10 of them for you right here.

In the wake of a college admissions bribery scandal that ensnared Hollywood stars and several sports coaches, a potential class action lawsuit was filed by seven college applicants against the ringleader of the admissions scam along with eight of the schools involved. The suit claims the rejected applicants paid admission fees "without any understanding or warning that unqualified students were slipping in through the back door of the admissions process by committing fraud, bribery, cheating, and dishonesty."

Here's a look at the legal claims:

Whether you're crossing things off your packing list and ready to hit the road, or you're crossing your fingers that your kids will come home safe from partying at the beach, there are probably one or two legal questions running through your mind as you get ready for spring break. What if your flight gets cancelled? Does your driver's license work in other countries? How serious are DUI laws in Florida?

Lucky for you, spring breakers, we have those answers and more right here:

As the popularity and cultural cache of certain neighborhoods, cities, and states increases, long-time and even life-time residents can get priced out of their homes.

Case in point: Portland, Oregon has been a hipster mecca for about a decade, and CBS talked to a local woman whose landlord of seven years suddenly raised her rent 25 percent. When Gloria Marin protested, her landlord simply evicted her without cause, potentially leaving her homeless. In an effort to protect Marin and other tenants from massive rent spikes, Oregon passed the first statewide rent control law in the country.

You might've heard it said or sung before: "Love is in the air." Well, it turns out divorce is seasonal as well. In 2016, researchers at the University of Washington noted spikes in divorce filings in March and August every year, with spring being the definitive "Divorce Season."

If you're considering or preparing for divorce this month, we've rounded up our best recent legal advice to help:

The law can vary from state to state, and the arena of divorce is no different. From residency requirements to mandatory waiting periods, how you get divorced will depend on where you live. And some of those laws can be pretty strange.

Here are five of the most unusual state divorce laws, so you know what to look out for.

Here's a legal riddle: How can two twins, born four minutes apart, be citizens of different countries? Not because they were born in different countries or to different mothers. And not through any "separated at birth" shenanigans. No, it was because the U.S. State Department determined they had slightly different DNA -- one twin from a father who was a U.S. citizen, and the other from a father who was not.

But a federal judge has ruled that genetic material is not the determining factor in citizenship, meaning both twins are now U.S. citizens.

Millions of us have gotten our W-2s and we're getting ready to file our taxes. We may be worried about how much we owe, or excited to get our return. The only problem? Scammers know this, and are ready, willing, and able to take advantage of unsuspecting tax payers.

Whether it's impersonating the IRS or impersonating you, cybercriminals will be active this tax season. So here's how to stay safe.

There can be some very good reasons to call the police and report a crime right away, like if a crime just occurred or someone could be a danger to the public. And there are some very good reasons to wait: maybe you fear retribution from the person committing the crime, or you're not even sure if what you saw was related to criminal activity. But is it possible to wait too long?

Between mandatory reporting laws, statutes of limitation, and even accomplice liability, there are also some reasons to make sure you report a crime in a timely fashion. So, when does your time run out?