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There's an old adage that says you get what you pay for. Essentially, something that's free is of little value, and things that cost more are higher in quality. And while that's generally true, there are always exceptions, and there are instances where you can get the same quality product for less money, or even for free if you do it yourself.

But are wills one of those instances? How much are you going to need to spend to have a legally binding will?

It's understandable that you might want to put some distance between you and your soon-to-be ex. And you might've heard that your options -- especially when moving out of state -- might be limited after a child custody agreement has been reached. But what about moving before the divorce is finalized? Or even before you file?

While state laws on child custody can vary, many require some form of written notice and/or consent before a parent can move away with a child, though the restrictions may depend on the distance or the reasons for the move. Here are a few things to consider.

According to Courthouse News, there has been an unprecedented surge in interest for homeschooling children, based on the decline in funding for public schools, bullying issues, and recent mass school shootings. Courthouse News was also careful to point out that the largely unregulated nature of homeschooling has led to instances of child abuse, and a number of mass killers, Mark Anthony Conditt and Adam Lanza among them, have been homeschooled.

If you're a parent considering homeschooling your children, you've got a lot of things to think about, from time for teaching to testing requirements. Here are three legal considerations to think about as well:

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In almost all those states, the user must be an adult, over the age of 18. And while most of us are OK with adults having a joint like they would a cigarette or a beer, we might be taken aback by school nurses giving students weed. After all, aren't schools drug free zones?

Perhaps no longer in Colorado, one of the first states to legalize it. A Colorado law allowing school nurses to administer medical marijuana just passed an important House committee vote, the bill will now move to the House for debate.

My Employer Stopped Paying Me, What Should I Do?

It's a pretty basic concept. You do the work, you get paid for it. In many cases, people don't even really do the work, and they still get paid. But what happens when you hold up your end of the bargain but your employer doesn't? Here are a few tips to keep in mind for what to do if your employer stopped paying you.

ACLU Sues ICE for Illegally Separating Immigrant Families

The Trump administration is facing another legal challenge regarding its immigration policies. We've heard about plans to deport only violent criminals, or those convicted of serious felonies. But this latest lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Massachusetts, alleges that through ICE, the administration is illegally separating immigrant families by targeting the immigrant spouses of U.S. citizens for deportation.

Convincing an Attorney to Take Your Case

The idea that attorneys are all chomping at the bit to take any case they can get their hands on is not exactly accurate. While there are some super desperate lawyers out there, most have to be fairly discerning about taking cases they think they can win and maintaining a workable caseload. So, you may find that the first few attorneys you talk to aren't as intrigued by your case as you are. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to convince an attorney to take your case.

Just getting you and your ex to agree to the terms of your divorce settlement was tough enough. And you thought once that was finished, you were done dealing with the divorce. But life happens, circumstances change, and now one of you wants to go back and change the terms of your divorce agreement.

As unappealing as it may sound, those changes may be necessary. But the process for making those changes may differ, depending on whether you're altering the terms of spousal support, child support, or child custody. Here are the key issues for each when considering changes to a divorce settlement:

What, exactly, is a media influencer? According to Influencer Marketing Hub, influencers are individuals who have a following in a particular niche, with which they actively engage. Influencers can include "industry experts and thought leaders," like journalists, academics, and industry experts.

These definitions are handy if you're trying to make sense of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's announcement that it will be compiling a searchable database of media influencers that can be used to monitor social media and traditional news sources. So how scared should these media influencers be to show up on a government list?

By now everyone knows that no one really reads the terms of service before clicking "Accept." Even if those terms allow an app "to edit, copy, disseminate, publish, transfer, append or merge with other databases, sell, license (by whatever means and on whatever terms) and archive your contribution and data."

That's what Aleksandr Kogan's quiz app for Facebook told users before transferring all their data to Cambridge Analytica. And now that there's a class action lawsuit against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica over the release of user data, could the acceptance of those terms of service come back to haunt the plaintiffs?