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Facebook's Role in Illinois Divorces

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A recent MSNBC article alleges that the widespread use of Facebook plays a part in the rising number of divorces in Illinois and across the world. One study done in the U.K. concluded that a third of divorce filings included a reference to Facebook, while in the U.S., the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers survey indicated that more than three-fourths of divorce lawyers reported an increased number of divorces that involved social media.

According to the article, Facebook affects the divorce rate for several reasons. Some experts cite the fact that it's relatively easy to "friend" and interact with anyone, from someone you've met in passing to an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend.

Once a divorce is in progress, Facebook can also have a role in the divorce proceedings. Things like pictures, status updates, and check-in information may be introduced as evidence on behalf of either party, and could even be used in determining alimony or child support issues. Last year, one judge even required that the divorcing parties provide their Facebook log-in information to the court.

Whether or not Facebook or another social networking platform is involved, the fact remains that many couples divorce in Illinois each year. If you're considering filing for divorce, or are already in the divorce process, it's highly advisable that you refrain from posting any potentially incriminating evidence on Facebook, or elsewhere online.

An experienced and knowledgeable Wheaton, Illinois divorce lawyer can guide and advise you through the entire divorce process. The skilled divorce attorneys at Stock, Carlson & Asso. LLC offer free consultations to those going through a divorce in the Greater Chicago area.

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