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IL divorce lawyerIt is difficult to imagine life before the Internet or social media. Information that used to be found in libraries can now be found on a computer or phone with the click of a button. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are popular with people of all ages and backgrounds. Many individuals find them an ideal way to keep in touch with family or friends who may live far away since they can post photographs and videos of themselves or their kids. Watching a soccer game or musical performance online can be a good substitution if someone cannot be there in person, especially this past year due to coronavirus restrictions. Although there are many benefits of social media, there can be negatives, too, especially if a couple is going through a divorce. In some cases, posts or comments made on a website can be used as evidence in legal proceedings such as asset division, spousal maintenance, or child custody.

Think Before Posting

Connecting with others electronically has become even more prominent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual visits through video conferencing apps or SnapChat and TikTok allow people who are staying at home the ability to stay in touch with loved ones who they cannot see in person. With more time on their hands, people have turned to social media sites to pass the time. However, it is important to be careful about what is posted if you are going through a divorce, as certain things can be misinterpreted and used against you.

Consider these tips regarding social media use while your marriage is ending:

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody attorney,It may seem as though divorce rates have been at an all-time high for quite some time, but according to a piece recently published in the New York Times, marriage is alive and well. In fact, it is actually striving and rates of divorce are on a decline. And Illinois just so happens to have one of the lowest divorce rates in the United States.

Half of All Marriages End in Divorce - Truth or Myth?

While about half of all marriages really did end in divorce back in the 1970s and 1980s, divorce has actually been on the decline ever since, according to Claire Cain Miller. In fact, around 70 percent of all couples married in the 1990s have managed to stay together for 15 years, and at least 75 percent of all marriages over the last decade are expected to make it until death.

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divorce process, divorcing couples, do-it-yourself divorce, Wheaton divorce attorney, division of assets, property divisionThe cost of divorce is considered a major concern to those going through a divorce. When one Googles "do-it-yourself divorce," dozens of companies show up and offer forms and instructions for filing an uncontested divorce, and they additionally claim it will cost a fraction of the price compared to that of an attorney-represented divorce. However, many divorcing couples have discovered just how costly self-representation can be in a divorce. Moreover, when one spouse has an attorney and the other does not, the one without is left particularly vulnerable.

Divorcing couples often discover that despite how amicable they agree their divorce will be, at some point, it often turns into a contentious battle. One small disagreement over who is going to get the silverware can suddenly explode into a major battle over every aspect of the divorce, including child custody and division of assets.

When dividing a marital estate, a couple's retirement funds, pensions, and insurance policies are often forgotten. Overlooking your right to a portion of your spouse's annuity or pension funds can have very expensive consequences on your financial future. And once a divorce agreement has been signed and entered, it can be very difficult to have it changed—especially if the only reason was one party's failure to obtain legal representation.

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