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All too often, divorcing couples believe that nearly anything is fair game in divorce. Quite the opposite is true, however. In fact, there are many types of communication and conversation that are protected by law. One prime example is the eavesdropping law that protects private conversations. The following information can help you better understand the difference between public communications in divorce and conversations that are considered private and protected under Illinois state law.

What is Considered a Private Conversation?

Private conversations are any conversations that another party expects to remain private. This applies, not just to verbal communications, but also written ones and ones sent through text or other forms of communication. This means your spouse's email may be considered private if they never explicitly gave you permission to use it. Further, a conversation held in their home, over a phone, would generally be considered a private conversation. In contrast, a loud phone conversation in public might not be considered private. The same might be said of a public Facebook post since it can be seen by others.


Divorce can take much longer than most people anticipate; however, high net worth divorces can take much longer. The division of assets and property and determination of spousal maintenance are extremely difficult to sort out, even in marriages among those with very little to divide. The more there is to divide, the higher the couple's income, the more complex the process becomes.

Case in point: a cancer treatment founder has been in the process of divorce for seven years now and is not even close to being completed, despite there being a valid prenuptial agreement. Therefore, if you are planning on a divorce and have a high value estate or expect there to be arguments over the division of property, assets, and determination of spousal maintenance, be prepared for a potentially lengthy process and know how to ensure you are effectively represented.

Know the Value of Estate, Income and Assets

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