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Wheaton divorce attorneysOver 80% percent of Americans use one social media platform or another. In all, an estimated 264 million people in the U.S. are active on social media at any given moment. Most people are well aware of the potential ramifications of irresponsible social media posts from an employment perspective, but few understand how social media could negatively impact a divorce case. Sadly, one of the most common mistakes a person can make during a divorce is posting on social media. If you are contemplating a divorce, it is wise to take a step back from all of your social media platforms, especially when dealing with any of the following Illinois divorce issues. 

Social Media and Child Custody

Social media platforms can be a fantastic opportunity to update old friends on your life and establish new relationships. Yet, it is important to understand how a social media post could impact your child custody case. If you post false information about your marital status or familial situation during your divorce, it could severely impact a child custody case.

Additionally, posting pictures of you and your friends out drinking could be used against you in a custodial case, as your former spouse's attorneys could claim that you have a substance abuse issue. Thinking before you post is a good first step. Avoiding social media altogether is an even better option.

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Naperville collaborative law attorneyEvery year, hundreds of thousands of American couples make the difficult decision to pursue a divorce. Divorces can be complicated and tense, as well as emotionally painful. Still, while many divorces can be hostile and resolved in court, some divorces are amicable and fairly seamless. 

In a collaborative divorce, a couple that has decided to amicably separate will work together with their respective attorneys to negotiate a settlement, while agreeing to be open and honest with each other throughout the process. This allows them to reach a mutually agreeable conclusion to their divorce while avoiding the potential unexpected outcomes of resolving their divorce in a courtroom. If you and your former spouse believe that you can work together to reach an agreement about the distribution of assets, child custody decisions, and other key issues that arise during the divorce process without going to court, a collaborative divorce may be the best option for you and your family.

What You Need for a Collaborative Divorce to Work: 

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custodial court hearing, single father, DuPage County family law attorneys, divorce settlement, divorce processDespite widely held misconceptions that fathers cannot be awarded custody during a divorce settlement, fathers do end up with custody of their children in many cases. While the vast majority of courts will lean towards joint custody as the optimal parenting strategy after a divorce, it is unlawful for courts to show bias against fathers looking to gain sole or substantial joint custody.

Inherent biases, however, can still find their way into courtrooms, and fathers still seem to struggle to gain custody at the same rate as mothers. According to the United States Department of Commerce, roughly 17 percent (or one in every six) of custodial parents are fathers.

If you are in the midst of a divorce settlement, it is important to know how to prepare yourself for the courtroom. Preparation is especially critical for fathers fighting for substantial custodial privileges. With that in mind, listed below are simple tactics that can help you prepare you for a custodial court hearing.

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Posted on in Mediation

Divorce cases can be some of the most difficult cases to settle. Emotions are often intense on both sides. Moreover, both spouses may feel they are fighting for what is right and what is best for the children. However, when a case goes to trial, many times neither side wins. Mediation, however, offers an opportunity for the two sides to find a way to settle the divorce in a way that is beneficial for both spouses.

How Mediation Works

Mediation is a way to resolve a legal dispute outside of the formal court process. Unlike a settlement conference where the judge is often pressuring the two sides to come to an agreement, the judge is not involved at all in mediation.

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