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Beware Facebook and Other Social Media During Divorce

Social media and divorce just don't mix.

The combination can be lethal for divorce proceedings. It's fertile ground for incriminating evidence.

A recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 64% of respondents cited Match.com as a source of evidence for divorce cases.

That means divorce attorneys are trolling social media websites for information to help their cases.

Considering Divorce? Think About Legal Separation

Marriages end for a variety of reasons, and when they do most people immediately think about divorce. But there's also the option of a legal separation.

By legal separation we don't mean the idea of taking some time apart to see how things go. That's what most couples do before they actually file for divorce.

A legal separation is a more permanent arrangement. It's what happens when people decide the romance in their marriage is over, but have reasons for not wanting a divorce. What reasons are there for staying legally married when you don't want to be together?

How Courts Determine Alimony

Divorce is an expensive process and when courts determine alimony, the costs can continue for a long time.

Despite what you may think, alimony is, in most cases, fairly determined by a neutral party -- namely, the judge who knows neither you nor your spouse. He or she is making a decision based on non-personal factors.

What kind of factors would those be? Illinois courts have a list of things they consider when determining alimony payments.