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kane county divorce lawyerMarriages start out with high hopes and good intentions, but people are unpredictable, and some problems cannot be foreseen. Many people have heard the term “annulment” and believe it is an easy alternative to divorce for ending a marriage that recently took place, but this is not so.

From a legal perspective, in Illinois, an “annulment” is legally referred to as a “declaration of invalidity of marriage.” For the sake of brevity, we will refer to a declaration of invalidity of marriage as an annulment as we explore the difference between a divorce and an annulment and when one may be more appropriate than the other. 

When Can a Marriage Be Declared Invalid?

An annulment is a court order that says a marriage is not and never was valid and should therefore not be considered legal by the state. A divorce, by comparison, is a court-ordered ending to a valid marriage. 

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Kane County divorce lawyersOne of the most crucial aspects of a divorce case is the disclosure of financial information. Without a full and accurate accounting of a couple’s assets and liabilities, it is difficult to make fair decisions regarding property distribution, child support, and spousal maintenance.  If you are considering divorce and you or your spouse have a high net worth, the stakes are even higher. Identifying and evaluating the assets, income, and revenue are key to ensuring that the terms of your divorce are based on factual financial information.  

Common Methods Spouses Use to Falsify Financial Information in a Divorce

Per Illinois law, spouses are entitled to an equitable share of the marital estate in a divorce. Before the marital estate can be divided, an inventory of each spouse’s assets, income, and debts should be made. One of the first steps in any divorce case is financial disclosure. Some divorcing spouses “forget” to include sources of income or assets on their financial affidavits. Others actively hide assets by transferring the asset to a friend or colleague or physically hiding cash or valuables in safety deposit boxes or around their home. Business owners may alter business records, delay invoices, or temporarily lower prices to create the illusion of a failing business.

If it is discovered that a spouse lied about financial data in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage during divorce, the innocent spouse may be awarded a larger share of the marital estate. The spouse who lied may even be held in contempt of court.

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Kane County family law attorneysThe process of divorce can often take much longer that you expect. Depending on the circumstances of your case and the considerations that must be made, the proceedings can carry on for months and, in some situations, even years before a final judgment is entered by the court. During that time, of course, your life does not simply stop. You must continue paying your mortgage and utility bills and providing for your children—only now you are faced with managing such things on your own. For this reason, Illinois law provides courts with the authority to issue temporary orders that can offset some of the financial difficulties that many divorcing individuals face.

Temporary Spousal Support

It is not uncommon in a marriage for one spouse to earn significantly more than the other. Such an arrangement may serve a couple perfectly well while the marriage is intact, but once divorce proceedings have been initiated, things can change quickly. A financially disadvantaged spouse may file a motion for temporary maintenance with the court. Based on the circumstances as they exist at the time, the court may order the higher-earning spouse to make support payments directly to the lower-earning spouse. The court could also require the higher-earning spouse to cover certain expenses—such as those related to the marital home—for the duration of the divorce.

A temporary order will only last until the divorce proceedings are finalized or otherwise modified. The issuance of a temporary maintenance order is not contingent on a request for long-term maintenance nor is it necessarily indicative of an ongoing need for support.

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Parents often worry about how their children will cope with divorce. Most do everything they can to smooth the transition, but they do not always know if they are making the right choices. For example, how do parents decide where the child will live? How much time should they be spending with each parent? Should they switch houses every weekend, or is that too much?

The answers to most of these questions are circumstantial and can only be answered by the parents themselves. However, one study does suggest that children fare better if they spend time living with each of their parents. Furthermore, children seem to cope best when their schedule for switching homes is somewhat consistent.

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St. Charles family law attorneysSocial media presents a unique danger when you are in the midst of a divorce or proceedings related to the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody). In personal injury or criminal cases, clients may be encouraged to set their profiles to private so that the profiles cannot be seen by insurance companies or investigators.

When you are involved in a divorce or child-related action, however, making your social media private may not be enough of a protective measure because you likely are “friends” or connected with people who have an interest in your case—namely your family members and real-world friends. With this in mind, you should consider limiting your posting to social media, in addition to making your profiles private.

Social Medial Posts as Evidence

Virtually any social medial post could be potentially used as evidence by the other party during your family law proceedings. Some of the most dangerous include:

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