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Avoid these social media mistakes during your divorce

Divorce can be a grueling process. This may be especially true if you are no longer on amicable terms with your spouse. You are probably experiencing a wide range of emotions, not all of them pleasant. During this trying time, there are many outlets for you to express your thoughts and feelings. A diary, your friends, therapy and… social media? 

Social media has become an integral part of twenty-first century life, but many people underestimate just how powerful it can be. In an Illinois divorce, what you post on social media can have a major impact on your divorce proceedings. Before you take to your Facebook page to vent, you should know about some common divorce-related social media mistakes to avoid.

Police say Illinois man had a BAC of .358 percent

A 46-year-old Illinois man has been charged with two counts of drunk driving after toxicology testing allegedly revealed his blood alcohol level to be more than four times the state's legal limit. Police say that the Chicago resident's breath test produced a reading of .358 percent. The limit is .08 percent.

Police pulled the man's vehicle over after observing it weaving between lanes and striking a curb. Reports indicate that a motorist who was concerned about the man's erratic driving called 911 and followed the vehicle until police arrived. Officers ordered the man to take part in a series of field sobriety tests after smelling the odor of alcohol coming from the car and noticing open beer cans and an open liquor bottle within.

Starting the year with a divorce

The arrival of the New Year tends to coincide with a sharp increase in divorce filings. People in Illinois who are planning to pursue a divorce at the beginning of the year should take certain steps before filing.

Although most year-end financial information, such as W-2 forms, may not be available until the end of January or the beginning of February, future divorce filers should begin collecting all of their financial information for their divorce attorney to review. This may include credit card bills, bank statements, previous tax returns and recent paystubs. It is also advisable to obtain a free credit report for oneself and one's spouse to verify what debts exist.

Roadside drug testing set to begin in Illinois in 2018

According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report regarding fatal accidents nationwide, more drivers tested positive for drugs in their systems than for alcohol in 2015. Law enforcement officials in Illinois have claimed that they can often see the effects of drugs on drivers but cannot identify the precise substance or measure the exact amount that is present in the body during a traffic stop. In February 2018, however, police in the northwestern portion of the state will begin conducting a new roadside test that is designed to determine both.

Because the state of Illinois no longer defines intoxication as the presence of trace amounts of a drug in the bloodstream, the introduction of new testing technology is a timely development. The mobile testing system could indicate whether state-mandated thresholds for controlled substances have been exceeded. The roadside tests will be conducted in Carol Stream where police will be able to screen drivers for meth, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and opiates like heroin.

Considerations for splitting a bitcoin account in divorce

One conflict that may arise for a couple going through a divorce in Illinois is over a bitcoin account. In fact, the acquisition of a bitcoin account itself could lead to a divorce since a person may devote a considerable amount of time to developing it.

Some websites encourage the use of bitcoin accounts to hide assets, and some people might use them for this purpose. However, even if a person intends to be completely upfront about the bitcoin account and its value, this may be more complex than it initially appears.

Illinois man facing drug and gun charges was recently paroled

Police in Illinois have reported that a 27-year-old man who was taken into custody on drug and weapons charges on Dec. 9 had been released from prison four months ago. Media accounts indicate that the man was apprehended after losing control of his vehicle while fleeing law enforcement. He faces a raft of charges, including the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, the possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated fleeing and eluding.

According to a report from the Aurora Police Department, the sequence of events began when officers pulled over a Saturn sedan driven by the man at the intersection of West Indian Trail and North Elmwood Drive at approximately 5:45 p.m. Police say that the car was known to have been used to conduct drug sales in the vicinity of Wilder Street. The man is said to have attempted to flee the scene when one of the officers involved asked him to turn the vehicle off.

Dealing with holidays after divorce

The holidays can be a difficult time for families in Illinois that are dealing with divorce. However, there are things parents can do to ease the situation for their children.

Parents should think about how they can combine old traditions and make new ones. For example, the children might be accustomed to spending the holidays with certain family members. Parents should also consider whether certain aspects of the holiday are particularly important for their children or for themselves. It might be the only time children see certain extended family members, or a parent may celebrate an important part of the holiday at a particular time of day.

President Trump draws attention to DUIs with a proclamation

Illinois residents may be interested in what president Donald J. Trump said about drunk driving when he declared December 2017 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. President Trump included statistics showing that, every 50 minutes, one person dies in an automobile accident connected to driving while impaired in the United States. The president discussed how driving impaired is a choice and encouraged people to pledge to drive sober.

He included a statistic to show the progress that has been made, educating the public about driving while under the influence. He stated that four decades ago, two-thirds of traffic fatalities were related to alcohol. Now, the number is significantly lower. However, in the past two years, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have increased. In just 2016 alone, 10,000 people lost their lives in alcohol-related fatalities. This accounts for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.

How to spot parental alienation

Parental alienation generally occurs after a divorce when parents decide that winning a battle with a former spouse is more important than the best interests of the child. There are many signs that a parent in Illinois has engaged in parental alienation. One sign may be that a child has asked a parent to not to take part in some aspect of his or her life, such as not attending sporting or other events.

A parent might also be asked by a child or the other parent to not take part in school meetings or conferences with teachers. Children could become defiant or try to get a parent to react angrily by acting in a defiant manner. In some cases, this can occur in children who had no previous behavior problems. Such situations typically begin when a parent consistently says negative things about the other parent to the child.

Choosing the right support team in a divorce

People in Illinois who are getting a divorce may want to seek assistance from a group of professionals. A therapist who specializes in divorce along with family and friends can help with the emotional side of the divorce. Other professionals can assist with the financial and legal side of things.

Some financial advisers specialize in matrimonial issues. They may have a background in divorce and be able to help a client throughout the process. For example, in the early stages of the divorce, the spouse may need to put together a financial history. Later, during negotiations over property division, there might be several options that should be evaluated. Finally, after a divorce, a person might need assistance with personal finance.

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