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Social media and divorce: A dangerous combination

Social media and divorce: A dangerous combination

As if divorce isn’t complicated already, modern divorcees now have the added component of “social media” to deal with when battling their spouse in court. Social media presents a problem for those who are going through a divorce for many reasons, as your social profile provides an insight into your life that the court might not otherwise have had.

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Do Rapists have Parental Rights?

Do Rapists have Parental Rights?

Recent Illinois legislation, becoming effective January 1, 2014, will make Illinois’s law one of the most thorough laws in protecting the victims of rape. The issue of what parental rights rapists’ maintain became a national topic after Ariel Castro repeatedly requested visitation rights with the daughter he conceived with one of the three women he kidnapped and held captive for more than a decade.

In many states, there are few protections for women who conceive through rape. In some states, rapist fathers can prevent rape victims from placing the rape-conceived child up for adoption. In other states, the rapist is permitted to request visitation and custody rights. The lack of protection for victims in these states forces women to continually relive their attack by rapists who assert their parental rights.

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The Rise of the Postnup

The Rise of the Postnup

With almost all 50 states now allowing postnups, they are increasingly being used. A postnup is similar to a prenup, but it is for already-married couples. Postnuptial agreements can cover everything a prenup can. For example, a postnup can allow couples to agree how to divide financial assets in divorce. According to a survey of divorce lawyers, 51% saw an increase in postnups from 2009 to 2012.

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