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A property division checklist will keep you on track

There are many challenges standing in your way as you move through the divorce process. For many people, there is nothing more important than property division.

It's important to realize that you'll need to compromise along the way. You aren't going to get everything you want, but at the same time you won't end up with nothing.

Understanding the property division process in an IL divorce

You didn't plan to end up divorced when you got married, so you never even thought of executing a prenuptial agreement. Now, you're staring a potential divorce down and feeling incredibly nervous about the possible outcome. There's all kinds of misinformation out there. Will your spouse get everything, while you walk away from your marriage a pauper? It seems like the internet is full of stories about people who lost everything in their divorce.

The reality of a divorce in Illinois is much less frightening than how the online horror stories may make it seem. Social media can promote exaggeration and even lying, making it hard to know what to expect. Generally speaking, the courts will do their best to ensure the process is fair to you, your spouse and any children that you have together. However, every family is unique, so it's impossible to accurately predict exactly how assets will get split between spouses.

Be mindful of your surroundings and prevent rear-end car crashes

It happens something like this: You're on your way to work at around 6:30 a.m. The sun isn't quite up, and the morning fog has yet to burn away, so visibility isn't perfect. You get a text from your husband, and you think it's safe to quickly respond, but when you look up from your phone you're surprised by a red light.

You stop a little too quickly for comfort and see another driver speeding toward you from behind. There's no way he's going to stop in time and, "smash," he hits you.

7 things you should do after a car accident

No one leaves the house planning to get in a car accident. You were just planning a quick run to the grocery store. You put your kids in the back seat, in their carseats, and headed out to the closest store. It was ten minutes away, but you didn't even make it halfway there. Another driver thought that a two-way stop was actually a four-way stop, didn't yield the right of way and pulled out in front of you. You slammed on the brakes, but you still smashed into the side of the other car at close to 60 miles per hour.

It's hectic and crazy, but there are seven things you need to try to remember to do after the accident:

How social media could harm your divorce case

We use social media every day. We post pictures of our children to Facebook, talk about our frustrations or triumphs with friends and share our everyday activities through tweets. Most people do not realize the consequences these posts might have on serious matters, such as a divorce. Emails, texts and any online posts can be used as evidence in court, which could affect the outcome of your divorce.