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Attorneys Cite Facebook, Match.com in Divorce Cases

It's not a good idea to post too much on Facebook or Twitter if you're going through a divorce. Remember, social media can be quite revealing. And the last thing you want is to reveal more than you need to. It can be used against you as evidence.

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 64 percent of respondents said they've cited Match.com as a source of evidence in divorce cases.

What Is a Financial Affidavit in a Divorce?

Do you know what a financial affidavit is?

Financial information is sensitive and very important when going through a divorce. A financial affidavit is just one of many numerous documents that you may need in a divorce proceeding.

First off, an affidavit is a sworn statement made under oath. It's usually in writing.

A recent Forbes article talked about financial affidavits and what women should know about them. Why is this particularly important for women?

Legal Separation or Divorce: What's the Difference?

Before getting a divorce, many couples try some time apart in the form of a legal separation. It also seems that for some, the divorce never happens. They choose legal separation as a permanent option.

That might be related to costs, since getting a divorce can be expensive. Staying separated also allows those couple to reap the benefits of being legally married without being together.

If you're considering divorce, it might be worthwhile to stop and think about legal separation. Is it for you? Here are a few things to consider:

Figuring Out Alimony and the Factors Courts Consider

If you're getting a divorce, or even just considering it, you've probably also thought about alimony. How much will it be, and what factors will the court consider in its decision?

We can't help much with the first question, as alimony calculations depend almost entirely on your personal situation. But we can help with the second.

While the outcome differs depending on finances, the questions courts ask are generally the same all over Arizona. Here are some of the more common factors: