Category Archives: Family Law

Ilinois divorce laws, Illinois divorce attorneyThe average age of a failed marriage spans approximately 8.8 years before the couple is either seeking marriage counseling or the counsel of an experienced divorce attorney.

There are various reasons why couples forgo the counseling and navigate directly to seeking a qualified legal firm, but on a lighter note there are instances of bizarre reasons that brought an end to marital life.

The Thrill Is Gone. . .

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois divorce lawsIt is estimated that every year, over two million American couples wed. It is a happy yet hectic time as two people prepare to express their love for each other before family and friends. Vowing to work through life’s trials and tribulations in unison but, once married, is there a danger of losing one’s individuality?

Recently, The Huffington Post explored this question and how it may relate more to women than it does to the man of the house. Lindsay Detwiler, writer, high school English teacher, and wife, acknowledges there is often an assumption that when married, a woman silently accepts the back seat to her husband and is proud to do so as a wife.

Although this scenario may not be the norm, marriage can lessen a woman’s sense of self. They may be consumed with “wifely duties," place personal aspirations on the back burner, or bow to the social stereotypes often associated with marriage and, often later, divorce.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois marriage and divorce lawsDivorce at any age can be challenging but for the many seniors opting for divorce later in life, financial instability may climb to the top of the list. Grey divorce began trending as one of the most powerful generations, the baby boomers, are vacating their marriages at an alarming rate. It is reported that for every four divorces, one involves a couple 50 years or older. The trajectory for grey divorce estimates that Americans over the age of 50 are now twice as likely to divorce as their predecessors of 20 years ago.

Not only is this a trending topic, but one that involves new challenges, especially financial concerns. Unlike their counterparts who divorcing in their twenties or thirties and are discussing family law issues such as child custody, older couples face a different set of issues to contend with. Financial advisors urge those involved in a grey divorce to review retirement plans, real estate, business, and most importantly, debt.

Retirement Accounts: Division of Assets

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyAs the 2016 presidential campaign heats up, hypothetically one may wonder if individual political views can incite disagreeable heat in a relationship? Fox News Magazine explored this very subject and offers the following tips for coexistence between a staunch conservative and a bleeding heart liberal during this electoral season without consulting with an experienced divorce attorney.

For those in the dating stage, exploring relationships with a mate that shares the same political values as you do would make for a perfect world but for those who agree to disagree over political party affiliations it may be time to find common ground and draw a line in the sand.

To avoid rising tensions during the campaign season accentuate the positives of your relationship. Try to sort out political issues that you may agree upon and view the situation as a team effort.

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Ilinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyResearch has proven that divorce can be a very traumatic time in a child’s life, no matter their age. Different age ranges can produce varying ramifications and for the parents, it is imperative to continually monitor and minimize the level of emotional turmoil experienced by their children. What are the top 10 issues facing a child experiencing his or her parent's divorce?

1. This is Not Your Child’s Divorce   

As adults, the separating spouses should respect that even with one parent out of the picture, the child views the situation as that is my mother and that is my father. This dynamic should be respected, accepted and addressed.

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