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Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyerOften when there is a hint that a marriage may be heading toward divorce, one or both spouses may suggest several sessions with a marriage counselor. For better or worse, working with a marriage counselor may be advantageous but some experts hold a different position as to the benefits of this type of counseling and how it affects the marriage overall.

Studies on the benefits of marriage counseling, dating as far back as 1987 with numerous studies conducted in decades thereafter, suggested that although couples retained most of what they learned through counseling only experienced improvements in the marriage for up to one year and with multiple relapses, ultimately leading to divorce.

To delve further into the question of if marriage counseling can save or hinder a marriage, licensed marriage and family therapist Marianne Clyde of the Marianne Clyde Center for holistic psychotherapy expressed her views. Clyde’s answer to the question of the benefits of marriage counseling is simple, it all depends.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinios family law attorneyGood Morning America (GMA), a daily morning television news broadcast and member of the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) family, recently visited this very subject.n When interviewing a recently divorced Chicago couple with four children, the GMA team found that this type of living arrangement is not as peculiar as one may believe. GMA also reported that many divorce attorneys are finding this to be a new trend among recently divorced couples as a means to ward off further financial hardship often associated with a recent divorce.

Family therapists agree, but warns couples that strong ground rules first need to be established, and offer the following advice to couples facing this unconventional living arrangement.

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How long must I wait to get divorced in Illinois? How short is the waiting period to get divorced in Illinois?

How often have you heard someone say, "I can't wait to be divorced?" Prior to January 1, 2016, under Illinois divorce law, spouses could divorce using the grounds of "reconcilable differences" if both parties agreed [stipulated] that they had been physically separated for a period of more than six months. However, if only one spouse wanted the divorce, irreconcilable differences as a grounds for Illinois divorce was delayed until after the couple was physically separated for a period of at least two-years.
Shorter Waiting Period to Get Divorced in Illinois
Times have really changed in Illinois. There is now a much shorter waiting period for those wanting to be divorced in Illinois. Effective January 1, 2016, new Illinois divorce law has dramatically reduced that waiting time to six months if one spouse objects to the divorce. The new Illinois divorce law of January 1, 2016 has also dramatically reduced the waiting time if the parties agree to no wait at all.
No Waiting Period to Get Divorced in Illinois in Uncontested Cases
That is right. There is no wait at all to get divorced in Illinois. If the parties petition for divorce on day "one" they could be divorced by day "two" or as long as it would take an experienced divorce lawyer to prepare the necessary papers and process the case to the court. Two or three day divorces from start to finish may soon become the waiting time reality to get divorced in the state of Illinois.

Changes to the Law As it Now Reads

(750 ILCS 5/401) (from Ch. 40, par. 401)

Sec. 401. Dissolution of marriage.

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Illinios prenuptial lawyer, Illinois divorce attorneyFor anyone who follows the glitz and glam of the Hollywood crowd, there is no doubt prenuptial agreements have always been a mainstay on Hollywood Boulevard, but has the prenup finally traveled to Main Street, U.S.A.? The answer, yes as it is now notable that prenuptial agreements are not reserved for the rich and famous. It is estimated that more prenup agreements are being drafted at the request of 46 percent of women nationwide.

As researched as far back as 2010, an interactive Harris poll revealed that 44 percent of all singles and 49 percent of all couples who enlisted the assistance of a prenuptial agreement attorney believed that a prenuptial agreement was not only a good idea but an integral part of the wedding plan process. Fifteen percent of those polled had wished they had opted for one.

The following six factors may prove the most influential as the landscape of prenuptial agreements undergoes a territorial expansion.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyIt is estimated that over 2.4 million people or 25 percent of all couples planning a wedding will opt for a destination wedding. As this popular trend continues to establish itself as a romantic and affordable option by economically combining both the wedding and honeymoon, it also provides family members and guests with a well-deserved mini-vacation. Studies also prove that couples who spend less on their wedding lessen their odds of facing a future divorce.

As you may guess, the most popular foreign wedding destinations include white sand beaches, tropical trade winds and the promise of endless summer. Tropical wedding destinations have not only remained the leader in destination weddings but account for six of the top ten wedding destination sites.

  1. Mexico;
  2. Jamaica;
  3. Dominican Republic;
  4. Bahamas;
  5. Hawaii;
  6. United States Virgin Islands;
  7. Aruba;
  8. Fiji;
  9. Cruise Ships; and
  10. Europe.

If you are currently planning a destination wedding in one of these foreign countries, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs would like to remind you that research should be part of the wedding planning process.

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