Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyIt is estimated that in Western cultures, up to 90 percent of the population will make one of the most important decisions of a lifetime - to tie the knot. But it is almost impossible to escape the staggering statistics that 40 to 50 percent of all American couples will face divorce.

To better protect an upcoming marriage, experienced therapists recommend either premarital counseling or adding these top five “tough talks” to the pre-wedding agenda.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyNo matter the circumstances, a divorce is an emotionally charged event in the lives of two people deciding to dissolve their marriage, but a divorce with a high-conflict personality can be especially challenging.

For those currently facing this type of situation, therapists and psychologists highly suggest the following five survival tips for divorcing a spouse who exhibits narcissistic and high-conflict defense tendencies.

Avoid Adding Fuel to the Fire

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyWith both female and male millennials opting against traditional marriage, CBS News is now reporting that millennial men are having even a more difficult time tying the knot. With marriage rates on a downward trend since the decade of protests and cultural change, economists are acknowledging that within a dwindling economy, men with less than stellar salaries are experiencing dwindling marital prospects.

David Autor, economics professor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT, strongly believes that the decline of American manufacturing, as well as the rise in Chinese imports, has greatly affected the blue-collar man in many areas, including their options for finding a compatible and committed partner.

Even if a man does find a partner, the prospects of lower incomes and fewer advancement opportunities have spiked instances of risky behavior often leading to the breakdown of the relationship and ultimately, divorce.

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Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyerIt appears as the American dream of marriage, owning a home and bringing the average of 2.5 children into the world, may be a shrinking violet. As millennials are pushing the marital age limits to 27 for women and 29 for men, the iconic picture of the traditional household is changing, especially when it comes to bringing a child into the fold. Taken from U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the number of two-parent households with children has declined by 20 percent since the 1970s.

Seen as a substantial decline, researchers contribute the results to millennials opting to marry later in life, the uncertainty of changes in current lifestyle, economic strain, alternative living arrangements and the underlying fear that the marriage will not endure the test of time, resulting in a divorce.

These hesitations are not unfounded as years of research indicates that once a child is born, the marriage and the relationship between partners undergoes a transformation.

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Illinois family law attorney, Illinois child custody attorneyA divorce can be devastating as it can touch almost every aspect of your life. For single mothers, the challenges may prove insurmountable as many will become destined to live at or under the national poverty line.

A study previously conducted by the University of Illinois stated that single mothers will likely earn approximately two-thirds less than their former partner and even with control variables such as employment options, number of hours worked, level of education and social capital, the income variation did not decrease significantly.

Researchers also reported at the time of the study that 28 percent of all children living within the United States lived in single parent home and, from that percentage point, 4.24 million single mothers were functioning below the poverty line in stark contrast to the 404,000 single fathers functioning at that level.

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