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At that time there was no Illinois divorce law on the subject of pet “custody.” Nonetheless, later in my career, I argued for custody of a dog’s ashes which were in an urn on the divorcing couples’ fireplace mantel. Again, I argued in both cases that the family dog was like a child or family member to my client. I knew that for many, a Pet becomes a best friend and a true member of the family. In both cases, I incurred the ire of the Judge who was not pleased with having the Judge’s time wasted. By the way, a good divorce lawyer will think first about his or her client’s beliefs and argue for them and only second about any potential waste of the Court’s time.

In March 2014, I wrote a blog and posted it here on our website entitled: Who Gets the Dog in an Illinois Divorce? The answer then being, that the dog was treated like any other property in an Illinois Divorce and divided according to the rules of marital versus nonmarital property with no recognition as to how important that Pet was to the client.

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Everyone by now has heard the often-quoted statistic that approximately 50% of all marriages in America end up in divorce. However, what people may not realize is that marrying at a young age can significantly increase your change of divorce. According to roundupdaily.com, the National Center for Health Statistics reports that 60% of those individuals who marry between the ages of 20 and 25 will end up divorced.

The article cites a number of reasons why young marriages are more likely to fail. Emotional immaturity, limited life experiences, lack of one’s sense as an individual, and a lack of time to spend together are all factors that can contribute to the failure of a young marriage. Likewise, younger people tend to act upon endorphins and feelings of happiness, rather than concrete emotions that will make a marriage more likely to last.

Furthermore, scientific research shows that women’s brains are not fully developed until age 25, and men’s brains do not develop until even later, between the ages of 25 and 30. As a result, individuals who marry before the age of 25 may not have the mental capacity to form the kind of bond needed to sustain a marriage. Finally, unrealistic expectations tend to doom young marriages, as well. Young marriage partners may not realize the full extent of what is needed to sustain a marriage over a long period of time, and may later decide that they don’t have a sufficiently strong relationship to maintain the marriage over the long term.

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