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Read your divorce agreement.

That's right - thoroughly completely and more than once, read your own divorce agreement. It is the future roadmap of your life after your divorce. The more money you have the more important it is for you personally to read each and every page of your divorce agreement. Don’t rely on some else, even your attorney.

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grounds for divorce, Illinois divorce, Illinois divorce lawyer, DuPage County attorney, reasons for divorceMany dream of having a marriage that lasts for 50 years or more when they get married. Unfortunately, life rarely works out the way we imagine, and at times a relationship reaches the point where it becomes necessary to file for divorce.

According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, there are certain situations in which the court can enter a judgment of dissolution of marriage:

  • Impotence, where the spouse was unaware of their partner’s impotence at the time the marriage took place;
  • Adultery;
  • One spouse remains absent from the marriage for one year (including litigation and legal separations);
  • Habitual drunkenness lasting at least two years;
  • Excessive drug use for at least two years;
  • Physical or mental cruelty on the part of one of the spouses;
  • A spouse is convicted of a felony or infamous crime;
  • A spouse infects their partner with a sexually transmitted disease.

Additionally, divorces may be granted by the court in cases where both partners have lived apart for a period greater than two years due to irreconcilable differences. This time period may be shortened to six months, provided that the couple agrees to waive the period in a written statement to the court.

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Illinois divorce, divorce trends, divorce rates, lawyer, attorney, ChicagoA new U.S. study with 174 married couples followed pairs through a “movie and talk” study for three years, finding that newly married couples who watch romantic comedies and talk about the on-screen relationships are more likely to stay together. Those who didn’t discuss the components of relationships in the movie, on the other hand, were more likely to get divorced.

The study began with participants watching a 10 minute lecture about relationship awareness and how watching couples in movies could encourage members of a relationship to be more cognizant of their own behavior. Next, couples watched Two for the Road, a movie that covers the challenges and triumphs of infidelity and young love. After the movie finished, participants were asked to think about how certain characters managed their relationships and used communication skills with their partner. After this exercise, couples were asked to watch one movie from an approved list each week for one month.

The lead author of the study and a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, Ronald Rogge, believes that the study gave the couples as many benefits as could be obtained through couples’ therapy. The relationships within movies jumpstarted conversations between couples about behavior and communication, encouraging them to reflect that back on their own lives. Rogge believes that it is getting individuals to think more about their own behavior and how it can impact others as well as their own relationship that was most helpful for couples participating in the study.

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divorce, family law, Illinois, divorce attorney, DuPage County, divorce rateNew research argues that the higher the number of conservative Protestants in the area, the higher the divorce rate is, even for those who are not protestant. Researchers from the University of Texas and the University of Iowa went county by count through divorce rates to arrive at their conclusion, suggesting that even religions or locales that strongly support family values can be affected by divorce.

To conduct the study, the researchers controlled for the impact of poverty, which has a strong influence in the Bible belt and has previously been linked to higher divorce rates. Even when the researchers took into account the higher rate of marriage in southern states and even when income was factored into the equation, divorce rates were higher in counties where there were higher numbers of conservative Protestants.

Even individuals who were not religious were influenced by the higher divorce rate if they lived in a county with a large number of conservatives. These findings seem to match well with the conservative nature of the U.S. states that are second and third for divorce rates across the country, Alabama and Arkansas. When compared with states known for higher liberal populations, like New Jersey, and Massachusetts, it seems like divorce is more common among conservative Protestants.

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After a critical car accident, it’s normal to that you might be treated for a variety of imminent injuries that you sustained in the accident. Cuts, scrapes, open wounds, and broken bones are some of common injuries sustained following an automobile accident. Unfortunately, however, many accident victims continue to experience pain and symptoms for months and even years after an accident has occurred. One example of these symptoms is chronic neck pain. Chronic neck pain can generate severe stiffness and even headaches, making it difficult for accident victims to continue on with their lives. Some individuals may even find it difficult to work after a car accident that led to chronic neck pain.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, you may wear a neck brace to help support the healing and comfort of your neck. One symptom that is associated with chronic neck pain is a dual aching feeling throughout the neck. You might not recognize chronic neck pain at first because it’s often associated with multiple other symptoms. For example, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, tingling, and swelling of your lymph nodes are all common side effects of chronic neck pain. Since untreated neck pain can often travel up the back of the spine, you might believe that the root of your problem is migraine headaches. Facial pain and pinching feelings are also symptoms that you need to visit with the doctor about the severity of your chronic neck pain.

Neck pain after a car accident should not be ignored or underestimated. When left untreated, chronic neck pain can make it difficult for you to work, participate in activities that you enjoy, and even relax. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident and is currently experiencing symptoms of chronic neck pain, consult with your medical professional and then schedule an appointment with an Illinois personal injury attorney.

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