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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyAs per the latest data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. divorce rate is approximately 3.2 per 1,000 with 45 states and the District of Columbia reporting. Further statistical data reports that for those families navigating through divorce, the aftermath significantly increases the number of single parent households. Currently, single-parent homes headed by women encompasses almost 10 million while single parent homes run by men accounts for a little over two million households.

Although as the divorce rate appears somewhat optimistic in theory, two-thirds of all marriages will ultimately end in divorce. For the parent who has been awarded full custody or will be accepting the bulk of the parenting life, post-divorce may prove challenging.The following suggestions may assist new single parents with settling into a new reality:

Seek Emotional Support

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Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyerWith 1,300 newly blended families forming every day in the United States, it is estimated that nearly 40 percent of these marriages represent the second time around for one or even both of the spouses. For those entering a second marriage or those vacating a first marriage via divorce, perhaps some thought should be given to birth order and how this concept can and perhaps played a significant role in the relationship status. To completely understand the basic elements of this theory one may first explore their personal connection to the birth order hierarchy.

The Kingdom of the Firstborn

If you were born under the firstborn cosmos, you rule but then again you were the experiment under Parenting 101. You were the “first” at everything, you are the reigning king or queen of all siblings but also the first to meet high parental expectations leading you into the kingdom of perfection. You find yourself an organized individual who takes life seriously but also one who feels the pressure to always reach new heights.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyA recent national publication ran an article with the headline, “Men Without Full-Time Jobs Are More Likely to Divorce.” This may seem like a “no-brainer” as arguments stemming from financial difficulties is often listed as the primary reason couples tend to divorce.

A recent study authored by Alexandra Killewald, a professor of sociology at Harvard University, found that for couples married between 1975 and 2011, whether or not the husband held full-time employment outside the home was rarely an issue, but for couples married after 2011, the issue of paid and non-paid work was more likely to affect the stability of the marriage.

Killewald found that financial stability and who earns the paycheck does not necessarily indicate a divorce is looming but rather that the stability of the marriage depends on the behaviors and stereotypic notions of each spouse, i.e., husband-breadwinner and wife-homemaker. If there is conflict in this area, the marriage could be jeopardized.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyIt has become the most relevant topic of divorce in the U.S.: our national divorce rate. Source after source cite that our national divorce rate runs as high as 50 percent for all marriages today, but some disagreeing scholars assign a lower rate of between 42 to 45 percent. No matter the actual rate, the national divorce rate is relatively higher than what perhaps proponents of marriage would like to see but for those in various professions, the experts have even less than positive projections.

Relying on divorce data and job related stress variants, USA Today recently compiled a list of the top five professions that lack a favorable work-love life balance. To see if your current profession places you and your spouse at risk, review the report’s top five divorce producing contenders.

Gaming Professional

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyWith study after study highlighting the negative and possible long-lasting effects of divorce on a child, some parents may feel compelled to avoid seeking the services of a qualified divorce attorney for as long as possible. Although one parent or even both are confident that the marriage no longer meets their personal expectations, haunting questions on how the divorce may affect their child arise. Will the child suffer academically, discover new-found behavioral issues or turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with the breakdown of the nuclear family?

Wendy Paris, contributor to Psychology Today and author of "Splitopia: Dispatches from Today’s Good Divorce" and "How to Part Well," draws not only on personal experience but several research studies to address these underlying questions. Paris, who knew that she could no longer stay in her marriage sought out researchers, clinicians, divorced couples and even adult children of divorce to solidify that she could raise a happy and healthy child following divorce.

Paris concluded that our adult preconceived notions of raising a child in a traditional family is the only way to raise a well-adjusted child could not be further from the truth.

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