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Hinsdale divorce lawyerMany people think that divorce only affects children when they are young and still living at home. In reality, it is difficult for children of any age to hear that their parents are getting a divorce. Adult children whose parents are getting a divorce also feel a sense of loss and sadness.

Typically those who have adult children have been married for years, and these kinds of divorces can be the most difficult because they have more history. It is important to remember that your children -- even if they are adults -- also need the love and support that would be given to younger children. Here are a few ways you can help your adult children deal with a divorce:

Wait until the Whole Family Is Together

Timing is everything and telling your adult children about your divorce is no exception to the rule. It is usually advisable to tell all children at the same time about the divorce. Schedule a family gathering during a time that works for everyone to break the news. The last thing you want is for one child to hear about the news from another child.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyStudies prove that 50 percent of all American children will experience the divorce of their parents before reaching 18 years of age. It is also estimated that these children will also witness the breakdown of a parent’s second marriage.

Furthermore, the emotional and physical repercussions can be discouraging. On a psychological basis, studies demonstrate that children of divorce may:

  • Exhibit poor school performance,
  • Require the assistance of a psychologist, and
  • Experience a higher rate of emotional or psychological issues.

With regard to physical implications, children of divorce may experience an increase in health-related problems such as a higher propensity to injuries, asthma, and headaches. Studies also reveal that children in single-parent, troubled households are subject to higher rates of physical harm or even death.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorneyWedding season is just around the corner as 10.8 percent of engaged couples opt to marry in the month of June, with August and October rounding out the top three preferred months to start a new life. With the average cost of a wedding at $20,000, couples earnestly plan for their special day but are they prepared to hurdle the varying different stages of marriage yet to come? Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, a licensed psychologist and marital counselor recently described the five stages of marriage and the effect each has directly on the marriage.

The Honeymoon Stage

Hartwell-Walker sets this phase at the first three to six months of a couple’s venture into marriage. She basically refers to this stage as the afterglow of the big day. Photos are posted online, relatives are still calling with congratulations and the memories of the big day are still in focus. During this phase, couples also experienced a new intimacy and an unbreakable bond of commitment.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyRecently the American Psychological Association (APA), a leading scientific organization comprised of researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students dedicated to societal issues and psychology, are now assisting couples ward off divorce through the development and application of scientifically tested relationship education-based programs.

In all probability and statistically, a new marriage has a 6.6 percent or one in 15 rate of survival and for many who opt not to divorce find themselves trapped in unhealthy marriages. The APA wants to increase the marital success rate by focusing on programs that increase positive interaction and communication among couples.

As early as the 1970s, research concluded that the quality of interaction and communication between couples was a highly predictable indicator whether or not the marriage was in distress and heading for divorce.

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Hinsdale divorce and family law lawyer, new child, same father, different motherI am already paying child support to the mother of my first child. Now I have a second child by my new girlfriend. How does the Illinois Court decide how much child support I should pay?

The Illinois law of child support provides that the first family comes first.

A father in Illinois may be ordered by a divorce judge or paternity judge to pay child support. In calculating the amount of child support, Illinois courts look first to the father's or payor’s net income.

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