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  • Can I Get a Divorce if My Spouse is Missing?

    Can I Get a Divorce if My Spouse is Missing? You want to get a divorce, but cannot locate your spouse, so what are you supposed to do? In the state of Illinois, you can obtain a divorce through a process known as Service by Publication. However, a judge must be convinced, based on a sworn declaration, that you made a reasonable effort to locate or contact your spouse. Here is what you need to know ...
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  • Busiest Time of the Year for Divorce

    Busiest Time of the Year for Divorce Couples file for divorce every day, but there are particular times during the year that experience an especially higher volume of divorce filings than most other times. According to a study done by the University of Washington, divorce filings between the years 2001 and 2015 revealed that divorce peaked every year in March and August. Why were these months so ...
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  • Dating During a Divorce - Is It a Good Idea

    For many, divorce is not an easy experience to endure and can often make them feel lonely while life is in limbo. It might seem like the right time to start anew and get back into the dating scene to combat these feelings, but it can actually end up doing you more harm than good in many ways. Technically, your marriage is not over yet and dating before the ink is dry on your divorce decree can ...
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  • What Happens to the Family Home in a Divorce?

    For most families, the home is more than a piece of property or an asset, but a symbol of a life once shared. Deciding what happens to it in a divorce, therefore, is almost always a major point of contention and a concern for both spouses. If you still have minor children, you might be worried about uprooting them and how it will impact their ability to cope with an already overwhelming situation. ...
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  • What Are the "Best Interests of the Child"?

    In a divorce, what can complicate the proceedings is children. Both parents must either agree on child custody and visitation arrangements or allow the state to decide. Even if parents can agree on a parenting plan, the state must still approve it according to certain guidelines. Most states follow similar guidelines regarding how they make this decision, however. Judges have a duty to decide what ...
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  • How Is Debt Divided During a Divorce?

    For those unfamiliar with the divorce process in Illinois, the state will usually divide both assets and debts between the spouses. Typically, any income made and debt accrued during the marriage will be shared in the divorce. If you and your spouse didn’t sign a prenuptial agreement that separated your property and income before the marriage, you would be obligated to pay off the debt ...
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  • How Long Does a Divorce Take?

    If you’re thinking about divorce, you might also have wondered how much of your time it will ultimately take. Will it last weeks? Months? Perhaps a year or more? The answer to that question varies, depending on a number of different factors related to your circumstances. The first thing that will affect the length of time of the divorce is how much you and your spouse can agree on the issues ...
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  • What Happens If My Spouse Is Disobeying Court Orders?

    While many divorces can be complicated, some can be worsened by the nonparticipation or reluctance of one party. In some cases, only one-half of a couple wants to get divorced; the other wants things to remain as they are. If a spouse dislikes the proceedings or has a tendency to disobey authority in general, it can often be hard to force them to comply with any orders a court may decide on. For ...
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  • Pros and Cons of a Prenup

    A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is a signed and notarized contract that outlines how a couple will handle the financial aspect of their marriage. People used to think that prenuptial agreements were a guarantee that a marriage is going to fail. After all, why make a contract outlining what to do in the eventuality of a divorce? However, more and more couples are signing them, not as a guarantee ...
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  • What Factors Affect Child Custody?

    Divorce can be difficult for most couples, but those who are also parents have more to worry about. If a couple can’t agree on child custody arrangements, the court will typically decide how to divide the child’s physical and legal custody based on a number of factors. Most courts in the United States have an obligation to make a decision that is in the child’s best interests, ...
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  • Modifying Child Support Orders for Military Parents

    Life for servicemembers of the United States military can be complicated, particularly when going through a divorce. What complicates the process is child custody and child support. Active servicemembers are often deployed far away from their children, and they do not make as much money as you might expect they deserve. For example, if a military servicemember has a child, his or her child support ...
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  • How to Divorce in Illinois

    Divorce is largely the same across all states; however, there are small differences to note. In Illinois, for example, a divorce could look incredibly different from one in Florida or California. In order to get a divorce in Illinois, here are a few important steps to take. Step 1: Hire an Attorney First and foremost, determine whether or not you can afford to hire representation. A skilled ...
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  • How to Live with an Ex During the Divorce

    Unfortunately for some couples, moving out after deciding to file for divorce isn’t an option. Living on your own can be extremely expensive, particularly in cities with a high cost of living. For those who are forced to continue living with their ex, the situation can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. Here are a few tips to keep sane until the divorce is finalized and one of you can ...
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  • Top 10 Child Custody Questions

    Divorce can be complicated, but nothing can make the process as confusing and hard to deal with as child custody. Both parents want to spend as much time with their child as possible; however, more often than not, the court will award one parent physical custody of a child while the other shares legal custody. If you’re about to go through a divorce as a parent, here are some of the most ...
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  • Questions to Consider Before Hiring a Child Custody Attorney

    One of the things that can make divorce extremely difficult is deciding on child custody. You and your spouse both love your kids and want to spend as much time with them as possible, but courts will likely try and distribute the time between you as evenly as possible. If you and your spouse can’t agree on a child custody arrangement, you might have to let the court decide. This often ...
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