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  • Asset Protection During a Divorce

    Getting a divorce is not just an emotional process, but a financially difficult one as well. Divorcing spouses risk taking a major hit to their financial health during a divorce, especially without proper legal guidance on their side. While you might be tempted to fixate on what went wrong in your marriage or on how to cope with this major change in your life, it is crucial to also try to limit ...
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  • Tips for a Successful Co-Parenting Relationship After Divorce

    Divorcing spouses often cannot wait for the whole ordeal to be over and to put the past behind them. If you share children with your former spouse, however, you cannot simply move on and cut ties with your ex-spouse. The romantic portion of your relationship is over, but you will still have to co-parent your children together. Unfortunately, if there is lingering animosity, this situation can ...
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  • A Chronological Timeline for Divorce

    No two divorces are alike. For some, the process can be incredibly complex and time-consuming, while for others it could potentially be much more straightforward and relatively quick. That said, for those who are about to embark on moving forward with this decision and will soon work toward dissolving their marriage, having a general idea of the process and its timeline can be helpful in ...
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  • What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Illinois?

    Every state handles divorce in a slightly different way, whether it involves how assets and property are divided, or if fault is required to file for a divorce. In Illinois, a spouse can file for divorce under traditional fault grounds, but it is also possible to file under irreconcilable differences, which is essentially a no-fault option. Below are some of the fault grounds under which you can ...
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  • What to Expect During the Divorce Process

    If you have never gone through a divorce, you might not know what to expect during this inherently emotional process. While no two divorces are alike, there are some things you can expect to happen, especially if your case ends up going through litigation. With a little more clarity and insight, you can navigate this situation with more realistic expectations and ease. Below are some things you ...
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  • Divorcing as a Business Owner: What You Need to Know

    Divorce can be complicated and, for business owners, it can be even more difficult to navigate as you begin to untangle and divide certain assets and liabilities. In Illinois, once property is classified as separate or marital and assigned a value, it will be distributed among both parties. This can be fairly straightforward when it comes to bank accounts, but a little hairy when it comes to a ...
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  • Divorce vs. Separation: Understanding the Differences

    If your marriage is troubled and you are considering your options moving forward, you have likely considered the idea of getting a divorce or legal separation. You might also be wondering what the differences between the two are and which is more suitable for your goals. These are important and valid questions, so before you settle on either one of these options, take a moment to learn more about ...
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  • Will a Divorce Affect My Taxes?

    The end of a marriage is not only devastating, but it also leaves a number of financial and logistical issues in its wake. One of the main problems that many separating couples may need educate themselves about is how divorce will change their tax burden. Below are the following topics that might make the first year of tax-paying after divorce more complex—and how to deal with these changes. ...
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  • How to Communicate with Your Spouse during Divorce

    If you and your soon-to-be-ex had a difficult time communicating while you were together, how are you supposed to communicate now that you are going through a divorce ? It is important to understand that channeling your anger and frustration will have consequences. A lack of constructive communication can result in a lack of productive legal action, leading to additional costs (e.g. attorney fees, ...
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  • Does Infidelity Affect Divorce in Illinois?

    If you discover that your spouse is having an extramarital affair with another person, you may wish to file for divorce on grounds of adultery. However, doing so might not lead to the results you are looking for. Although Illinois recognizes adultery as divorce grounds, you could most likely end your marriage in a quicker and more economical manner if you filed on the state’s no-fault ...
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  • Tips for a Happier Divorce

    Regardless of whether you decided to end your marriage or your spouse did, getting divorced is painful. Nobody gets married and expects for the marriage to end. Divorce can be expensive, stressful, difficult for your children, and erratic. While it may not quite seem possible now, you can have a happier life after divorce than you can imagine. Keep in mind, the happiness won’t just become ...
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  • Common Mistakes After a Divorce

    As soon as the final hearing has commenced and you’ve signed your divorce agreement, you may feel a huge sense of relief. You are now free to start a new chapter of your life without the burden of court dates, attorney fees, or invasion of your privacy. Everything can return to normal. However, beginning a new life comes with its own set of obstacles. Additionally, some aspects of your ...
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  • Why Moving Out During Divorce is a Bad Idea

    A house is typically a couple’s most valuable financial asset, and most people are emotionally tied to their home as well, especially when children are involved. For those reasons, the questions of whether one spouse should move out when the other decides to divorce can be a contentious issue. Although it may seem like moving out would probably be best for all parties involved, kids ...
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  • Am I Eligible for an Uncontested Divorce?

    When both spouses agree to a divorce, filing for an uncontested divorce is a fast and cost-effective option. The streamlined procedure includes fewer proceedings, less legal wrangling, lowered courts costs, and lowered attorney bills, allowing many couples to get their divorce granted more quickly compared to contested divorce. These types of divorces are typically available to couples who agree ...
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  • How to Act in Divorce Court

    Whether it’s the first or the last, you are being evaluated at every court appearance during your Illinois divorce. The judge presiding over your case and the lawyers involved are assessing your character and credibility, analyzing you to figure out if you are emotional and easily frazzled or cool, calm, and collected. Although many couples experiencing the divorce process become stressed ...
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