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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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  • Gray Divorces

    Although divorce rates have remained relatively low for most age groups over the past 20 years, there is one demographic where divorce rates have actually doubled—couples involved in long-term marriages. This phenomenon is commonly known as “gray divorce,” which refers to men and women who divorced after 40 years or more (i.e. baby boomers). The following are common reasons why ...
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  • The Benefits of Mediation

    Mediation is a process for resolving conflict and coming to an agreement where both spouses control the outcome of the divorce. A disinterested third party, known as the “mediator,” assists the parties in determining a mutually acceptable divorce settlement. In contrast to hotly-contested court litigation, mediation emphasizes cooperation, problem-solving, and address all needs of ...
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  • New Illinois Divorce Law Treats Pets More Like Children

    Aside from child custody, alimony, and property division, one of the most contentious divorce issues is custody over family pets. While, in the past, companion animals were treated like assets or properties in divorce proceedings, a new Illinois divorce law will require the family courts to start treating them like children. The new state law—which took effect on January 1, 2018—will ...
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  • New Tax Law Scraps Alimony Deduction

    In the divorce process, one party may become legally obligated to make alimony payments to the other. Since these payments are typically costly, obtaining tax deductions for the payer has often been a critical step in formulating a divorce settlement. By contrast, the recipient’s payment is generally taxed like regular income. The current setup tends to preserve more money overall to ...
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  • 5 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Divorce Lawyer

    Getting ready for your divorce is a multistep process, beginning with asking the right questions to your divorce attorney. Finding the answers early on can prepare you for the road ahead and allow you to anticipate and overcome what would have been some big surprises in your case. Here are five questions you should always ask your divorce attorney: Will I need to pay spousal maintenance? One of ...
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  • Online Divorce Vs. Hiring a Divorce Attorney

    Everyone in the modern day understandably wants convenience wherever they can get it. The technology of our times has allowed us to expedite almost everything and place an endless virtual world right at our fingertips. However, not every technological advance is beneficial. Sometimes, adding convenience subtracts other important factors and considerations. This the case with the latest trend in ...
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  • Do I Need an Attorney for My Divorce?

    Most anyone going through a divorce will be immediately confronted with a variety of new concerns and questions that require a legal understanding of the situation to address. Knowing their rights and responsibilities is crucial to protect their best interests. Anticipating the typical litigation process is also essential in case matters do not pan out amicably and a family law judge is needed to ...
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  • Choosing the Right Divorce Lawyer to Manage Your Divorce

    Attempting to go through a divorce alone is not recommended and, thankfully, rarely attempted. Retaining a divorce lawyer is simply too beneficial to ignore. However, you should not blindly pick and hire the first divorce attorney that you see. You need to take some time to look for the right divorce attorney for your unique divorce case. Otherwise, you could be jeopardizing your best interests ...
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  • How to Protect Your Personal Property During Divorce

    Illinois recognizes two different types of property during divorce: common law property and personal property. Like most states, Illinois determines that any assets acquired by one spouse during a marriage are the property of that particular spouse. For example, if one spouse purchases a car and places it solely in their name, then Illinois law states that the car belongs to them. However, were ...
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  • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

    Life is not stagnant and situations constantly change, but for divorced couples who share children, drastic changes can present some big issues that can be difficult to overcome, especially if these changes involve a big move. If you are considering relocating with your child after a divorce, it is crucial to carefully examine this decision without hastily beginning the process. Here are some ...
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  • Can My Divorce Decree Be Changed?

    Life is fluid and constantly changing, which the courts understand. That is why it is possible for individuals to request a modification to their divorce decree. A divorce decree specifies rights and obligations regarding spousal support, the division of property, and child custody and support, among other issues. Either party can petition to amend a divorce decree to modify any number of the ...
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  • How is the Military Divorce Process Different?

    Well over a million people serve in the United States Armed Forces, so it should come as no surprise that many of them choose to also have families while serving, which means they could be subject to family law matters including divorce. The divorce process for military personnel is in many ways the same as those in the private sector, but there are also additional rules that need to be followed ...
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  • Child Visitation FAQ

    Divorce can make life seem pretty uncertain, especially when it comes to visitation and custody of your children. You likely have a lot of questions, so to shed some clarity on the situation, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding child visitation. Here are some answers to commonly asked child visitation questions: What does the term “reasonable visitation” ...
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  • How to Protect Yourself Financially During Divorce

    The decision to move forward with a divorce is an emotional one, but it is important to keep a clear head and to take the necessary steps to protect yourself financially during the process. In fact, many of the steps you can take to safeguard your financial health can be done early on in the divorce process, allowing you to rest easier at night. Here are some tips to protect your finances if you ...
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  • Determining Separate & Community Property During Divorce

    Divorce is not only a hugely emotional experience, but also a very technical one as you begin to unlink your shared lives. If you and your spouse had a particularly long marriage, determining what property is separate and what is shared might be a difficult task, which is why it is crucial to have a skilled divorce attorney assist you throughout this process. Of course, it would also be a good ...
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  • How to Help Your Kids Cope with Divorce

    Divorce is difficult, but no matter how hard you think it is, it will most certainly be more difficult for your children to cope with since they cannot fully understand why it is happening. The only thing they can see is that their parents will no longer be together. To minimize the impact of this emotionally overwhelming experience, you and your spouse will have to take some steps to help relieve ...
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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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