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July 2015 Archives

Shift in divorce rates based upon age

Illinois couples who face the unfortunate prospect of divorce have many difficult challenges ahead. From an emotional standpoint, they must virtually reinvent their lives as individuals rather than as part of a unit. This also means giving up the ideas they had in their minds about the future they were going to have. From a financial standpoint, there can be retirement accounts, bank accounts, homes and other assets to be split in a property division settlement.

How can you explain divorce to kids?

Having to give bad news to a child can be one of the hardest things for a parent in Illinois. The death of a pet or a serious family illness, for example, can be emotionally hard on children. There are ways to discuss these things that can reassure your child. The same is true if you need to tell your child that you and your spouse are getting divorced.

A look at America’s falling divorce rate

Most people in Illinois have heard claims over several decades at how as many as half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce. That 50 percent number has been used so many times for so long that it is easy to understand why people simply accept it as true. However, a report published in the New York Times suggests that the 50 percent divorce rate in America is anything but true today.

Understanding post decree modifications

Even the most amicable divorce in Illinois can be emotionally draining and take a long time to finalize. Once the final paperwork has been signed and all documents have been approved by the court, most spouses are logically pleased to be what they consider done with the divorce issues and process. In some cases, this can happen but there are times when situations require further changes or assistance with a divorce decree. An alimony modification, for example, can be one thing you or your former spouse may seek.