Divorce is not a new thing. Certainly most people in Illinois know people who have gotten divorced and many have been personally involved in a divorce either as the spouse or the child. However, despite that, there still remain many beliefs about divorce in America today that are not necessarily true. How well do you know what divorce is really like? If you are facing a divorce yourself, it will be helpful for you to have an updated view on this topic.
Decades ago, it was common for minor children to end up spending the bulk of their time with their mothers after a parental divorce. Fathers might have been given the ability to see their kids on one weeknight every week and perhaps every other weekend. Woman’s Day indicates this is no longer the standard case. Barring circumstances like abuse, courts are more inclined to seek ways for kids to have equal time with both parents. This may include living primarily with one parent but finding other ways for the non-residential parent to be involved regularly. At the same time, spousal support awards are no longer automatic for wives.
Other important things to know about divorce is that it does not have to put you in the poor house. Yes, it can be costly and yes, you may have to split your assets with your former spouse but you can adopt a more collaborative approach to reaching settlements that may keep costs manageable.
If you would like to learn more about the realities of getting divorced in Illinois, please feel free to visit the spousal support page of our marital dissolution website.