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April 2018 Archives

Financial transparency can assist during property division

Going through the process of dividing marital assets is among the most daunting tasks in any divorce. For some Illinois spouses, however, property division decisions are even more challenging because they did not remain actively engaged in managing family finances during the marriage. Staying involved and insisting on financial transparency is critical to ensuring a fair division of wealth in the event of a divorce. 

This may seem like an unusual child custody arrangement

Illinois parents are always trying to find ways to make divorce easier and less stressful on their children. As such, some are turning to a more unusual child custody arrangement. Have you heard of bird nesting? It may work in your circumstances, even if only temporarily.

Making "I want a divorce" less painful

There are many ways in which the topic of divorce can come up for the first time between a couple. It may be something one of you blurts out in the heat of an argument, or something that you casually suggest when times are difficult. You may play "what-if" when discussing the demise of a friend's marriage, or the concept of divorce may simply be something the two of you understand is inevitable.

The role of counseling in a high asset divorce

Many Illinois spouses want to try couples counseling before they move forward with a divorce. Marriage counseling can be an effective way to save a relationship, and some couples experience a strengthened bond and renewed appreciation for one another as a result. However, some spouses avoid counseling based on fear that the therapist will suggest that the relationship cannot be saved, paving the way for a high asset divorce

Pets custody and property division

Pets are often considered to be part of the family. When talking about the kids, the family dog is included as a part of the discussion; when purchasing Christmas presents, this fluffy bundle of love receives his or her fair share. For this reason, when it comes to an Illinois couple's divorce, the family pet can become a point of controversy throughout property division negotiations.