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.
No matter how many of your friends have gone through a divorce, their tales of woe did not begin to prepare you for your own divorce. It is one thing to watch it happen to a friend's marriage or to a character on TV, but when it is happening to you, you can't know what to expect.
As a parent, there is nothing more important than protecting the well-being of your children during a divorce. You know that kids benefit when they are allowed to have a close relationship with both parents after the divorce is final, and one of the ways that Illinois couples may be able to provide this for their kids is through a negotiated custody plan.
Divorce requires that two parties separate the shared aspects of their lives, which includes everything from marital property to bank accounts. In our technology-driven world, it could also require that the two parties spilt the online life they shared as well. Many Illinois couples have joint Facebook accounts, joint email accounts and other shared profiles, and it can be quite complex when the relationship is over.
You may have heard that the overall divorce rate throughout the nation has decreased in recent years; however, that only seems to be the case for people under age 50. If you have already celebrated a birthday beyond that, you're part of a group who has doubled its rate of divorce in the last 20 years. Did you recently tell your adult children and a few close friends you're planning to divorce?
For you and many other Illinois residents, your home may represent many important aspects of your life. You may have purchased your home and felt a great deal of independence, or you may have watched your children grow up in the home and felt the love that also grew there. Now that you are going through divorce, however, you may have more mixed feelings about your family home.
Divorce is never easy, but it can be particularly complex when one or both parties are active duty military. While military divorces have a lot in common with civilian divorces, there are special factors unique to these Illinois families that could have a significant impact on the final divorce order.
Most couples have heard about prenuptial agreements. In fact, if you or your spouse suggested such an agreement before you married, it may have caused some tension between you. Perhaps you and your partner ultimately discarded the idea, but now that you've been married awhile, you are starting to regret that you didn't follow through.
While it is always beneficial when a child can remain with one or both of his or her biological parents, it is not always possible. There are a variety of circumstances that may necessitate another adult stepping in and acting as guardian on behalf of a child, but the legal process of establishing this sort of protection can be arduous, even when it is clearly in the best interests of the child.
It is no secret that money is one of the most contentious issues in any Illinois divorce. Emotions and disagreements can quickly derail positive discussions over a financial settlement, particularly when there are valuable assets or a significant amount of money at stake.