Couples in Cook County who no longer want to be married sometimes want to know whether they should seek a divorce or an annulment. People often think that an annulment is preferable to a divorce for different reasons; sometimes those reasons are based on the person’s religion, but a preference for an annulment can also arise from concerns about the social stigma of divorce. Can a person choose whether to get an annulment or a divorce? In short, anyone who[...]
If you are thinking about filing for divorce or know that your spouse will be filing soon, you are likely thinking about the financial aspects of the divorce and whether spousal maintenance will come into play in your divorce case. In particular, when one of the spouses was the primary earner during the marriage, the other spouse likely is concerned about whether he or she will be eligible to receive spousal support. We want to say more about how the[...]
If you are having problems in your marriage, you might be thinking about filing for divorce in Chicago. At the same time, you may have heard about the possibility of separation—and legal separation, specifically—as an alternative to divorce. Is it possible to become legally separated? In short, the answer is yes: One of the parties in a married couple can seek a legal separation. However, it is important to understand how a legal separation differs from a physical separation and,[...]
Is it possible to have a friendly divorce in Chicago? In other words, do spouses actually come to a joint agreement to end their marriage on terms that are favorable to both parties? While most divorces involve at least some contentious issues, spouses often are able to resolve these matters so that they can still have an uncontested divorce. In other cases, even when the parties disagree about certain terms pertaining to property division, for example, it may still be[...]
Are you thinking about divorce in Chicago, but routinely having second thoughts for reasons that are not necessarily helpful to your own well-being or happiness? There are many reasons that people remain in marriages that are difficult and even psychologically or physically harmful. Yet for many people, coming to the realization that it is possible to get divorced and to be happy despite having more limited resources ultimately makes the decision to file for divorce worth it. A recent article[...]
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