Have you been married multiple times, and none of your marriages have worked out? Maybe you grew up in a single parent home and never saw what a happy marriage looked like. Here’s some consolation: if you’ve gone through a divorce, it actually might not be your fault. Divorce is most likely to be genetic, studies show. You may have grown up in a broken home, but that actually less to do with your decision to divorce than actual genetics.[...]
Many divorces are finalized in about six months or so. It’s rare for a divorce to last longer than a year. So you can imagine the frustration of one Illinois couple who took a whopping eight years to finally reach a settlement. Why did it take so long? There were significant assets involved. The 77-year-old man was the founder of Cancer Treatment Centers of America and had amassed a large fortune. The 52-year-old woman was on salary with the company[...]
You’ve probably heard of people who were stressed out and depressed after a divorce. Maybe that’s why you delayed filing for divorce for so long. You didn’t want to be one of those people. Just like everything else in life, you learn to take the bad with the good. Divorce is no different. You’ll have stressful days. But you’ll also have the opportunity to reinvent yourself. You have a newfound freedom. Your time is now all yours. If you’ve been[...]
Given that Illinois law recently changed the way it approaches child custody matters, it is important to think about the ways in which the new law might be better for children. As you may know, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) was revised so that the term of “child custody” no longer is used by courts. While the court still considers a family arrangement that is in the best interests of the child, instead of[...]
Many married couples get divorced in Chicago, and each typically has to go through the process of property distribution. In long-term marriages, especially, a married couple can acquire substantial amounts of property, and it can be difficult to know how the court is likely to divide that property. While some spouses can come to an agreement about issues concerning property division, the distribution of marital assets can quickly lead to a contentious and contested divorce. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution[...]
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