Divorce | Chicago Illinois Family Law Blog - Part 2
As family law attorneys, we’ve seen people who go to great lengths to avoid divorce. And while there are good reasons for a couple to work through their problems and stay married, it’s also true that in many cases, divorce is in the best interests of everyone involved.
Shock. Anger. Disgust. Weariness. Sadness. Loathing. So much pain.
Now, let’s go to court.
Who can forget the powerful images of celebration on North Halstead Street, right here in Chicago, on June 26, 2015? That was the day when the United States Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage at a state level were unconstitutional. That ruling was the most significant legal victory for advocates of gay marriage in U.S. history.
But sadly, as with different-sex marriages, some of those relationships won’t last. According to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, on average, 1.1% of same-sex couples dissolve their legal relationships each year. This rate is lower than the annual divorce rate for married different-sex couples (2%).
Going through a divorce is almost always stressful and traumatic. But few people are aware how modern technology and the rise of social media platforms have complicated what was already a difficult ordeal. It is important to realize that your online footprint can adversely impact your divorce proceedings.
Divorce, even under the best of circumstances, can be a traumatic experience. You will face emotional stress and fears regarding your future security. If you have children, you will rightfully worry about the impact a divorce will have on them. But if your spouse is suffering from mental illness of any kind, then the complications can be even more damaging—and might even prove dangerous.
Divorce: It’s that dreaded word that no one wants to hear, yet half of marriages today will experience it. Not only does divorce bring with it the emotional heartache and stress, but it comes with the overwhelming job of dividing up all assets between you and your spouse. This division of property can become especially complicated when you and your spouse shared investments. These can include your home, vacation properties, real estate, businesses or corporations, stocks, bonds, retirement plans, and any other financial investments you and your spouse made during the course of the marriage.
In the new year, Illinois has made major changes to its divorce and family laws. For the first time in years, Illinois has updated its Dissolution of Marriage Act, changing the way the state handles divorces.
The first Monday after the new year always means a significant increase in inquiries by people who are considering a divorce. The trend is so well-known that in Great Britain it even has a name: “Divorce Day.”
Here in the United States, studies have found that calls to divorce attorneys rise 20 to 30 percent in the first weeks of the new year. Some attorneys compare it to a “New Year’s resolution.” They note that for many people, the conclusion of the holidays–plus the potential represented by the new year–are enough of a push for them to seek the advice they need to make a change.
Every Sunday newspaper reports the happy anniversaries of couples who’ve been married twenty, forty, or even fifty years. But for every happy long-term couple, there is a couple seeking to split after decades of marriage.
Why do these couples break up? What can you do if you are contemplating divorce after many years of marriage?
During any divorce, the two most common negative emotions people experience are anxiety and fear. These are understandable feelings. You’re stepping away from everything you know, into a future where all the details – from your financial health to the time you spend with your children – are uncertain.
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