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Sometimes, Divorce Is the Easier Option

By Nottage and Ward on May 26, 2018

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.

In a drastic example of “divorce avoidance” behavior, a Birmingham man admitted that he spent a decade hiding from his wife, and five of those years camping in secluded woodland. He left abruptly, without telling anyone, so that even his sister thought he was dead.

The reasoning he gave? “The more work I took on, the angrier my wife got—she didn’t like me being out of the house for long periods of time. The controlling behavior started to get out of hand and she demanded that I cut my hours. After a long time trying to stay in the marriage, I decided to leave for good.”

Wouldn’t it have been better for this man to seek a divorce rather than uproot his entire life, sever all ties with his loved ones, and live in the wilderness?

After nearly thirty years as Chicago-area divorce attorneys, we’ve seen plenty of extreme behavior. When people get desperate, they often resort to reckless, or even illegal, behavior, such as kidnapping, violence, attempted suicide, or emotional manipulation. If a marriage has broken down this badly, then a divorce should be encouraged.

Yes; divorce can be traumatic, but it also allows for new beginnings. A well-planned divorce can provide both spouses with an opportunity to work towards a new future, while creating a framework for fairly dividing their finances and establishing a parenting time schedule for their children.

At Nottage and Ward, LLP, we pride ourselves on our ability to meet the needs of every one of our clients. You can rest assured that we will handle any critical issues in a professional and confidential manner, while always looking out for the best interests of your family. Whatever legal, financial, or emotional difficulties you may be facing, we’ll do our best to help you overcome them, saving you the need to go hide away in the woods.

If you are thinking about a divorce, or have decided to get one, allow us to help you make the best out of a grueling situation. Contact us today at (312) 332-2915 to schedule a consultation to learn more about your options.

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