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DuPage County divorce attorney, silver lining in divorceFor many couples, it is hard to find a positive perspective on their divorce, especially when the circumstances surrounding it have been anything but pleasant. We have all heard the horror stories from our friends, family, and neighbors; it is only natural to compare those accounts with our own and, as a result, only see the negative aspects of the split.

Undoubtedly, divorce is often a hurtful, turbulent, emotional experience. Regardless of the negative nature of the situation, however, there are advantages to being placed in a situation where you are forced to end a relationship and start fresh.

What You Gain from the Loss

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DuPage County divorce attorney, divorce trendsWhen it comes to ending a marriage, the idea of good timing is nonexistent. Even the very best of circumstances can appear bleak in the midst of such a life-changing event. Divorce affects the whole family, and there is no greater challenge for a previously attached adult who once shared his or her life and home with someone else than to pack up, pick up, and start over again. Still, some couples choose to delay the divorce process, in hopes of waiting until the time is right.

Cultural Rituals and Human Psychology Play a Role in Divorce 

Maybe you want to avoid the disruption of your child’s studies that will result from relocating in the middle of the school year, or maybe you simply want to wait until after the holidays have passed to break the bad news to the family. Whatever the case, studies suggest there are certain factors that influence a couple’s decision to wait for the “best” time to call it quits. It turns out that divorces seem to revolve around our views of the seasons, special times of the year, and what we believe they represent.

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DuPage County divorce attorney, divorce adjustment, children and divorceAdjusting well to the life-changing transitions brought on by divorce is important for the whole family, but making it through the process without a few battle scars is unlikely. Even the most civil, considerate couples will experience a few bumps in the road due to the inevitable emotional toll divorce takes on the mind and body. If you have children, the emotional footwork is double fold, as it takes more energy, patience, and dedication to care for the young, developing minds in the family in addition to your own needs.

What Children Struggle with Most

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), children of parents who remain in high conflict marriages instead of divorcing tend to have more problems as they grow up. Research shows that within two years after a divorce, a majority of children are able to adjust well, although many factors can impact the quality of the adjustment period.

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DuPage County divorce attorney, Illinois divorceEach state in the country sets its own laws regarding how marriage and divorce are to be handled. Although these laws are often similar, there can sometimes be a vast difference in how states address the different aspects of a dissolution of marriage. Grounds for divorce is one area where the laws often differ from state to state.

For example, there is a bill pending in Oklahoma which would make the “guilty” party in a divorce pay the other spouse. Under current Oklahoma law, a person can file for divorce on the grounds of abandonment, adultery, extreme cruelty, fraudulent contract, impotency, or incompatibility. However, if the new law passes, incompatibility would no longer be a grounds for divorce if the couple has minor children, have been married for more than 10 years, or one of the spouses object to the divorce. The “injured” spouse would also receive a greater share of the marital estate. 

It is unlikely that a law like this would be passed in Illinois. In fact, last year, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act had a complete overhaul and one of the many changes that lawmakers passed had to do with divorce grounds.

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DuPage County family law attorney, paternityAccording to national statistics, there are approximately 1.5 million babies born each year to unmarried women. Although in many of these families the father immediately acknowledges paternity and his name is added to the birth certificate, there are also thousands of other families where one of the parents—either the mother or father—denies paternity.

There are several important reasons why paternity should always be legally established and an experienced family law attorney can discuss what course of action is the best for your particular situation.

Illinois Law

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