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Illinois in the top 10 for least-divorced states

Some recent statistics indicate that divorce may be less common here in Illinois than it is in quite a few other states. 

The statistics were compiled by FindTheHome using data from the 2013 American Community Survey. The statistics regard what percentage of total state population is divorced in the different states.

Actions you can take to improve health & wellness during divorce

Getting through divorce with your health and your sanity intact is rarely an easy task. That's one reason why it is common to hear phrases like "divorce battle" and "surviving divorce." One of the best things you can do to improve the divorce process and the divorce outcome is to find an experienced family law attorney who will strongly advocate for your interests.

Beyond that, surviving divorce often requires a good self-care routine and the adoption of healthy coping mechanisms. It all starts with physical self-care: Diet, exercise and sleep.

The financial difficulties women can face after a divorce

There are many different changes that can occur in a woman's life after a divorce. One is a significant change in financial situation. 

The time following a divorce can sometimes be a financially difficult one for a woman. This can particularly be the case for women who were stay-at-home moms during the course of their marriage. Here are some examples of things that can pose financial challenges for women following a divorce: 

  • Problems finding a job: Women who were stay-at-home moms while married may have difficulties finding a job following a divorce. Sometimes, they have to settle for rather low-paying jobs while they try to increase their overall job qualifications through things like going back to school. 
  • Not having much time available to work: Things like taking courses to improve one's job qualifications and caring for the kids can leave a divorced woman with not a lot of time to work, which can have significant income implications.  
  • Education costs: A woman could end up taking on quite a bit of student debt following a divorce in efforts to get the education needed to get a better job. 
  • Child care costs. 

Divorces after short marriages can still have major implications

Sometimes, a couple experiences major marital troubles not long into their marriage. This can sometimes lead to a couple deciding to divorce at a relatively early stage of their marriage. 

One thing a person who is getting divorced after a short marriage may be tempted to think is that a divorce couldn't possibly have that significant of impacts after only being married for a small period of time and thus that having skilled legal guidance and advice really isn't that important when ending a short marriage through divorce.  

The marital home in a divorce: lots of things to consider

One of the assets that often ends up being dealt with in the division of property in a divorce is a marital home. There are several different ways the marital home issue could be handled in a property division. The home could be kept, with the home being given to one of the divorcing parties as part of the overall property division. Another option is that the home could be sold, with the divorcing parties splitting up the money coming from the sale. 

One thing that can end up skewing a divorcing party's view of a marital home in a divorce is the high amount of value a home can have. Marital homes can be very high-value assets, both in an emotional sense and a monetary sense. Thus, a person's knee-jerk reaction in a divorce might be that it is best for the marital home to be kept and that they should fight as hard as they can to be the one that ends up with the home in the divorce.

Do noncustodial parents in IL have a right to child visitation?

Sometimes, in a divorce, a court will decide that custody of the divorcing couple's kids should be shared jointly by both parents. Other times though, a court decides on a custody arrangement in which just one of the parents has custody. When this occurs, the other parent (the noncustodial parent) may have significant concerns regarding what this will mean for their relationship with their children.

One thing it is important for a divorcing parent to note is that, if they are not granted custody of the children, this does not mean they won't be able to have any time with the kids. In fact, time with the kids is something a noncustodial parent generally has the right to. Under Illinois law, barring certain circumstances, reasonable visitation rights in relation to their kids are something noncustodial parents in the state are entitled to.

More dads coming out equal in child custody agreements

As families across America recently celebrated Father’s Day, the time may be ideal to touch upon the growing involvement that many men take in their children’s lives. However, despite more involvement from fathers, the vast majority of child custody plans between divorced parents do not necessarily reflect that relationship. Despite this, an increasing number of men in Illinois and across America are fighting for more time with their kids.

The increasing willingness of fathers to take on the responsibility of hands-on child rearing might stem from the fact that women have gained more rights in the workplace. In fact, as women have gained more equal rights in terms of employment, more men have made the switch to staying at home with their children. The number of stay-at-home dads has nearly doubled since 1989.

Former nurse loses child custody of sick son

A mother is currently embroiled in a heated argument over her son’s medical care at an Illinois hospital. Apparently, after she attempted to advocate for his healthcare needs, the hospital informed her that Illinois DCFS would be intervening, and that she had temporarily lost child custody of her son. The teen is currently still at a foster home.

The 16-year-old teenager suffers from neurofibromatosis, a genetic disease that causes tumors to grow throughout his body. Additionally, after a partial amputation of his left leg two years ago, he also deals with convulsions in that same leg. In May 2014, the boy had surgery to remove tumors that had grown in various areas throughout his body, including his spine and leg.

Woman more likely to be held responsible for child support

Divorce can be a tricky business, particularly where children are concerned. Child support can be one of the most divisive elements of a divorce agreement, as some Illinois residents are aware. However, the times are changing and divorce agreements are changing with them -- more and more, it is the woman in the relationship who is required to provide child support for any children of a union coming to an end.

Studies conducted last year revealed that almost 40 percent of American households with children now rely on the mother as the primary breadwinner. This indicates an unprecedented role reversal in the American family unit in which, for the first time, women are in a position of financial authority. However, with this success may come the responsibility of being the superior earner in the relationship.

Heading to court during divorce should be considered carefully

Although movies and TV shows often depict divorces as contentious affairs with both parties waging war in a courtroom, this may not be as factual as it is often depicted to be. A recent estimate puts the number of divorces that are settled outside of court at 95%. When trying to determine whether an Illinois individual should settle a divorce or head to court, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

Taking a keen look at what a couple is arguing about can help determine whether a trip to court is required. For instance, a disagreement concerning shared parenting time or the amount of support likely doesn’t require court and can be hammered out in mediation instead. However, if whether support should even be paid at all is in question, this disagreement might be better suited for the courtroom.

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