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Middle-aged divorce and marriage facts for women

Getting a divorce doesn't tend to be a positive experience for most women. As such, Illinois residents need to do everything they can to stay positive through the process, and remember that they are divorcing for a specific purpose: to better their lives. With this in mind, the following positive statistics about women's health and divorce may be of interest.

Research published by the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study, revealed some interesting statistics about middle-aged women, marriage and divorce. For one, women who get divorced later in life tend to benefit from better health.

Keep your bond strong with your children as the non-custodial parent

If you have been through a divorce and ended up as the non-custodial parent, you now face the challenge of maintaining a relationship with your kids when you do not see them half as often as you used to. It may be every other weekend and a few weeks in the summer, but you do not want your relationship with your kids to suffer because your marriage did not work. There are ways that you can maintain and even strengthen a relationship with your kids when they do not live with you.

Court rules wrongful conviction settlement divisible in divorce

A Chicago man who received a wrongful conviction settlement of $20 million after spending 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit could now lose part of his settlement money in a divorce. The man was wrongfully convicted of raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl in 1992. Fortunately for the man, in 2012, he was released from prison after DNA evidence proved his innocence.

In March 2015, he and his attorneys agreed to a $20 million settlement and after taxes and lawyer fees he was going to receive approximately $11.4 million. However, now his ex-wife is asking for a piece of the pie.

Successful ways to co-parent after a divorce

You know how hard the divorce is on you, but there is really no way to gauge how your children are feeling unless they are old enough to express their emotions. Children often feel frustration, guilt, sadness and anxiety when parents divorce, and they may act out to express those feelings. One important tool to protect your kids after a divorce is successful co-parenting. Now that you are living in different homes, it is vital that you and your ex are on the same page about most things when it comes to your kids.

LGBT spouses still face serious challenges

The legalization of same-sex marriage unions in 2015 represented an incredible step forward for gay rights across the nation. However, serious and far-reaching challenges still exist for spouses in the LGBT community. Let's examine some of the enduring challenges here:

Discrimination: A lot of states have brought forward anti same-sex marriage legislation over the past year to try and counter federal law that now legalizes for same-sex marriages. Also, backlash in communities has spurred more discrimination against homosexual couples, like individuals who get married, and have their jobs terminated after making their sexual preferences public.

Understand and avoid false confessions

It seems unbelievable that a person would actually confess to a crime he or she did not commit, but it happens fairly regularly throughout the country. Of those wrongfully convicted, more than 25 percent of them made a false incriminating statement or false confession but were later cleared by DNA evidence. What would lead a person to admit guilt to something he or she didn't actually do?

Grandparents to be given more rights to visit their grankids

As a parent who has raised his or her children into adulthood, having a grandchild is a beautiful experience. Just knowing your grandchildren are out there brightening the lives of everyone they touch, however, isn't enough. Grandparents want to spend time with their grandkids. This is why it can be so difficult when a grandparent is denied access to his or her grandchildren.

Fortunately, new family laws in Illinois will soon support grandparents who are desperate to spend time with their grandchildren. Two new laws associated with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services have boosted grandparents' rights in our state.

Tips for explaining divorce to children

Divorce is difficult on all parties involved, but as Mom and Dad work to settle their differences and determine what is best for the family, children often suffer the most. They fear the instability of living in two different homes or not seeing one parent every day, even as they deal with questions and comments from friends, teachers and family members. This can be an extremely hard time for kids, and it is up to parents to approach the topic appropriately.

How should child support be used?

If you are paying a lot of money each month in child support obligations, you might be curious to know how your money is being spent. In fact, many Illinois parents worry about whether their child support money is being spent on their children in an appropriate fashion.

Generally, there are some basic guidelines on how child support should be used. The following is a list of some of the ways custodial parents are obligated to use their child support money:

Divorced parents must help children adapt to two homes

Divorce marks the start of big lifestyle changes for everyone in the family. Now there will be two households and children will go back and forth between them. It can be an extremely stressful situation, but there are steps you and your former spouse can take to make the transition easier for your kids.

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