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New stats on jobless husbands and divorce rates

Approximately one-third of American marriages will end in a divorce. However, for Americans who were married after the year 2000, the statistics are even better. Among these marriages, only 15 percent have gotten a divorce inside the first eight years of marriage.

Statisticians and psychologists have long been interested in trying to determine definite markers that would allow them to predict the chances of divorce. Recently, one study released by Harvard University offered some illumination about this topic. The study found that women who are married to men who do not work -- i.e., they are probably house-husbands or stay-at-home-dads -- have a higher chance of filing for divorce.

How is gray divorce affecting older women?

The so-called "gray" divorce epidemic could be worse for women than it is for men -- especially in the financial department. This article will discuss some of the more difficult financial aspects of a separation after 50 for the female side of the divorce equation.

First, it's important to realize that divorce hits women with a heavier financial blow. Younger adults have the time it takes to reassert their financial footing following a divorce. However, when one divorces after the age of 50, it can be difficult to recover from these losses. Women especially are vulnerable to having financial problems -- especially if they "worked" as stay-at-home mothers during their marriage. Their resume might not look that professional or impressive after many years of domestic life.

Lisa Marie Presley to be divorced from Michael Lockwood

Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from longtime husband of 10 years, Michael Lockwood. The 48-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley listed the date of separation as June 13, listing irreconcilable differences as the cause of the breakup.

Presley and Lockwood were married in a traditional Japanese ceremony in Japan in January 2006. Lockwood, now 55, is a successful musician, but reports indicate that the famed heiress of Elvis' fortune says that she is not seeking spousal or child support. Furthermore, TMZ claims that the couple set in place a postnuptial agreement that lays out a plan for dividing their assets should they choose to divorce.

If you are divorcing, make sure you get the right lawyer

If there is ever a time in life to be selective, it is when you are getting a divorce and you need an attorney. Like all professionals, lawyers have their own individual style and assortment of techniques. While attorneys do want your business, a professional lawyer understands the importance of a good match over adding a name to his or her client list. A valuable legal attribute for one client may be a liability for another client. In the end, you want a mutually comfortable relationship in which your lawyer is also your greatest advocate.

Getting a divorce is a life-changing event; does it not make good sense to place the beginning of your future into the hands of someone who will take care of it? The question for many Illinois residents is how do I find the right lawyer? Admittedly, it takes a little legwork but in the end both you and your chosen attorney will appreciate your efforts. The following points may help you get started in your quest for good legal representation.

An overview of nonmarital property in Illinois

Property division can be one of the most difficult parts of getting divorced. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which essentially means property division should be fair but does not necessarily have to be equal. To break it down even more, equitable distribution does not mean all property is subject to division. In a marriage, both spouses can have their own individual nonmartial property that is safe from the division process. As one might expect, the couple can also have jointly-owned marital property.

Under state statutes, nonmarital properties are deemed to belong to one spouse only. These properties may have been owned by a person before the marriage or specially acquired after the marriage. Examples of these special acquisitions include inheritances, gifts and legacies. For instance, if someone inherits a home or land from a parent, it will not be included in the property division process during divorce. Further, any property protected by a valid premarital agreement is also excluded from division.

How do Illinois courts calculate child support payments?

Most parents divorcing in Illinois have a good understanding of what child support is, but many, like you, have no idea how the precise payments are determined. Adding to the confusion is how one noncustodial parent with two children pays one amount while another noncustodial parent with two children pays a completely different amount. This happens because Illinois courts take several factors into account when calculating child support payments.

First and foremost, child support is intended to cover a child's basic needs such as food, housing, clothing and other necessary items. The support usually ends when the child becomes an adult at age 18. When courts begin to calculate child support, they use the guidelines set forth in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. However, as most people know, each case is unique and that is the reason child support payment amounts vary from family to family.

Co-parenting your child after your divorce

Parenting a child in ordinary circumstances is not without challenges. After divorcing and establishing a child custody agreement, it can become even more difficult. Most parents are more than willing to undertake these challenges in order to raise healthy and productive children. However, it probably goes without saying that all parents appreciate any useful advice they can find about parenting. This is especially the case for those raising children together after divorcing.

Sharing parenting duties after calling it quits with an ex requires amount of cooperation. Even though it sometimes feels impossible, you and your former spouse can find equal ground. It may take work and more patience than you ever thought you had, but the rewards of raising a happy and well-adjusted child is worth the effort. Dr. Edward Kruk suggests following several key principles to help achieve your co-parenting goals. Here are a few examples to help you and your co-parent get started.

What are the drawbacks of same-sex marriage over cohabitation?

With the Supreme Court's decision in 2015 to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation, many Illinois citizens were finally able to tie the knot. Despite the long wait, same-sex partners should probably refrain from rushing headlong into marriage simply because they now can. They, like heterosexual couples, should give the matter deep consideration before making a decision.

While it is true that marriage offers same-sex partners valuable benefits, cohabitations is still an option for many as they explore the idea of finally being allowed to wed. For example, if your relationship is relatively new, cohabitation or even dating might be the right choice for now. However, if you and your partner have been in the relationship for several years, marriage may be right for you.

Overcoming the fears associated with divorce

Sometimes, a person is unsure if divorce is the right option and they choose to wait it out. This is wise as it could be the wrong choice. However, other times a person has decided that divorce is absolutely the right choice and yet they still hesitate. Often it is fear that prevents them from taking the next step.

Anxiety is to be expected when divorce comes into play. A person may be afraid of what the future will hold for him or her as a single person. Perhaps there are children involved and one parent is afraid of caring for them alone. Some people are even afraid of what the divorce may do to the other spouse.

Is your spouse hiding assets in your divorce? You can find out

When an Illinois couple decides to end their marriage and divorce looms on the horizon, one spouse may not be as prepared as the other. In many cases, the spouse with more financial security has already begun planning for the future. Unfortunately, this sometimes means he or she has taken steps to manipulate assets in order to benefit unfairly during property division. While hiding assets is typically more common among wealthier people, those with a lower net-worth can also engage in this illegal and deceptive practice.

When this happens, the spouse with less financial security may come out of the divorce with less than he or she deserves. Either spouse can engage in hiding assets regardless of gender, but there are things the other spouse can watch for to ensure the property is split fairly. Here are a few things divorcing spouses can do if they are suspicious about hidden assets.

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