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DuPage County domestic violence lawyerLeaving a violent relationship is extremely difficult and divorcing an abuser can be a constant uphill battle that feels nearly impossible to win. This is especially true if the children were also abused during the relationship, or if the parent victim believes the abuser may lash out at the children. As such, it is critical that victims understand the potential hurdles they may face during a divorce and how they may best be able to ensure safety throughout the process and beyond.

Safety First

The absolute most important thing anyone divorcing an abuser can do is develop a safety plan. This requires the victim to utilize all the skills and knowledge they have acquired up to the point of separation and to acquire some new ones. For example, a victim likely already knows when to disengage from a conversation or an argument because they know their abuser’s trigger points and behaviors. However, more resources, such as coworkers, family, and friends may need to be notified of the current situation so they can help spot the abuser and notify the victim.

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co-parenting in illinois, DuPage County divorce lawyerUnless you have extenuating circumstances, odds are that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will share parental responsibilities of your children. In an amicable divorce, this might not be a problem. But how does that work when you can barely stand to be in the same room together? When there are so many hurt and angry feelings? The trick is to know where the focus should be.

Stay Child-Focused

No matter what happened in your marriage, no matter how poor of a spouse your ex is, it is important to remember that the time after the divorce is no longer about you as a couple; it is now about your child and what your child needs from each of you. That means that, whenever you are tempted to lash out at your ex, you leave your child out of it. When you are struggling to reach an agreement about who will take your child next holiday or over the summer, you try to think of what is best for your child. And, when you speak about your ex and your child is around, keep in mind that you are talking about their other parent and the words that you say can hurt.

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DuPage County divorce mediation lawyersDivorce is never an easy process, but mediation can sometimes help couples reach an agreement faster, and with less stress. Of course, it might not be for everyone – particularly those that have a history of domestic violence or simply cannot be in the same room together – but for those that choose to pursue it, some information about the divorce mediation process, and about how to successfully reach an agreement, can be helpful.

About the Mediation Process

Mediation is most beneficial for couples who are willing to at least attempt to communicate about the particulars of their divorce in an effort to reach an amicable agreement. All aspects of the divorce may be mediated, including the division of debts and assets, child-related issues, and spousal or child support. This can be a particularly effective method for those who have uncomplicated divorces, or for those that already have at least some common ground or, at the very least, agree that the needs of their child should come first. But even still, there are strategies that each party should employ during the mediation process.

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fathers rights, DuPage County family law attorneysSenate Bill 57 has brought about a lot of changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA); focus is now clearly set to ensure that the best interest of children take priority, and removal of certain terms and legal barriers are meant to reduce anger and squabbling during proceedings. However, there are still some matters that fathers should address with due diligence once the papers have been served.

Read (and Make Sure You Understand) Everything

Divorce paperwork can be lengthy, boring, and a little confusing at times. But this packet outlines all the information submitted by your soon-to-be ex-spouse, including their terms of relocation, child support, and the allotment of parenting time. Failure to thoroughly read and understand this paperwork can have drastic consequences, especially for those with a disgruntled or vindictive spouse; knowing what you are up against is your first and most important line of defense.

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amicable divorce, Illinois divorce attorney, Dupage CountyEven under the best of circumstances, divorce proceedings are stressful for all involved. If you plan appropriately, however, it is possible to minimize that stress. As an added bonus, proper planning can help save money and, in many cases, encourage a more amicable divorce. Reap all of these benefits using the following divorce planning tips.

Take an Asset and Expense Inventory

Child support, division of marital assets, and other financial particulars of a divorce are based upon what you and your spouse own as both individuals, and as a couple. Unfortunately, once the proceedings start, this information may be difficult to locate (this is especially true if your spouse is trying to hide any assets to keep more of the money for themselves). Avoid this hassle (and reduce your risk of losing out on money that may be owed to you) by taking a preemptive approach prior to filing.

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