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Family Law

Illinois divorce attorneysThe decision to divorce is a personal one with potentially long-lasting implications. Many couples struggle with the idea of abandoning their vows. When you add children into the mix, things become even more complicated. There is more at stake, and parents may feel strongly about setting a good example for their children. Yet there are circumstances in which the choice to stay together, “for better or for worse,” may actually do more harm than good.

Abuse of Any Kind Can Be Detrimental to Children

Abuse – whether financial, physical, emotional, or sexual – can be detrimental to children, even if the child is not the target. In fact, one study found that children who grow up in violent homes are affected much in the same way that soldiers are in combat. Their brains become increasingly wary of potential threats, and they may be at a higher risk for mental health problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and/or depression. Furthermore, it is important to understand that abuse can (and often does) escalate over time. Your children could be at future risk of abuse themselves, or they could end up caught in the crossfire. If you are struggling with abuse of any kind, contact our lawyers for help.

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DuPage-County family law attorneyWhen couples start to think about divorce, they often fear that it will be this horrible, contentious battle. They worry that both they and their spouse will be emotionally, financially, or mentally devastated (if not all of the above) by the end of it all. True, divorce is an emotionally difficult process with a lot of legal and financial complexities, but there are many couples who are able to divorce amicably. In fact, there are even some spouses who walk away as friends. If you know that divorce is the path that is right for your marriage, but you would like to do so without tearing one another apart, the following information may help.

Why an Amicable Split?

There are many reasons that a couple may wish to part ways in a peaceful manner. Some may simply want to preserve the happy memories of their marriage, or they may be dead-set on not hurting the spouse that they still very much care about but no longer wish to be married to. Others may wish to split amicably because they do not want their children to be caught in the middle of a war zone. They want future family get-togethers and an environment where their children feel safe and loved, despite the ending of the marriage. Whatever your reason, the key to moving forward peaceably is to keep it in the forefront of your mind whenever things get stressful. Because they undoubtedly will.

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DuPage County divorce attorneysYears ago, mothers were granted sole or primary custody in divorce. This was because they were thought to be the more “important” parent. Of course, it is true that a mother’s role is crucial in terms of child development, but their involvement and presence does not outweigh that of fathers. In fact, there are reams of studies proving just how important fathers are for a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. Thankfully, courts have started to listen, and the rights of fathers are slowly gaining more acknowledgement and recognition. This movement – the shared parenting movement – has only further shown that, when it comes to raising children, two parents really are better than one.

Why Children Really Should Have Both Parents

Somewhere along the way, someone noticed that children were suffering from the lack of parental involvement. They started studying it, trying to figure out why and how the involvement of fathers was so important. What they found is that each parent – be it a dad and a mom, two moms, or two dads – offers something different to a growing child. One parent might be more nurturing while the other is more playful. In fact, one study indicated that mothers are more likely to socially engage with their children, which helps their children understand how their actions affect others. Dads are more likely to engage in physical play, which teaches children how to handle their bodies (i.e. discouraging hitting).

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DuPage County mediation lawyersMediation, an alternative dispute resolution (ADR), gives couples the chance to work out their differences in a controlled, neutral environment. It encourages them to compromise and develop creative solutions that work for their family. Though not for everyone, there are many benefits to choosing this route for your divorce – benefits that can be reaped by the entire family.

Mediation Can Save You Money on Your Divorce

Traditional divorce, or litigated divorces, can quickly accrue costs. First, there is the filing fee and court costs. Then you have your attorney fees, which can vary greatly and are dependent upon several factors, such as the level of contention between parties, size and complexity of the marital estate, and each party’s willingness to compromise. Mediation works a little differently. Though each party may still have an attorney present to ensure their rights and interests are not infringed upon, the process encourages the parties to work together. This can ultimately result in less billed time with the attorney, which can thereby reduce the overall cost of the divorce.

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DuPage County divorce attorneysWhile some states have couples split their assets evenly, Illinois divides the marital estate “fairly.” Of course, this obscure term can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Indeed, what seems “fair” in the eyes of the court – or in the eyes of your spouse – may not seem very fair to you. How do you put things into perspective, and how can you ensure that you do, in fact, get your fair share in divorce? The following tips can help.

Know What You Own

One of the biggest reasons that couples get shortchanged in divorce is that they walked into the process not knowing what they and their spouse owned. You see, before the marital estate can be divided, it must be valued. This value will not be accurate if there are missing asset. Start by looking for evidence of savings accounts, stocks or bonds, non-monetary assets (collector’s items, expensive jewelry, art, etc.), bank accounts, investment accounts, and retirement accounts that may not have been disclosed to you during the marriage. Then gather documentation and submit it to your attorney.

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