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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

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333 N. Randall Road, Suite 104, St. Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-443-0600

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58 N. Chicago Street, Suite 500, Joliet, IL 60432

Phone: 815-727-4500

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Family Law

DuPage County family law attorneysChildren are placed for adoption in a variety of ways, under an array of circumstances, and for a wide range of reasons. Most grow up to be happy, well-adjusted adults. That does not necessarily quell their curiosity, however. In fact, a large percentage of adopted children want to know where they came from, why they were placed for adoption, or what life might have been like, had things worked out differently. Around half end up searching for answers to those questions.

What Adopting Parents Should Know

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, around half of all adopted children eventually search for their birth parents. Some are simply looking for health-related information, but others are looking to satisfy their curiosity and to ask questions surrounding the nature of their adoption. However, not every adopted adult searching for answers finds what they are looking for. In fact, many come to a dead end. In some cases, it is because the birth parent signed a no-contact veto, which legally keeps most of their information private. However, in many cases, it is simply because the agency did not collect enough information to effectively track down a birth parent.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersAccording to the most recent statistics, around one-third of all marriages end in divorce. That means, for every 12 couples that marry, about four will eventually call it quits. Often, this process is one full of contention, but it also comes with the risk of future financial problems. Those at the highest risk are those marriages in which at least one party is not fully aware of (or does not participate in) the financial aspects of the marriage. That leads to the question of whether or not all couples should plan for divorce, long before they ever consider filing.

Arguments Over Money and Your Risk of Divorce

While the amount of money a couple has is often irrelevant to whether or not a marriage will eventually end, those show argue over it – how to spend it, invest it, or save it – have a much higher risk of divorce than those who do not. As a result, experts have encouraged couples to talk about money early on in their relationship, long before the marriage ever starts. No matter how you decide to handle it, one thing is clear: staying open and honest about money during your marriage may very well be your saving grace. Even if your marriage does end in divorce, the process itself is often easier because both parties know what is owned and what is not, and there are fewer issues to argue over in the divorce process.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersAlthough people often use them interchangeably, divorce and legal separation are actually two different legal procedures. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and one does not need or rely upon the other. In fact, many couples legally separate and never divorce, and others divorce without ever going through a legal separation. Still not sure which is right for you? Start with the following information, which explains the differences, benefits, and drawbacks of both divorce and legal separation.

Divorce in Illinois

Divorce – or the dissolution of a marriage – is a legal process used to end (dissolve) a marriage. Parties equitably split their assets, determine allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, alimony, and/or child support, and they may remarry any time after the process is over. You do not have to live apart prior to filing, nor do you have to file for a legal separation before filing for divorce. However, you must fully understand that, once complete, the marriage is over. For some, this is too big of a step, and they may choose legal separation instead.

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Illinois family law attorneysEarly studies on children of divorce found that divorce negatively impacted children in all sorts of ways. They struggled in school, found it difficult to adjust, suffered psychological problems long into adulthood, and often experienced issues in their own adult relationships. Divorce has changed a lot since then – it is more common, more socially acceptable, and it is far more likely that both parents will continue to be a part of the child’s life after the divorce. However, more recent studies have found that the effect of divorce on children has changed very little.

Possible Negative Effects of Divorce on Children

There is no shortage of studies on children of divorce. One published in Journal of Youth and Adolescence found that twice as many children from divorced families experienced a condition known as “destructive parentification” – a situation in which the child takes on parental responsibilities, possibly even caring for the parent themselves. The effect was found to be long-lasting, carrying into many of their adult lives. Many went on to experience anxiety or depression of their own and struggled with forming healthy romantic relationships.

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DuPage County asset division lawyersMost couples realize that the divorce process is an emotionally and mentally taxing process. However, many underestimate just how financially complicated divorce can be. Then there are those who are at risk of losing money in their settlement because their spouse is deceptively hiding or dissolving marital assets. If you are planning on filing for divorce, prepare yourself for the complexities of dividing assets during divorce with the following tips.

Know What You Own

Before you can fairly divide your assets, you must first know what you own. This might seem obvious, but for those that have been in the dark about their day-to-day finances, uncovering their shared marital assets can seem like an overwhelming task. Do not despair! There are ways that you can track down finances and discover assets.

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