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Family Law

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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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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