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Bloomingdale high conflict divorce attorneyDespite the misconception that divorce is often a hastily-made decision, many couples will go to extreme lengths to avoid ending their marriage. They go to therapy, attend marriage counseling, or supplement their efforts with anger management or parenting classes. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, couples must sometimes come to terms with the fact that divorce is their best option. While each situation is unique, there are some common threads between couples who eventually do call it quits.

Painful Conflicts That Often Lead to Divorce

For many couples, efforts to resolve marital problems may ultimately prove futile. In marriages involving the following issues, couples may feel that it would be best for everyone involved to end the marriage and get divorced:

  • Abuse - When one spouse has inflicted physical, emotional, or financial harm on the other, this can be difficult to overcome in a marriage. Trust is broken, and the relationship may never recover. Even if an abusive spouse receives therapy or a couple works with a marriage counselor, it can be easy to fall back into old habits. In these cases, it can be difficult (if not outright impossible) to repair a relationship. Under these circumstances, divorce may be the most appropriate path to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved parties.

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Bloomingdale divorce attorneyTime and time again, we hear about the many different factors that can contribute and ultimately lead to a divorce. While certain red flags have proven to be important in predicting the outcome of a marriage, identifying the qualities in a relationship that can boost the chances of success are just as crucial. Although the aspects that support and strengthen the bond of a life-long partnership may not prevent a divorce that is already in motion, knowing what to look for may help avoid one in the future.

Qualities that a Married Couple Should try to Possess

Marriage is a partnership that requires hard work and dedication from both spouses. If the aspects listed below are present in your relationship, experts believe you have a higher chance of experiencing a healthy, lasting marriage:

  • A safe-zone dynamic - It is no surprise that a key quality in every healthy relationship is a mutual sense of trust, but studies suggest that this can mean several different things in a lasting marriage. Not only do partners need to have faith in one another on a basic level, but husbands and wives should also be able to confide with each other and be themselves. Spouses who feel a sense of refuge in their relationship are more likely to experience a stronger marriage.
  • A balance between team identity and independence - The American Psychological Association (APA) states that couples who can work together as a team and build a sense of togetherness while maintaining their own individual identities often experience longer-lasting marriages. In addition, research also shows that it is important for couples to have some emotional distance from the family that they knew growing up, in order to separate their identity from their parents and siblings.
  • The establishment and protection of intimacy - Experts say that creating and protecting your intimacy is crucial in preserving the quality and longevity of your marriage. Whether you have limited alone time as a couple due to the responsibilities of parenthood, or you struggle with intrusive family or work obligations, anything that threatens the privacy you share as a couple, especially when it is consistent over a prolonged period of time, can erode your affection and damage your sense of partnership. Like anything else in life, finding balance within your marriage is imperative to protect the bond you share.

Contact a Lombard, IL Divorce Lawyer

While there is no specific key that guarantees a successful marriage, research continues to show that the possibility of divorce is less likely for couples who cultivate and maintain certain qualities within their relationship. If you are currently pondering the possibility of divorce and feel it may be in the best interests of both parties, it is time to consult a dedicated and experienced Naperville divorce attorney. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we understand the emotional conflicts that come with such a difficult decision, and we are here to guide you through the legal process. Call us today at 630-932-9100 to schedule your free consultation.

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Lombard divorce attorneysPeople going through divorce usually worry about how assets such as a house, car, or retirement accounts will be divided when the divorce is final. With information and technology becoming increasingly intertwined in evolving societal norms, however, intellectual property is equally becoming an important category of assets owned by a married couple. Intellectual property includes things such as copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

Is Intellectual Property Marital Property?

Illinois law defines marital property as property, including assets and debts, the divorcing couple acquired after getting married. There are a few exceptions, but this law is broad enough to include in it nearly all property that a couple acquires after marriage. Conversely, all property acquired prior to marriage is not considered marital property, except in certain special circumstances.

Whether intellectual property is marital property depends first, on whether it was acquired before or after marriage. If the intellectual property was acquired after marriage, then there is a presumption it is marital property. However, like all presumptions, a spouse who believes it the intellectual property is not marital property can present evidence to overcome the presumption.

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IL divorce lawyerGoing through a divorce can be a complicated process. Working out maintenance and child visitation, how to divide a business, debt, etc. can all add to the stress of your divorce. If a couple’s finances are particularly complex, it may require a forensic accountant. A forensic accountant for a divorce is someone who details all the debts, assets, and other financial aspects in the divorce and presents that information in a courtroom. Divorce attorneys can help with general financial aspects of a divorce, but for more complex matters it may be necessary to work with a forensic accountant to ensure the finances are taken care of properly.

How Can Forensic Accounting Help Me?

Forensic accountants are most often used in high net worth divorce cases but can be used by anybody if they are needed. Some of the ways a forensic accountant can help your divorce case by searching to see if there are hidden assets, evaluating the long-term impact of the divorce on finances, or determining the value of assets and evaluating expenses. To do so they will examine any deeds, stocks, investments, bank statements, etc. and compile everything together.

The forensic accountant can be especially helpful if you believe your spouse is hiding assets. For example, if they bought some cryptocurrency in the past and have not disclosed it to you or the court, that could be very valuable and will need to be considered in the division of assets in your case. If your divorce is amicable, you probably do not need to worry about that issue as much, but it is still beneficial to you to make sure everything is accounted for in your case. Often forensic accountants are used for business valuation. Business finances and personal finances for business owners are often intermingled in complex ways, and the forensic accountant will determine where assets should be placed for divorce considerations.

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IL divorce lawyerIf you are going through a divorce, your time in the courtroom is crucial in setting the tone of your case. Making a mistake in the courtroom can negatively affect your divorce and lead to a less advantageous settlement for you. Taking time to prepare before you are actually present in the courtroom will make it much less likely you make a mistake, so do your research before your time in court. These tips will help you make fewer mistakes and ensure your courtroom time goes smoothly.

Emotions and Body Language

While you are present in the courtroom, your actions will be noted. Rolling your eyes, laughing, angry outbursts, etc. will all influence the court’s perception of you and seem disrespectful. Even if you are not saying anything, body language is a good indicator of how you are feeling. If you let your body language show your emotions, even if you are extremely emotional, it will show the court that you cannot keep yourself in check, which will not be beneficial to your case.

Be Respectful

Being respectful to everyone in the courtroom is crucial to influencing the judge’s perception of you. Being respectful to the judge is the first step, but being respectful to everyone else present in the courtroom is the second step. If your spouse’s lawyer is asking you questions and you get frustrated, answering the questions in a respectful manner will show that you can handle yourself in stressful situations. Even if you feel you are not being respected, staying respectful to everyone is a much better way to make a positive impression in court.

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