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Divorce and depression: the lesser discussed obstacle

Severing ties in any relationship can be upsetting, but a divorce presents an entirely different world of stress. Even after the process is said and done, the psychological effects can last for months, and even years. The following takes a look at some strategies suggested by professionals to help newly divorced Californians get through this difficult life chapter.

How is my pet treated under Illinois’ new divorce law?

If you are an Illinois resident contemplating divorce, your life currently is in somewhat of a shambles. Questions abound and most of them do not as yet have answers. Will I get custody of my children? If so, how much visitation will my soon-to-be ex-spouse receive and under what circumstances? How will we divide our property? Must we sell the house or can I remain living in it, hopefully with my children? If you love your pet almost as much as you love your children, you probably have one more question to add: What will happen to my pet?

Getting the right value on a family business


Many husbands and wives in Lake County are not only run their households and families together but also work together, oftentimes with other relatives, to manage a family business. In many cases, these businesses are the couple's primary source of income and are also the family's most valuable asset.

Why a divorce can be healthy for your children


One of the most common reasons why a couple in an unhappy marriage stays together is for the children. Research has shown, however, that staying together in a possibly unhealthy or toxic relationship can be detrimental to the wellbeing of the children. Staying together for the sake of the children is often not the best way to proceed. Children have a keen sense of awareness. They know when a relationship has gone sour. Allowing children to be exposed to an unhealthy relationship can do more harm than good.

How is marital property determined?


In the majority of states in the U.S., including Illinois, marital property is divided by equitable division. Compared with community property states, where all the property value is pooled together and split down the middle, equitable division allows the courts to determine how the property is divided, which may or may not be divided equally.

How a prenup can help during a marriage and divorce - Part I


A previous post here discussed several of the benefits that a couple could enjoy and some preventive measures associated with creating a prenuptial agreement, or "prenup." Prenuptial agreements are honored by the courts and could be used to help resolve divorce issues.

How a prenup can help during a marriage and divorce, part 1


Throughout the United States, more people considering marriage create prenuptial agreements ("prenups"). While many believe that prenups are only for celebrities and the, it is important to understand that are helpful to everyone, including those living in Waukegan, Illinois, and Lake County.

Making sound divorce financial decisions


Money is often one factor that leads to divorce, and many in Waukegan going through a divorce find that these fights continue throughout the process. After all, even those striving for an amicable divorce may find that emotions get in the way of making sound financial decisions. Therefore, it is important that individuals protect their interests.

A 'gray' divorce presents unique complexities


Divorce was once seen as taboo, especially for those who had been married a long time. However, these days divorce is much more socially acceptable and even couples who had been married for decades may decide that, as life went on, they became incompatible and it is best they go their separate ways. In fact, the Pew Research Center reports that "gray divorces" -- that is, divorces of people age 50 or over -- have grown twofold over the previous 25 years. However, as some Waukegan couples may find, the longer a couple is married, the more complex their divorce might be.

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