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September 30, 2016

How to File for an Annulment under Illinois Law

Divorce, Marriage



When most people hear of a couple ending their marriage, they automatically assume that the couple is divorcing. For thousands of couples, that is true, however, there are also many couples who choose to file for a legal annulment rather than a divorce. What is the difference? When a person files for a divorce, they […]

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May 11, 2016

Marriage Breakdown: When Divorce Is Inevitable

Divorce, Marriage



If your marriage is on the verge of ending, it can feel like you are grasping at straws to try to hold it together. Sometimes it is best to just stop holding on and to let the relationship go. There are some times when you can reconcile with your spouse and begin to work together to heal […]

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February 1, 2016

Causes of Divorce: Three Argument “Mindsets” That Can Destroy Your Marriage

Divorce, Marriage



Every marriage has its ups and its down. Most even have their share of arguments. But what you say in an argument can make all the difference when the dust settles and things go back to normal. So, before you hurl words, consider if what you are saying falls into one of these three “mindsets” […]

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November 16, 2015

The Importance of a Prenuptial Agreement

Marriage, Premarital agreement



There’s nothing in a fairy tale romance about a prenuptial agreement, and many couples shy away from drawing up this important legal document before marriage in an effort to avoid the perceived stigma of a prenup — “we only need this if one of us will be cruel or unfair in the event that our marriage […]

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August 14, 2015

Adoption and Reactive Attachment Disorder

Adoption, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



When a family decides to adopt a child, it is never an easy decision or one to take lightly. Not only will a new child in the family drastically change family dynamics, but there is also the consideration of the child who is being adopted—will he or she fit in with the rest of the family? Will […]

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July 13, 2015

What Marriage Equality Means for Same-Sex Couples

Illinois family law attorney, Marriage, New Illinois Law, Same Sex Marriage



In late June, the Supreme Court announced a historic ruling that effectively standardized marriage laws nationwide. Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, and will now be considered in the same ways as straight marriage—with all its ups and downs and confusing or complicating factors. As such, one can assume that the same types of […]

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June 8, 2015

Calling it Quits: How to Tell Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



If you believe your marriage is coming to an end, telling your spouse that you want a divorce can be extremely difficult. Despite several years of fighting or failing to get along, the desire to divorce may come as a surprise to your spouse. Knowing how your spouse feels and the way in which you approach the topic […]

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June 1, 2015

Financial Infidelity Can Ruin a Marriage

Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



In recent years, much has been said and written about emotional infidelity. An emotional affair is a relationship, not necessarily physical, that is considered cheating due to the level of intimacy shared with a non-significant other. However, there is another, less intimate, form of infidelity—financial. Financial infidelity is any type of behavior in which one spouse […]

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May 11, 2015

Are Your Prenup Fears Unfounded?

Division of Property, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage, Premarital agreement



The stigma surrounding divorce may be tapering; however, the idea of a prenuptial agreement still causes many to run away scared. The suggestion or insistence of a prenuptial agreement may be viewed as a sign that one’s partner plans to end a marriage early, or is not in it—so to speak—for the long haul. It may also be interpreted […]

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January 29, 2015

Divorce and Remarriage in the New Year

Divorce Trends, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage, Online Dating



It is that time of year again … for divorce. Known as “divorce month,” January sees a surge in divorce filings. Additionally, the first working Monday of the New Year has been dubbed the most popular day of the year to begin divorce proceedings. In an article on Yahoo! News, James McLaren, president of the American Academy […]

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January 16, 2015

Tips for Telling Your Spouse You Want a Divorce

Divorce Trends, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



Initiating a divorce can be extremely difficult and emotional. However, once all other options have been explored and you are ready to begin the process, it is important to seek legal counsel. Working with an experienced professional from the onset of the process can help to save time and money, and it can also provide you with a […]

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January 9, 2015

What is a “Bird’s Nest” Co-Parenting Agreement?

Child Custody, Children of Divorce, Divorce Trends, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



Divorcing with children is never easy, but a new trend in divorce may make the dissolution of a parents’ marriage easier on children. This is because a so-called “bird’s nest” co-parenting agreement is the most child-centered co-parenting in which divorced parents can engage. A bird’s nest, or “nesting” agreement is one in which the children stay in […]

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December 8, 2014

Tips for Divorce during the Holidays

Divorce Trends, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



Divorce is difficult. The holidays are difficult. And when the two coincide, it can be one of the most agonizing times in a person’s life. Even if a marriage has been going downhill for some time, this can be particularly hard to remember during the holiday season when stereotypes of intact families and joyous partnerships […]

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November 11, 2014

When Mediation Works in Illinois

Divorce Trends, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



Ending a marriage is consistently rated as one of the most stressful life events that a person can go through. According to the American Institute of Stress’s Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, divorce is the second most stressful event a person can endure, second only to the death of a spouse. Marital separation from one’s mate is […]

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October 20, 2014

Staying in a Bad Marriage is More Damaging than Divorce

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Going through a divorce is overwhelming. For some, life may seem like it is spiraling out of control. However, many unhappy marriages can be healed through therapy, couples counseling, or good old-fashioned hard work. In fact, according to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy(AAMFT), more than 50,000 family therapists and marriage counselors are working in the […]

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July 9, 2014

Resentment in Marriage Can Lead to Divorce

Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Marriage



Resentment, regret, and guilt are three of the most powerful negative emotions a person can feel. None are desired in a healthy marriage, yet there are times when one or all three exist. Resentment in a marriagecan occur for a myriad of reasons, least of which is due to a specific action or infraction on the […]

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