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Should You Pursue Alimony (Spousal Support) in Your Divorce?

While not all divorces include a provision of alimony, those who are eligible may struggle with deciding whether or not they should pursue it. These feelings can arise for any number of reasons, including uncertainty over how the process works. If you are in the process of divorce and feeling conflicted about your right to alimony, the following information may be able to help. 

Signs That Your Marriage Could Be Headed for Divorce

The decision to divorce is not one easily made. In fact, studies suggest that couples may spend a long time trying to repair their marriage, and that they may think of divorce long before they decide whether or not they should file. Some never do, possibly because they found their troubles to be situational, or they were able to work through what seemed to be irreconcilable differences. Others do finally call it quits. How do you determine if you are in the latter group? The following information may give you some insight as to whether or not your marriage could be on the path to divorce. 

Should You Litigate Your Divorce or Mediate? The Answer May Surprise You

Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADRs) have made divorce more affordable and less stressful for many families, which is probably why so many couples use them. However, there is an underlying issue with divorce mediation, and it is one that few rarely consider: though mediation can and does work for some divorces, it is not be the right option for everyone. The following information can help you decide whether you should mediate your divorce, or if litigation is the right path for you.

Social Media and Divorce - What You Post Online Can (and Likely Will) Be Used Against You

Social media has become an integral part of most people's life. They share what they had for dinner, recent photos of their pets, exciting news of a pregnancy or job promotion, and even the loss of a loved one. There is such a thing as oversharing, though, especially when it comes to those who are pursuing a divorce. In fact, anything and everything you post, from now until the divorce has been finalized, could be used against you in court. The following information can help you understand what information might make its way into court, and how you can best protect yourself during the divorce process. 

Fathers Play a Key Role in the Social, Intellectual, and Emotional Development of Children

Years ago, fathers struggled to receive any form of parental rights. Today, things are different. True, there is still much work to be done, but science and the law have both started to acknowledge the key role that fathers play in the development of their children. No longer considered just the "breadwinner," they are being given more access to their children. This is especially true in Illinois, where recent changes to family law have somewhat balanced the scales. 

Divorcing with Children: What Every Parent Should Know

Although divorce is, at its core, the ending of an adult relationship, it is not just the parents who are affected. In fact, children often experience stress, grief, and even anger during the process. This is understandable, considering their lives are also being turned upside down. Paired with their inability to fully comprehend the reason behind the divorce, they can be at great risk for long-term problems. Thankfully, parents who are intentional, mindful, and empathetic to their child's struggles can minimize the risk of lasting troubles. The following information can help you take this approach in your divorce. 

Study Finds Regret is Common After Divorce - Protect Yourself with a Dose of Perspective

Divorce is a complex, painful, and emotionally exhausting process. In fact, many couples who go through a divorce may never marry again, simply because the idea of going through the process again is just too overwhelming. At the very least, those who divorce are more cautious about tying the knot in the future. What happens, though, when you divorce and immediately regret ever doing it in the first place? According to a UK study, this happens to about half of all divorcees. While some may have truly made the wrong decision - maybe out of anger or frustration - most probably only need a bit of perspective. 

Dividing Your Retirement Accounts during Divorce

With the rising rate of divorce among the baby boomer generation, discussions about retirement accounts have taken center stage. It makes sense, especially when you consider the impact that a divorce can have for those in the later stages of life. If you are planning on filing for divorce and are reaching retirement age, be prepared, know how retirement assets will be divided, and learn how you to effectively manage your risks.

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