Archive, December 2013.

No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, such as wanting a divorce.  What people don’t often think about is that it is not only the news that can upset people but also how they are told.  In some cases the topic of divorce can be a relief to the other partner, as they are unhappy with the marriage as well.  Since divorce is a life-changing moment for one of the biggest relationships of your life, spend time preparing for the talk.  It can set the tone for how the divorce will be finalized.  Serving them with divorce papers without a warning can lead to a messy split. Part of the …

The Pentagon has recorded the divorce rate for men and women in the military. They have noticed a decrease to almost seven percent of military women, which is lower than the last two year’s record highs.  In 2012, the rate was almost eight percent. The divorce rate for men in the military has always been low, at around 3 percent for the last three years. The reported decline might be accredited to a decline in length that troops are deployed. During the years when the United States was at war with Iraq and Afghanistan, the families of military personnel paid the price in divorces. In…

As the year wraps up, so does another 12 months of fascinating research into marriage and divorce. Across numerous fields, divorce has been a hot topic for study, leading to some of the most interesting research of the year. Take a look at these findings to see what researchers discovered or published in 2013. Divorce Can Have a Serious Impact on Men’s Health Research from the Journal of Men’s Health showed that serious physical and emotional challenges are faced by men post-divorce. Relying on support systems and adjusting to new life, along with the healing powers of time, can …

While some are celebrating and spending time with family, others are coping with the emotions prompted by a divorce. Perhaps there is no good time of year to legally separate or divorce, but there are several options for navigating challenging times. A Chicago Tribune article provides some options for recent divorcees.  For those considering a divorce during the holidays, there are many activities to consider: Think of the Timing Can you wait? If possible, allow the holiday season to conclude before pursuing the divorce. Every situation is different, but if you have young children, …

In Illinois, you have the right to divorce a spouse who is missing or hiding, whether or not their absence is intentional. The process of notifying a missing person of the legal action is known as service by publication. Under the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/2-206), you or your attorney may file an affidavit proving that your spouse is unable to be served by traditional means. You must make a good faith effort to locate your spouse. A good faith effort includes activities that are reasonable such as: Researching and checking last known residences Contacting last known …

The divorce process is complicated, and becomes more so when there are children involved. Through the divorce process, assets are divided and arguments are settled, including issues like child support and visitation. The parent that does not have custodial rights must pay the custodial parent a set amount of money incrementally to cover costs of the child. This payment, however, is frequently the cause of many problems, particularly when it is not paid. MSN Money reported that recent national figures totaled $108 billion in unpaid child support in America, according to the federal Office …

When people get married, they often decide to start a family. Some couples may get pregnant right away, while others may need medical assistance or be unable to do so. That is not the end of the hope for a family, though; adoption is a great alternative. There are many options for adoption including open, semi-open or closed adoptions. However, a 1996 study in Child Development found that it is increasingly important to keep in touch with a child’s birthparents. This study about adopted children also showed that children who were in touch with their biological parents had “positive …

In the midst of planning a wedding and a romantic honeymoon, having a conversation about a prenuptial agreement might be awkward at best. A Harvard researcher suggests that these documents are underused for two primary reasons: people underestimate the value of a prenuptial agreement, and an underlying belief that signing a prenuptial agreement spells out marriage disaster. Heather Mahar, a Research Fellow in Law and Economics at Harvard, conducted a study to determine what leads people to avoid the prenuptial agreement conversation. Since there’s no registry of prenuptial agreements, it…
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