Archive, November 2013.

One reason that spouses may hesitate to initiate divorce is because they are concerned about the potential impact on the children. Certainly, divorce can have a profound impact on the emotional well-being of children, but conflict within the house arising from tension in the marriage can also have a negative influence. In some cases, children of divorce are better off than those who watch their married parents fighting. Research from the Economic and Social Research Council shows that children can interpret conflict between their parents in different ways. Some children experience extreme …

Many studies have linked waiting to get married with better long term outcomes, like a lower rate of divorce or fewer arguments between spouses. However, recent research has shown that there are benefits for those who marry in their early 20's too. New information from the National Marriage Project indicates that those who get married younger than the national average (27 for women and 29 for men) might be happier. For individuals between the ages of 20 and 28 who classified themselves as “highly satisfied” with their lives, the highest percentage of respondents indicated that they …

Could your yearbook photo really give you clues about your likelihood to divorce? According to a recent study from DePauw University psychology professor Matthew Hertenstein, the answer is yes. Your smile in childhood photos, according to the study, can be telling for your potential for future marital bliss. The study, which is revealed in the professor’s new book, shows that individuals who smiled broadly in childhood photos were more likely to become members of lengthy marriages. This was compared with individual who smiled weakly or not at all in their childhood photos, who tended to …

A prenuptial agreement may seem best reserved for the very wealthy or famous, but the truth is that all couples—no matter their economic status—should have a prenup. A prenup ensures that in the event of divorce no one gets the wool pulled over his eyes, and, in some cases, can also help keep the divorce proceedings from being as nasty as they might otherwise be. According to the Huffington Post, however, “many people, including celebrities and other high net worth individuals, have had their prenuptial agreements invalidated due to common mistakes.” While no one should attempt to …

More and more grandparents in America are “stepping up to help their adult children raise kids,” according to a recent study reported by the Huffington Post. The research was conducted by US 2010, a project that tracks changes in American society. Its findings correspond to a similar study conducted by the Pew Research Center that recently found that “7.7 million U.S. children—one in 10—were living in the same household as one of their grandparents in 2011.” In several of these cases, it’s not as if the grandparent was living with their adult child, having moved in so that their…

With divorce rates on the rise across the world, some countries are taking initiatives to curb marital dissolution. The divorce rate in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was 3.6 per 1,000 people in 2010, the most recent year for which data was available. This is roughly half the marriage rate for the same year, meaning that nearly 50 percent of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. While the divorce rate has remained high in the U.S. for the better part of the 20th century, there have only been a few major coordinated efforts to reduce the nation’s …

For many divorcing couples, a long-term separation may seem like the ideal way to warm up to the idea of marriage dissolution and determine if it’s really the best move for you and your partner. According to The New York Times, long-term separation works very well for some couples experiencing marital trouble. For one couple, John Frost and his wife, they see no need to divorce though they don’t even live in the same city. “Since separating we get along better than we ever have,” Frost told the Times. They still file joint tax returns and she’s still covered by his insurance. “To …

Section 510 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act provides for maintenance, formerly known as spousal support, and for the termination of maintenance payments in a variety of circumstances. For example, maintenance payments may stop or change a party’s employment status, income, or future earning capacity changes. Maintenance payments will also stop when or if the party receiving maintenance remarries or cohabitates with another. This last criteria, cohabitation, has the possibility be tricky and upsetting for one or both parties.
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