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divorce grieving, Kane County divorce attorneysDivorce is different for everyone who experiences it, and the length of time it takes to move through the grieving process can vary greatly from person to person. We all hear a variety of accounts from friends, family members, and co-workers of their personal experiences with divorce, but none of them can ever prepare you for how you feel when the event actually happens for you. Even more unpredictable is how you will end up coping, how long it will take to process the loss, and ultimately, how long it will take to finally heal from the whole ordeal.

Signs You are Moving in the Right Direction

Experts from Psychology Today report that a person’s emotional recovery time depends on a number of factors. The grieving process is not cut and dry, and it does not unfold the same way for everyone. Whether you saw the end of your marriage coming, you were abandoned, or were abused can all affect the length of your recovery time. Whether you share children together, are unable to support yourself financially, or experienced infidelity can also impact how long it takes for you to navigate the loss.

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Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyerWhen you file for divorce, your whole life changes. You might move out of your home or have to cancel your credit card and bank accounts, then reopen accounts in your own name. During the court processes of a divorce, it can be easy to ignore your personal needs, especially your health.

Going through a divorce can take a toll on your physical health as well as your mental health. In fact, certain specific health problems are linked to divorce. If you are considering filing for divorce or you have already done so, you may be susceptible to developing any of the following conditions. Speak with your healthcare provider about the divorce and any changes to your health so he or she can properly address them.

Cardiovascular Disease in Women

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Illinois family lawyer, Illinois divorce attorneyFor many engaged women, the decision to change their name to their husband's or not after marriage is fairly easy to make. Most women know long before they get engaged, even before they meet the men they eventually marry, whether they want to change their name or not because for many, the decision is primarily about her attachment to her own name. When a woman who changed her name gets divorced, she has a new decision to make: to change her name again or not. For some, changing their name back to their family name is an empowering way to strip themselves of the marriage and all its problems whereas for others, the name is no longer just their husband's, but their own and keeping it has nothing to do with holding onto him or the marriage. If you are not sure about whether you want to change your name after your divorce, consider the following:

Your Professional Identity

For many women, the decision to change one's name or not at marriage and at divorce hinges on how her professional identity is tied to the name. If you are well known by a specific name in your field, it might not be in your best interest to change it.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyA divorce can bring out many emotions in an individual. An individual going through the divorce process might feel anger, resentment, frustration, and sadness as well as more positive emotions, like relief, accomplishment, and a renewed optimism about the future. Sometimes, these emotions coexist, or an individual might even feel motivated about finalizing their divorce and moving on one day, then feel crushed about the end of their marriage the next. Emotions are not always logical, nor do they have to be. 

But sometimes, the negative feelings that come with a divorce can turn into something more – a mental health disorder like depression. A divorce is a major change in an individual's life. It is not unnatural to feel depressed after going through a divorce, especially in an individual who did not initiate the divorce. If you find yourself feeling depressed in the weeks, months, or even years after your divorce is finalized, know that you are not alone. Find yourself a counselor or psychiatrist who can help you overcome your depression. You might even find a mental healthcare professional who specializes in working with individuals affected by divorce. Do not resign yourself to suffering from depression – you can get help and move on with your life.

Symptoms of Depression

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorneyAccording to Time magazine, despite the recent rise of married women choosing to retain their maiden names after marriage, approximately 80 percent still choose to alter their names in some way, either by taking their husbands' names or by hyphenating their husbands' names with this own. These women often face the issue of changing their names again when they divorce. Although some opt to retain their husbands' names in order to have names that match their children, many divorced women look forward to the day that they can remove this connection to their former husband from their identity.

If you have recently been divorced or plan to divorce in the near future and you want to change your name, you will need to complete the legal name change process. Consider speaking to an attorney for help with this process.

Changing Your Name with the Social Security Administration

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