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According to a financial strategist, how a woman thinks could influence her financial outcome in a divorce. Going through a divorce can be very emotional for women but learning how to shift their thinking from emotional to financial could help them secure a solid financial footing and less regret after a divorce. Pam 6-5-13Turing off your emotions may be easier said than done, but understanding that there are two groups of emotions may make it easier. The emotional feeling a woman has about her spouse is one group and those emotional feelings that she has towards herself is the other. Typical emotions towards her spouse may include anger, sadness, rage, or a feeling of relief. Those emotions that she feels towards herself may be a little more complex. Getting a better understanding of these emotions will help make the necessary shift from emotional thinking to financial thinking. The self-chatter that a woman may have while going through a divorce could block her ability to do what is best for her. It can also determine how well she recovers from the divorce. Staying healthy during this trying time will help. Often the overwhelming process of divorce could make women neglect a prior healthy routine of working out and eating right. This is not the time for her to stop taking care herself. Continuing to work out or starting a workout routine will help to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. In addition, negative self doubt in her ability to choose a partner only works against her. Shifting her focus to what is best for the children, if any, and herself is advised. Having a divorce lawyer that will fight to protect her interest in another must have. If you are taking into consideration how your life might be as a single woman after divorce contact an Illinois attorney today for a free consultation.  

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There are many different reasons that you may be considering adoption as a feasible method of expanding your family. Some people are not able to have their own children; they may have decided that they wanted more children after having elective surgery that prevents them from naturally bearing a child, or maybe they simply do not want to have to go through a pregnancy. No matter what the reason, the state of Illinois does have several adoption programs. Theresa 5-15The children who are waiting to be adopted may be under DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) care because of being taken from their parents, or they may have other circumstances that have caused them not to have a permanent home. Providing a foster home for a child gives you the opportunity to provide a temporary residence for children that are currently wards of the state. This may be an option while the natural parents are working on getting themselves together to get their kids back home. The foster child may need specialized care because of health or emotional issues and a group home would not be the best place for them. An adoption would establish you as the child's legal parent. This would give you all of the rights and responsibilities that any parent has for a child, as you would have with a birth child. Once the adoption process is final, DCFS would have no further involvement in the case and the child is yours permanently. Either the birth parents have relinquished their parental rights to the children or an order was put through the court doing the same. The third type of adoption program is guardianship. Usually a family member is taking care of the child in this situation. The parents still have rights to the child but returning to the parent's home or being adopted is not an option. This usually lasts until the age of 18. If you are considering adoption and you have questions regarding the process, what you need to qualify, etc. a qualified Illinois family law attorney can assist you and represent you in court.  

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LeeviViagra has been on the market for over a decade helping thousands of men overcome erectile dysfunction. But while the drug can help men with sexual problems, it may cause other issues that can lead to divorce, according to an article. The biggest reason why Viagra can be a problem is that men take the drug, but do not tell their partners about it. It is not always easy for wives to adjust to their husband’s increased sexual drive. Also, the drug can make men more confident, and they may start looking for new partners outside the marriage. “When intercourse is suddenly a possibility again, relationship issues can emerge or resurface, as can dramatic differences in libido. The bottom line is that couples should try to regard these drugs as an opportunity to renew their sexual relationship, while realizing that ED drugs are neither a mandate to have intercourse nor a panacea for every problem in the bedroom,” according to a report published by the Harvard School of Medicine. Experts recommend that couples discuss sexual problems together. Viagra can improve marriage if the husband tells his spouse that he is taking the drug. Couples can even go to the doctor’s office together to learn how to best use the erectile-dysfunction drug in their relationship. Furthermore, in most cases, Viagra is more beneficial than harmful. If you are experiencing problems in your marriage and want to divorce, you need to talk to a lawyer. A skilled divorce attorney can protect your legal rights throughout the proceedings and make sure your case is resolved efficiently. Contact a dedicated divorce attorney in Illinois today.
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If you've been the victim of domestic violence and you're also moving through the proceedings of a divorce trial, it can be complicated to understand how domestic violence impacts the judge. Particularly if you have minor children, getting custody can make it all the more important that you approach raising allegations appropriately with your lawyer. In Illinois, judges tend to rely on factor tests, which allow the judges to weigh the impacts of the domestic violence in determining the best interests of the child. For a long time around the country, judges have been instructed to make final determinations based on what they perceive to be the child's "best interests". A factor test simply means that the judge should "factor in" how domestic violence may be affecting the child.  Judges in Illinois also tend to lean towards joint custody where the situation may fit, which can be dangerous in situations where children are already victims of abuse. Speak to your attorney in depth about the history of the abuse, any documentation regarding it, and how it has affected the children. For example, if their grades have declined as a result of emotional traumas, you might want to obtain copies of their gradecards as well as reports from their teachers to back up your arguments. If the abuse has been documented by a physician or other adult, it will be helpful to have copies of this. Since judges are guided by the best interests of the child, it's important that as much hard evidence as possible is shared about history and patterns of abuse. Before proceeding with a trial or other parts of the process, discuss your strategy with your attorney. You should not go into a custody trial where abuse is alleged without the guidance of an experienced and licensed attorney. Contact your lawyers today to set up a consultation.  

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When two people come together to wed, the last thing on their minds is a divorce or legal separation. However, time goes on and people may change. This realization may prompt one person to want out of the marriage, but not completely until he or she is sure that divorce is what's right. The best advantage of a legal separation may be time. Legal separation allows two people to live separately until they can decide if divorce is the best option. Pam 5-8This arrangement is particularly favorable in cases where couples may want to divorce due to 'irreconcilable differences' as a requirement for divorce in Illinois is a two year separation. In addition, the spouse seeking divorce must establish that he or she is not the one responsible for the separation. According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act, two people, while remaining married can be legally separated. This allows a separated couple to avoid a court order distribution of property. However, the court can still make judgment similar to that of a divorce. For instance, a court could rule that a spouse pay spousal support even though the couple is separated and living in two separate dwellings. A court can set rules regarding child custody and visitation similar to a divorce case. Just because a couple is seeking legal separation doesn't mean the courts stop working in the best interest of the children. Therefore, the courts take into consideration eight factors set by statute (750 ILCS 5/602) to determine the child custody arrangements. Dealing with a separation and possible divorce can be emotionally overwhelming. Often a person can become unsure of what to do and what course of action to take. Illinois residents considering a legal separation or looking for answers to questions concerning divorce should contact a legal separation attorney for a free consultation.  

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