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Christine?It is helpful to learn from our mistakes, and to become better people for them. In a marriage, when it fails, one might think they have become experts on what did not work. So when the opportunity arises for a second marriage, these so called experts think they have it all understood. However, second marriages are more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. What can you do if you want to jump into the marriage pool again? Check out these quick tips, and consider a prenuptial agreement as you read on to protect yourself in your second marriage. It is easy to find someone and think they fit everything you have ever wanted. Maybe even comparing them to your previous spouse makes the temptation to marry even more beautiful. However, getting to know your future spouse is crucial. It does not have to be specific a length of time, per se, but rather, understanding each other’s culture, expectations, family, child-rearing techniques, money, religion and social beliefs. Believe it or not, they can easily tear a couple apart if they are not on the same page. Understand what did not work in your previous marriage – maybe even make a list. Discuss your ideas on relationships with your future partner so they understand your perspective and how to help avoid previous issues. Just jumping into a new marriage thinking it will be a clean slate and not have the same issues is not smart. By being open and honest can give the two of you a great way of figuring out expectations of each other and moving forward together in a positive, healthy way. Marriage is wonderful, but it is totally understandable for one to be apprehensive the second time around. Maybe a prenuptial is a good route for you and your new spouse to have to ensure your assets and expectations. Contact a Kane County family attorney today for more information.  

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family law 2 LeeviDivorce can often be very stressful. The stress can make us make illogical and dangerous mistakes. People often fail to prepare themselves emotionally for a divorce and they can have trouble controlling their emotions, which can lead to serious mistakes during the divorce process. A recent article in the Huffington Post lists the following five worst mistakes people make in a divorce. 1. Refusing to throw in the towel. While it is often a good idea to do everything you can to save your marriage, you need to know when to give up. If your spouse insists on a divorce, throwing in the towel is smart. You can’t save your marriage alone. 2. Giving in to withdrawal pains. It may be hard to move on with your life after the divorce. A person may experience “withdrawal pains”, and send constant e-mails and texts to their former spouse. This is not advisable, however, because your ex might see this as harassment, which is illegal. 3. Dating too early. Although you may feel lonely after a divorce and want to meet someone new, dating too early is ill-advised. You are most likely going through many emotions, and the new person in your life will probably just make the healing process harder. You may also make bad decisions while you are not yet fully yourself. 4. Putting the kids in the middle. Sometimes parents talk trash about the other parent, or make it hard for the other parent to see the kids. However, when you drag your kids into the divorce conflict, everyone loses, especially your children, who may suffer depression and anger as a result. 5. Neglecting to get help. Divorce is never an easy process. You should never go through it alone. By talking to someone close to you, it is possible to avoid the emotional pain that often comes with divorce. Don’t make the mistake of not getting help. If you are considering divorce, contact a capable Illinois family law attorney today.    

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Seattle Seahawks’ player Leroy Hill was accused of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment after assaulting his girlfriend multiple times while holding her captive for nearly six hours at his home, the Chicago Tribune reported on January 30. family law 1 LeeviThe abused girlfriend managed to escape the residence, and was able to contact her friend who then took her to safety. The 26-year-old girlfriend had injuries on her hands, wrists, neck and legs. She told police that she had managed to escape while Hill was in a bathroom. She was taken to a hospital for treatment and released. Hill was arrested soon after the incident and was placed into the King County Jail. This is not the first time Hill has been arrested. In 2010, he was arrested on a fourth-degree assault charge. However, the charges were dropped after Hill “met court-stipulated conditions that he avoid legal trouble for 18 months and completed a treatment program.” Domestic violence can happen to anyone. An order of protection can be obtained against the violent family member, which can protect you and your children from the violence. The order of protection can protect a person for example from harassment, physical and verbal abuse, intimidation, or interference with personal liberty. In addition, other relief can be granted, such as temporary possession or custody of the children. If you or someone you know has been assaulted by a violent spouse or significant other, it is important to act immediately. A skilled family law lawyer can assist you in getting the protection you need and stop the violence. Contact a compassionate and capable divorce attorney in Illinois as soon as possible. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Divorce is not something that people want to think about.  Yet by not taking certain easy steps, the process of dissolving a marriage can have lasting repercussions.  A divorce can affect your social, emotional, and other aspects of your life, but the easiest aspect to protect is the financial. The first step is to take steps to be prepared for a divorce.  Make sure you have access to money that can be used to begin the divorce process.  If that means keeping a credit card under only your name, then that's what you should do.  It is also necessary to have personal copies of financial documents, because that will give you an accurate representation of the assets you will need to divide during the divorce process. The next step is by understanding the financial implications of your divorce.  Important aspects like the difference between separate property and marital property, and what you can keep from being divided in a divorce.  It is also important to know how your assets and debts will be divided after your split.  Illinois is an equitable distribution state which is different from the 50-50 split of community property states.  In Illinois, the divorce court will look at factors such as the length of the marriage, the earning power of each spouse, and other factors to ensure a fair division. The last step is to think about your financial future after your divorce.  A major mistake that people make during a divorce is by requesting assets without considering the consequences.  For example, the marital home might be nice in theory, but it may be a financial burden on one income.  Maintaining the property, paying a mortgage, and other expenses will be difficult for anyone's finances. To stop yourself from overlooking financial steps of your divorce, take these few steps.  But there are other steps that can further protect your future.  The best one is contacting an experienced divorce attorney in Kane County who will be your advocate and guide through the divorce process. image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
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AmandaFor some, a prenuptial agreement helps them feel secure during their marriage. Others feel that requesting a prenuptial agreement is a jinx for having an unhappy marriage or a sign of mistrust. People who have been through a bad divorce in the past are more likely to want a prenup, especially if there are children in the mix. You want your children and yourself to be financially secure even if the marriage doesn't last forever. Dailyfinance.com suggests that couples should start the prenup process even if they decide they do not want to go through with it. Money can be a touchy subject, so it is important to know where you and your future spouse lie on decisions about it. Most people consider their belongings from before the marriage to be theirs no matter what the outcome of their marriage is; this is common in most states. Legally, this can be different for domestic partnerships or same-sex marriages. It depends on whether or not the state recognizes these relationships. Even if someone does not have any assets before the marriage, they might want to consider getting a prenup if they are expecting to attain assets in the future. Signing a prenup can be a touchy subject, which is one of the reasons that many couples do not have one.  It is important to see whether or not a couple can be financially compatible long before they ever have to sit down with a divorce attorney. If a couple makes around the same income and had the same educational and wealth status they shouldn’t have too many issues if the marriage doesn’t last too long. If there are big differences or a long marriage or children involved, things can get tricky. If you or anyone you know is thinking about signing a prenuptial agreement, be sure to contact a lawyer. Call an experience Illinois attorney that will be able to help you with your agreement.
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