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Once a couple decides to get divorced, they have to resolve several issues, including spousal maintenance, marital property division, child support, and parenting arrangements. But the process of negotiating these issues is not easy, and a couple may wonder if they really want to complete the divorce process. Although most spouses may already know the marriage has permanently broken down when they file for divorce, others may wonder if they can continue down the path towards divorce if there is any chance of reconciliation. 
Illinois Divorce is No-Fault Only
While couples used to need certain justifications
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Divorce is a challenging process with so much at stake. Not only do divorcing couples need to resolve complex issues like child support, child custody, and spousal maintenance, but they generally want to do so as quickly as possible – all while dealing with the pressure and dynamics of a crumbling intimate relationship. Most couples in Illinois can benefit tremendously from the help of an experienced Illinois divorce attorney. Here are four issues for which having a family law attorney may be helpful to you. 
Child Issues
Parents are strongly attached to their children and their welfare,
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Sometimes the hardest part about getting a divorce is deciding, once and for all, whether you want to leave or stay. It is an intensely personal decision, and one that only you can make–but once you have made the final call, it is time to move forward with the official process. How long it takes to get divorced will depend on your unique circumstances; for some couples, it takes several months and for others it can take upwards of two years. Regardless of how long it takes, before you get started, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Are You
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Even the most simple DuPage County divorce can become more complicated than either spouse intends. Standard divorce procedures are often more challenging when one or both spouses refuse to compromise, fail to respond in a timely manner, or intentionally draw out proceedings. When this happens, divorce can become much more stressful, expensive, and time-consuming and there may be no simple solution. Here are three reasons divorces tend to become more complicated. 
Children’s Issues
Several issues are unique to dealing with children during divorce: child support, parental responsibilities, and parenting time have entire sections of family law dedicated entirely
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Most parents experience conflict as they learn to co-parent successfully after their divorce. It is not easy to raise children in two different households, especially when differences in parenting preferences contributed to the divorce in the first place. But for some parents, the situation is so volatile that they cannot work together at all. This could happen for many reasons; perhaps the relationship ended because of abuse or infidelity, or one or both spouses may manifest symptoms of narcissism. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is that children can often suffer terribly when they are exposed to ongoing conflict
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Grandparents, step-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings can be part of a large, supportive family milieu that offers young children a loving, structured environment. Extended families often give much-needed assistance, especially when a child’s parents are divorced, imprisoned, or otherwise unable to be actively involved in a child’s life.
However, sometimes a child’s parent may try to actively inhibit a child’s relationship with extended family members. Whether this behavior is because of an acrimonious divorce, personal dislike of certain family members, or an effort to seek revenge on a former spouse, the impact on both the child and the
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After getting through the last stages of divorce, the thought of dating again may be off-putting. Many people are nervous to jump back into a relationship, after all, a relationship is how they ended up divorced in the first place. Others are excited at the prospect of having another chance to get it right. However you feel after your Illinois divorce, the prospect of dating again eventually crops up for everyone. Making wise decisions and thinking carefully about your actions can help you find a healthy, happy relationship whenever you are ready to start dating again.

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Every year, more divorcing couples in Illinois are using the benefits of divorce mediation to help them avoid the expense, hostility, and hassle of trial litigation. Mediation can give couples more control over their divorce decrees, greater privacy, and a quicker overall divorce. Despite these benefits, divorce mediation is still a challenging process that requires preparation and careful thought. Many important decisions must be made that will affect each spouse for many years to come. Here are four tips to help you get ready for your divorce mediation in Illinois. 
Get into a Collaborative Mindset
It is easy for negotiations
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Any time a divorcing spouse must attend a hearing, he or she wants to make a favorable impression so the judge will make unbiased decisions. Although most of us have been advised never to judge a book by its cover, the truth is that everybody makes split-second judgments about other people based on first impressions. Someone’s appearance, dress, and demeanor can help them appear respectable and responsible, but it can also do the opposite. Especially when important decisions are at stake, like the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, it is important to never give a judge reason to
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For spouses who have begun the divorce process, the road ahead can seem long and incomprehensible. The many stages, endless negotiations, and the need to decipher legalese can be challenging and frustrating. Although you may be familiar with the process of filing for divorce and understand what it means to negotiate, there is one stage of divorce that stumps many people: Discovery. In this blog, we will cover some important facts about discovery so you know what to expect when it is time for yours. 
Most Divorces Do Not Have a Discovery Phase
If you have been stressing over the
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Many people believe that the hardest part about getting divorced is making that final decision. But once you have decided to get a divorce in Illinois, the process still looms before you. What can you expect? Is there anything you can do to prepare yourself? Fortunately, there are answers to these questions. A proficient attorney can help you set clear and realistic expectations for your divorce, and there are many things you can do to get ready. 
Ten Ways to Prepare For Divorce in Illinois 

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    Divorce is never easy, but a divorce that seems to drag on interminably can be exhausting and expensive. Couples getting divorced in Illinois generally want their divorce to move as quickly as possible so they can resolve important issues and get on with life. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know exactly how long a divorce will take; many different issues can affect the speed and efficiency of the divorce process. However, if you are looking for a sense of how long your divorce might take, the following information may be helpful.

    Is There a Waiting Period in Illinois?
    If both
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    Divorce is a notoriously challenging experience for everyone involved, especially if one spouse is trying to escape an unhealthy or abusive relationship involving domestic violence. Unfortunately, sometimes a spouse continues unhealthy behaviors by stalking, harassing, or intimidating their future ex. This may be in an effort to manipulate their partner into staying, or it may be an inappropriate effort to monitor and “catch” the partner in misdeeds. 
    Whatever the reason, it is not okay for one spouse to make the other spouse feel uncomfortable or unsafe during divorce proceedings. If you are in this situation and do not know
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    One of the most important parts of a divorce is the division of marital assets. Spouses are bound by Illinois law to be transparent and forthcoming about their individual and shared finances so they can negotiate fairly and come to an equitable resolution, as required by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. 
    When a spouse is deceptive and attempts to hide property, savings, income, investments, or other assets, effective action is required to investigate and reveal the missing information. A competent Illinois divorce attorney can help you track down missing assets before a judgment or help you appeal
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    For children whose parents are divorced, child support is an essential part of ensuring they get their needs met by both parents. Illinois law uses a formula to determine payments using the Income Shares method, and payments are generally made from the non-residential parent to the residential parent (or the parent who has the most parenting time). 
    Sometimes, after child support payments have been determined, an unexpected expense will occur. Children may become seriously ill and require expensive medical treatment, or be diagnosed with a learning disability that requires extensive tutoring or in-class support. When these things happen, Illinois
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    As recently as one generation ago, most children had two married parents and grew up in “traditional families.” Regardless of whether they were happy together, parents generally did not get divorced and, as a result, Illinois had fairly rigid child custody laws.
    For better or worse, times have changed. Illinois law has been updated in many ways to reflect the growing diversity of family structures, and one way this benefits unmarried parents is in their shared right to have a say over their children’s issues. For parents who have never been married, and fathers in particular, it is important
    Continue Reading Can Unmarried Fathers Refuse a Child’s Relocation?