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Older Americans see increase in divorce rate

Illinois residents who may be getting divorced may sometimes feel alone and as if others would not understand their situations. However, this is far from the truth. In fact, a new study from the Pew Research Center shows that people over 50 are actually experiencing even more divorces now than they were 25 years ago.

How do I help my kids during my divorce?

The start of a new calendar year often heralds a time of many positive changes for people in Illinois. If this year for you has brought a divorce, your new year is clearly off to a different start yet it can still be positive. If you have children, you will be interested in learning ways that you can support them emotionally as they go through this transition so that they too can start and end this year positively.

How divorced parents can help kids

Illinois parents who get divorced must often put the needs of their kids ahead of their own feelings. This may well be easier said than done sometimes when a potentially frustrating situation erupts with a former spouse. But, with a bit of consciousness and commitment, divorced moms and dads can learn to co-parent positively.

What do preschoolers need during a parent's divorce?

How can you help young kids when you are going through a divorce? If you have children who are toddlers or of preschool or pre-kindergarten age, you will want to remember that their view of the world is very different than yours. Addressing things in the way that they can comprehend is essential when supporting them through this process.

Push to divorce seen at end of year

For many families in Illinois, the holiday season can be one of the toughest times of the year. This can happen when a marriage is under extreme strain and possibly even near its end. Some couples talk openly about wanting to keep their families intact for one more Christmas, often for the sake of the kids or even elderly family members. Other individuals contemplate divorce themselves but do not even tell their spouse right away and prefer to wait until after the New Year's holiday.

Collaborative divorce and mediation in Illinois

Among the many challenges facing divorcing spouses in Illinois is the high cost or at least the believed high cost that can be involved in a traditional litigated divorce. In addition to the financial costs associated with a divorce, there can also be emotional costs when confict remains high throughout the entire divorce process. Divorce mediation or collaborative divorce offer two alternative ways of getting divorced that may address these things.

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