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Is unfamiliar divorce terminology overwhelming you?

Ending a marriage is never easy, and for anybody in Illinois going through this challenging process for the first time, the proceedings can be daunting. Gaining knowledge of the different terms and the legal language used during a divorce might limit the confusion somewhat. First in the terminology list is the Petition for Dissolution, which is the court filing. The chosen type of divorce will determine whether this filing occurs at the beginning or closer to the end of the process.

Divorce: Financial stumbling blocks during separation

Ending a marriage will always be a costly process -- not only emotionally but also financially. Advisers suggest Illinois residents who are considering divorce prepare themselves for the financial consequences of such steps. Both parties will be affected, regardless of whether they have a prenuptial agreement.

A strong support team may ease the navigation of a divorce

Ending a marriage in Illinois is typically a challenging time -- even if the breakup is amicable. For that reason, it might be wise for anyone in the throes of a divorce to build a team of supporters to assist with different aspects of the process. It is not uncommon for friends and family to provide advice that might be well-meant but is often misdirected. Although having them for moral support can be invaluable, information about divorce is best provided by a family law attorney.

Digital spyware -- the cheap PIs in modern divorce

With the easy access of spyware of various kinds, ending marriages in Illinois and other states are forever changed. A scorned spouse can gather evidence of a soon-to-be ex's every movement, conversation and online activity. Electronic devices costing next-to-nothing are freely available for installation on phones, computers and in vehicles, and they are reportedly utilized by many people in the throes of divorce.

Why do so many couples divorce after decades of marriage?

It is no longer unusual for couples in Illinois and elsewhere who are older than 50 years to split up -- often after decades of marriage. It has become known as a "gray divorce," and many people wonder what would be the reason for this phenomenon. An author of a book on the subject has identified some common causes, one of which is the spouses growing apart over time rather than one triggering event. He also says when a couple decides to file for divorce, family and friends are often caught entirely unaware.

The financial changes typically brought about by divorce

When a person in Illinois is thinking of ending a marriage, it might be wise to consider the financial consequences of such a step. A divorce is not only an emotionally draining process, but it could also tap one's funds. The first matter of concern for many is the family home for which a mortgage was likely obtained on the strength of both incomes, and utilities and maintenance costs are generally also shared. Even if the court awards the house to one spouse, affordability must be considered.

Divorce may be the only option in any of these circumstances

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more than 20 percent of marriages in Illinois and elsewhere experience some sort of disruption within the initial five years after the wedding date. Relationship advisers say it is not the causes of the disruptions that lead to divorce but the manner in which couples deal with the problems. The also say that some reasons for divorces are cited more frequently than others.

Financial planning in divorce planning is unique to each person

People search for all types of advice on the internet. Any Illinois resident who is in the throes of a divorce has likely resorted to Google for advice and found that most sources are generic and typically focus on women and the financial planning they need to do. However, financial planning in a divorce is for all, not only women, and the circumstances of each are unique. For most people, the first area to look at is a post-divorce budget.

Understanding the need for a final divorce decree

When can an Illinois couple say their marriage has finally been ended? They have to wait until the court has issued a final divorce decree. This also applies even if the divorce was amicable and the couple reached a settlement agreement out of court. The decree will be the court's confirmation that the judge has granted the termination of the marital relationship.

Finances in Stephenson multimillion dollar divorce finalized

Multimillionaire Richard Stephenson married Alicia 26 years ago, and 16 years later they decided to separate. Two more years elapsed before Alicia Stephenson filed for divorce. For the past eight years, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America founder and his former wife battled to reach an out-of-court settlement, but all their efforts failed. In the end, it was up to the court and an Illinois judge to decide how to divide the millions.

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