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Protecting your children in divorce

If anyone said marriage would be easy, they were clearly wrong. Likewise for anyone who says divorce is easy. In fact, divorce is often a very difficult, emotional process. Matters become even more tangled when children are involved.

A recent article on divorce and custody disputes says there are ways divorcing parents can minimize "stress and sadness for your smalls."

Resolving disputes in divorce

You can pay a traffic ticket, examine government plans, sit on a jury, pay taxes and register to vote at the Peoria County Courthouse. A much more personal process begins when a person goes there to file for a divorce, however.

Anyone faced with the prospect of the end of their marriage is going to have a million questions. One of the most frequently asked: how long will the divorce process take?

Illinois high court rules on unmarried domestic relationships

So much has changed in the past 35 years, but the Illinois Supreme Court proudly bucks the trends and fashions, standing firm on common law marriage. More than three decades have passed since the state's high court said in 1979 that it would uphold state policy and law that discourages cohabitation between unmarried partners.

The court recently weighed in on cohabitation again, ruling that unmarried partners still have no right in Illinois to each other's property. The decision essentially means that those who choose to have long-term relationships outside of marriage should not expect to have the legal benefits of marriage or divorce when those relationships end.

The links that bind in divorce

We all know people who have moved from Peoria in search of greener pastures. And we all know people have returned home after trying other cities, towns and states. What might be news is that Americans are typically moving less today than in the past.

Statistics show us Americans are moving only about half as much as did back in the mid 1960s. Why the big drop-off in migration? A professor of geography at the University of Connecticut has been trying to answer that question for nearly a decade. After much research and study, he says the complexities of modern families — especially those families who have gone through divorce involving child custody matters — have created ties that bind people together, even after divorce.

Divorcing parents: Now is the time to conduct yourselves as adults

Like many of our readers, Peoria has gone through good times and bad. It has survived the tough days and is ready for better ones.

That is what parents who face a child custody battle must do as well. Get through the difficult days of divorce, behaving as a responsible adult at all times so that your chances of a good outcome are increased, a family law attorney wrote in a recent article.

Financial issues that can go boom in divorce for Boomers

As regular readers of our Peoria family law blog know, we have written more than once about the rising divorce rate among Baby Boomers. The Baby Boom was this nation's largest generation, and as it enters retirement age, more and more of its graying members are seeking divorces.

In so-called gray divorces, there are three items most commonly contested: spousal support (83 percent), retirement savings and pensions (62 percent) and business interests (60 percent). People over 50 who are pondering divorce need to be keenly aware of the high stakes involved in those items and the complexity of property division disputes, the president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said.

Addressing personal finances beforehand

Before a couple takes that way down the aisle, there are a number of conversations they should have first. Where to honeymoon? Will they have kids? Who sits near the strange uncle at family dinners? And so on.

A recent in U.S. News and World Report says that one important conversation couples should not overlook is how they will approach their finances during marriage. If they have this often-difficult conversation, it can avoid complications later, especially for couples with significant assets.

While a marriage can end, parenting is forever

No one should enter into marriage lightly and no one should enter the divorce process lightly either, writes a social psychologist. She emphasizes that parents should be especially careful when considering divorce, and also when choosing what kind of divorce they will have.

She says it's up to you to choose whether your divorce will be acrimonious or amicable, and that the choice you make will have a lasting impact on your children.

Divorce attorney advice on how to pick a divorce attorney

When you face divorce, you face a blizzard of questions about how you will deal with the end of your marriage. How will your kids handle it? How will child custody be decided upon? How will property be divided? And so on.

All are important questions, as is this one: "How do I find a good Peoria family law attorney?" A recent article written by a divorce lawyer gives advice on how to shop for and choose an attorney who will help you through a difficult time.

Working Toward Equality for Divorcing Dads

Another Father's Day has come and gone. For some dads, it's an annual reminder of how little they see their children. Some fathers to the north of Peoria recently spent the day celebrating Fatherless Day, a day to raise awareness of kids who don't see their fathers because of death or divorce.

The group Illinois for Parental Equality is working to get divorced dads more access to their children, the president of the organization says.

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