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March 2013 Archives

Why communication is so important before and during a divorce

With the national average of first marriages that end in divorce hovering around 50 percent, it's no surprise that optimistic couples in Illinois want to be the exception to the rule-beat the odds so to speak. But the sad fact of the matter is that not all marriages end happily ever after, and sometimes the only way to get your happy ending is to get a divorce.

If a spouse is incompetent, can a guardian initiate a divorce?

In Illinois, when an adult is found by a court to be incompetent to manage his or her own affairs, a legal guardian is appointed to do so. The person who has been declared incompetent is referred to as a "ward," and the guardian's legal duty is to act in the ward's best interest. So what should happen when a guardian determines it would be in the ward's best interest to get a divorce? Would a guardian have the right to file for divorce on behalf of the ward?

To divorce or not to divorce over age 50? Some considerations

This may or may not surprise you, but it's becoming increasingly common for people 50 and older to divorce after long-term marriages. It has become so common, in fact, that the phenomenon has been dubbed "gray divorce." Most often, gray divorces take place among those with grown children, but people on the verge of retirement and even retirees are also making the decision to continue on alone.

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