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Are your children bewildered by your friendly divorce?

Sometimes, obvious difficulties are easier to deal with than circumstances that appear to be calm, cool and controlled--at least on the surface. This is often the case for children whose parents are going through an amicable divorce. Where are the arguments? The hurt feelings? If there is day-to-day discord, if one parent or the other has become a tyrant or if there is outright abuse, the children may be as willing as the grownups to get out of a bad situation. However, a friendly divorce between two people who have always been loving and responsible parents is a situation that children may find difficult to accept, and they may behave in the following ways.

Are divorces harder on women or men?

When a marriage ends, both parties suffer in their own way. Sorting through assets, possessions and an entire life together can take a toll on your mental, physical and emotional well-being over time. As you start your life on your own, it is easy to feel bleak about the future.

4 ways to deal with a difficult ex-spouse

Marriage can be all sorts of rewarding, but divorce is often the exact opposite. While marriage comes with its own set of frustrations, divorce is a whole new ball game. This is particularly true when your ex chooses to be difficult rather than working with you on important issues like child custody, child support or alimony. Financial issues are typically touchy after a divorce, and there is little you can do if your ex decides they want to punish you. You can only control the way you act, so the following tips can help you deal with a difficult ex.

Prenups No Longer a Stigma

Times have changed. In the old days, a prenuptial agreement seemed to be the exclusive territory of a wealthy executive who left his family to marry his young secretary, or perhaps it was when two old-money families sealed a merger through the marriage of their kids. But in the era of duel income families and women working in every area of the job market at every level, a prenup may simply be the smart option for when couples decide to get married.

Addressing the marital home may be challenging during divorce

The marital home is typically a couple's largest asset. It is for this reason that the home often becomes the main point of contention during the divorce process for people in Illinois. A couple of tips may help spouses decide the fate of the marital home when dissolving their marriage.

Equitable property division standard used in Illinois divorce

People going through the divorce process in Illinois typically realize that all of the assets they acquired during the marriage will likely end up decreasing by half. This is because each of the spouses is to receive his or her fair share of the couple's marital estate. Common concerns, however, are how to differentiate nonmarital and marital assets, including retirement plans, during divorce.

Division of marital property may include IP assets

One of the most stressful aspects of a divorce in Illinois is determining how to divide assets. This is especially true if the two individuals cannot see eye to eye when it comes to the division of marital property. One type of asset that is often neglected is the intellectual property, or IP, asset.

Prenuptial agreement may provide protection in divorce

As people in Illinois prepare to get married, they typically prefer not to discuss the possibility of getting divorced. This is why putting together a prenuptial agreement often gets placed on the back burner or is ignored altogether. However, prenuptial agreements are essential for protecting one's best interests in the event of a divorce.

Financial considerations in divorce can be stressful

While it is only natural for emotions to be overwhelming for anyone ending a marriage, special attention must be paid to the financial decisions made during this time. The impact of doubling the basic household expenses -- such as utilities, groceries and other ongoing expenses -- can be significant. Whether in Illinois or elsewhere, careful planning is required to be prepared for these often unanticipated obligations that result from a divorce.

If divorce goes to court, how you behave matters

Most couples in the Peoria area going through divorce file irreconcilable differences as the reason for the action. That catchall phrase allows you to seek a dissolution of marriage without having to establish legal grounds -- something that can take a great deal of time and be complicated.

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