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Behaviors that signal divorce and can influence spousal support

Divorce rarely comes as a total surprise. Both partners are likely fully aware of marital conflict by the time they reach the point of divorce. However, even if a person believes that divorce is in his or her future, the exact timing of it might be a mystery. There are several behaviors that might indicate divorce is drawing nearer, including one that could affect spousal support.

Spousal support provides financial stability to one spouse, helping to maintain the lifestyle to which he or she has become accustomed. In Illinois, the recipient is typically the partner who earned less or did not work during the marriage. Should this person suddenly begin making large purchases and spending more money than normal, he or she could be trying to establish a more expensive lifestyle. Conversely, a spouse who unexpectedly slashes household expenses might be hoping to lower his or her spouse's expected lifestyle. Both are possible signs that divorce may be sooner rather than later.

A partner who suddenly stops communicating with his or her spouse could also be signaling that divorce is near. This is especially true if he or she went from constant nagging and criticism to mostly silence. Although this may feel like a welcome relief, it is usually an attempt to create distance between two spouses. The person filing for divorce might have fewer reservations about doing so if he or she no longer feels close to the other.

While these behaviors sometimes have very little to do with divorce, those who are already dealing with marital strife should pay close attention. These and other out of character or unexpected behaviors could signal attempts to influence spousal support, property division and more. Identifying these types of behaviors also gives one the ability to prepare for the divorce process, such as collecting important financial documents and even speaking with an experienced Illinois attorney.

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