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Why are women more likely to divorce after a promotion?

The manner in which people view marriage, child rearing and divorce have all evolved over recent years. An increasing number of women in Illinois are now earning more than their husbands, turning an old standard of marriage on its head. This new standard might be harder for some people to accept. When women receive promotions, their marriages are much more likely to end in divorce than when men advance in their careers.

What judges consider when creating child support orders

Raising a child is expensive, and divorce certainly does not make it any cheaper. Child support is one way to make sure that both parents keep providing important financial stability regardless of what else is going on in life. Here is how Illinois family law deals with child support.

Why is figuring out child custody getting so difficult?

Societal expectations have changed quite a bit over a relatively short period of time, especially when it comes to family and parenting. Fathers in Illinois now play much larger roles in their children's lives than their own fathers did. This shift has also nudged more and more families toward joint child custody, with each parent taking on 50% of parenting time. Unfortunately, some experts believe that shared custody, social media and even mistruths are causing conflict between divorcing parents.

Marital property, Social Security benefits support retirement

No one wants to just get by during retirement, but establishing a secure financial footing for the future is not always easy. Divorce in particular can complicate plans for one's later years. Making sound, informed decisions regarding the division of marital property is one way to protect that future, but it is not the only approach.

Stay-at-home parents should secure future access to alimony

Even the best laid plans can be easily derailed by reality. For example, many Illinois couples plan for both partners to continue working after they have children. But once kids are in the picture those plans might change. It is not uncommon for one parent -- quite often the mother -- to leave the workforce and stay home with the kids. In these situations, stay-at-home parents should be vigilant about protecting their rights to alimony and marital assets after a divorce.

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