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3 things to be aware of regarding adjustment in children of divorce

Divorces come in all shapes in sizes, affecting each family differently. While it is common for parents to be caught up in the whirlwind of attorneys, selling the house, child support, and all of the other aspects of divorce, it is important for parents to be aware of the ways in which children are affected by divorce. Divorce is usually a rattling experience in the life of a child, and it is the parents' responsibilities to both be aware of how their children are affected, and look for ways to help them adjust. Research comparing children of divorce to children who have not experienced divorce shows that children are indeed psychologically affected both short-term and long-term by the separation of their parents.

Throwing a Divorce Party: 3 reasons for celebrating a new season in your life

So you've finally closed the door on one of the longest chapters of your life-your marriage. Why not go out with a bang? One of the latest trends in divorce proceedings is to turn the event of a divorce into a reason for a celebration by having a "divorce party." Embarking on a new life of singleness is to be celebrated, rather than mourned. You entered your marriage by throwing a party; why not end your marriage doing the same? The following are a few reasons why throwing a divorce party may be just what you need to celebrate your new identity as a single individual.

Illinois bill would restrict alleged rapists' custody rights

Illinois lawmakers have proposed a bill that would change child custody battles if the child was a result of a rape. Lawmakers say that the bill would keep alleged rapists from seeking child custody and also keep the alleged rapist out of the child's life.

Requesting an Upward Modification of Child Support

As a single parent, it is important to be aware of the laws surrounding child support, specifically concerning modification of payments. According to Illinois statute, custodial parents have the right to request an upward modification of child support from their ex, provided there is a "substantial change in circumstances." These requests are most often due to an increase in the income of the parent paying child support. If you are considering requesting a modification on the basis of an income change, the following describe the necessary actions to take in pursuance:

Protecting your credit score during divorce

Divorce can impact a person's finances in many ways, and many couples wonder how divorce will impact their credit. The good news is that divorce does not specifically impact a person's credit score because each spouse has their own individual credit report and score, regardless of if the couple had joint accounts.

Co-parenting classes: their importance in divorces with children

When couples divorce, staying as far away from each other is often an (unrealistic) expectation that each tends to have. This may be a healthy option for many couples. However, when there are children involved, this idea is nearly impossible. According to local ordinance, co-parenting classes are required to be taken by all divorcing couples with children under the age of 18. In Winnebago County specifically, parents are ordered to attend P.A.C.T. classes with Rockford family counselor Eileen McCarten. P.A.C.T. (Parents And Children Together) is a four hour class taken by both parents in which they learn the effects of divorce on children, and also how to help children cope with this life change. The conflict that inevitably arises as a result of a divorce has many direct and indirect effects on children, and the following provide just a few reasons why P.A.C.T. classes should be taken.

How to Prevent Dissipation in Your Divorce

For those who are considering a divorce, it is important to be aware of what the courts call "dissipation," and how to prevent it. Dissipation happens at the time of the "breakdown of the marriage," when one spouse spends a portion of the marital funds for the sole purpose of one's own benefit, completely unrelated to the marriage. Doing so diminishes the size of the marital estate, lessening the amount of money and assets subject to equitable division. In the event that the courts find one party guilty of dissipating funds, the other party may consequently be granted rights to more of the marital estate, as recompense for the dishonest spending. If your marriage has reached the point of "irretrievable breakdown," as the State of Illinois defines it, you should be aware of warning signs indicating that your spouse may be dissipating funds, and how to prevent further dissipation before your divorce is finalized. The following include a few tips for prevention.

Collaborative law: proposed bill would change divorce proceedings in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers are looking at changing how couples can get divorced or separated in the state. The two proposed bills would create the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, which allows couples to use collaborative practice during their divorce proceedings.

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