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Divorces delayed by health care uncertainty

Some Illinois couples may be postponing their divorces because of uncertainty about health care. It is not yet clear how health care may change and whether people will still be able to access it after they divorce. In 2012, prior to the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, one study reported that about 115,000 women lost private health care after divorce. While the Senate voted on July 28 to not repeal the Affordable Care Act, it is still uncertain what changes might be ahead regarding health insurance.

Career stress and divorce rates

Some Illinois couples who are in the military might be more likely to get a divorce than people in other professions. Some of the stresses that a military career might involve include time away from one another, frequent moves and psychological stress. Among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 20 percent report depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Common divorce misconceptions

Divorcing couples in Illinois and around the country sometimes make ill-advised decisions because they received poor advice or believed something to be true that was not. There are a number of common misconceptions about divorce, and people may be wise to check the accuracy of their information carefully before making important decisions.

Male unemployment increases likelihood of divorce

Despite the increased participation of married women in the Illinois workforce since the 1970s, social expectations about men being the breadwinner of the family appear to create marital stress. A sociology professor from Harvard University concluded that husbands had a greater chance of getting divorced if they lacked a full-time job.

How politics is damaging relationships

Some Illinois couples may have experienced more strain than usual on their relationships since the presidential election in November. Between April 12 and April 18, a Virginia polling company conducted a survey of 1,000 people around the country to learn more about the effect of politics on relationships and found that among millennials, 22 percent had broken up with a partner over political differences. Across all couples, 1 in 10 said they had done so.

Factors involved in elder divorce

Illinois residents who are at ot older than 50 and married might wonder about reports that divorce between older couples is rising. While it is true that the divorce rate for older couples has doubled over the past 30 years, there are factors involved that affect the chance of divorce for those 50 and older.

Protecting businesses in divorce

When Illinois company owners are married, it is important for them to draw up contingency plans in the event that they later choose to divorce. Couples who co-own businesses and who do not have such plans in place risk the failure of their businesses if they divorce and are subsequently unable to get along.

Common mistakes to avoid during your high-asset divorce

Going through a divorce is never simple or enjoyable. Due to the many factors involved in a divorce, there is always an opportunity for contentious disagreements and litigation. Difficulties and complications are often worse if you and your spouse have complex assets. Because of this, you should be prepared to deal with every aspect of the process, from determining child support to valuating your business. Being prepared will help you avoid common mistakes people make during high asset divorces.

Increase in divorces for older couples

Baby boomers in Illinois and around the country had high rates of divorce during their youth, and this trend still continues as people in this generation get older. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics indicate that between 1990 and 2015, the divorce rate for those of the age of 50 and over doubled, and the rate for those who are 65 years and older tripled.

How to divide a shared business in divorce

Illinois couples who own a business together may not think about their marriages coming to an end, but a prenuptial agreement or a buy-sell agreement might protect that business in such an instance. However, since some people may want to avoid discussing the possibility of divorce, couples may have no plan in place about how they will divide their business.

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