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A walk through the collaborative divorce process

With the recent passage of the Illinois Collaborative Process Act, our state has both recognized collaborative divorce and set standards that will benefit couples seeking an alternative to a traditional litigated divorce. Now that we understand some of the benefits of collaborative divorce, let's look a little more closely at just what happens during the process.

Illinois recognizes, sets standards for collaborative divorce

The end of a marriage is often envisioned as a courtroom battle filled with raw emotions. This is not without reason: for many years, litigation has been a necessary part of the divorce process. However, Illinois recently passed a law officially recognizing an alternative to traditional divorce litigation that may be an option for some divorcing Rockford couples.

Online dating and marriage

Internet and digital technologies have had impacts on a great many things in our world. This includes impacts on the way people meet partners.

What does the divorce process generally look like?

Once the decision to divorce is made, couples in Illinois may feel a sense of relief. However, they may also be concerned about how their divorce will proceed. It is important, then, to have a basic idea of what the divorce process looks like, so you can know what to expect.

Illinois law now addresses the care of pets in a divorce

We all love our pets, whether they bark, purr, squeak or squawk. Referred to in Illinois as companion animals, our furry or feathery friends are truly members of the family. Due to the unconditional love they provide, it might go without saying that if the pet's owners divorce, each party may have an emotional attachment to their pet, and therefore may want to be the one to keep the pet once the split is final.

Advantages and disadvantages of divorce mediation

When Illinois couples decide to end an a marriage, it launches a whole process that requires more decisions. Mediation could come up as an alternative to litigation that exposes people to arbitrary court decisions. Mediation brings the estranged spouses together so that they can be heard and negotiate the terms of a divorce settlement. For appropriate candidates, the process could save money on court costs and reduce the adversarial nature of litigation. The benefits do not always emerge, however, and the process might not be a good fit for everyone.

Closing a joint bank account in a divorce

Closing a joint bank account is one of the many tasks an Illinois couple may have to undertake if they decide to get a divorce. It is best to close the account together if possible to avoid any misunderstandings although it may not be necessary to have both parties present. People should take a photo identification and prepare to fill out some paperwork in order to close the account.

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.

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