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Illinois divorce lawyersHistorically, pets have been treated more like furniture in divorce than living, feeling beings – but that is all about to change. A new divorce law, set to take effect on January 1, 2018, changes that. Learn more about this new law and how it may affect your divorce, and discover how an experienced lawyer can assist with the various aspects of your case, such as your right to continued pet ownership after an Illinois divorce.

A Closer Look at the New Law

As the law stands now, pets are treated as an asset in the marital estate but because they cannot be divided like other assets, they typically go to the owner that paid for the animal’s care (or the one that can most feasibly continue to financially care for the animal). Sadly, this has resulted in many pets being separated from the owner that loved them most. There have also been cases in which spouses have fought for a family pet out of anger or retaliation, only to neglect or surrender the beloved companion once everything is over.

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DuPage County domestic violence lawyersDomestic violence in divorce is more common than most people realize, yet there is still little statistical information on the challenges that victims face after leaving their marriage. For example, experts have long known that victims and their children are at risk for heightened violence after leaving the relationship, but they questioned whether the type of abuse may be an influencing factor in the severity or frequency of such issues.

There is also little evidence on how co-parenting with an abuser may affect the victim. Instead, the focus is typically placed on the influence that an abuser may have the child (whether positive or negative). While this is not just expected, but also typically what is best for the child, there are scenarios in which that may not be the case. One prime example might be if the continued contact places the mother in serious physical danger and the anxiety of it is negatively affecting the child. In such situations, an appropriate strategy may be needed.

Type of Abuse Can Impact Co-Parenting

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Illinois divorce lawyersIt can be difficult to focus on the financial aspects of a divorce when your entire life has been turned upside down, but doing so can drastically improve the outcome of your case. In fact, couples who financially plan for their divorce are typically far more prepared for their single life. They also tend to adjust to their new life sooner than those who are ill-prepared. Learn more about planning for the money-related aspects of your divorce, and discover how an experienced attorney can help.

Pull Your Credit Report

Obtaining a copy of your credit report before a divorce can benefit you in two ways First, it can provide you with a clear picture of where you stand, on your own, outside of the marriage. Pulling your credit report can also reduce the chances of your spouse opening credit accounts without your knowledge and, in turn, minimize the chances that they will run up debt under your name. Should you spot anything suspicious after pulling your credit, report it to the credit bureaus and your attorney.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersDivorce can negatively impact all involved parties, but children are often the most vulnerable to serious and long-term effects. One of those possible effects is the emergence (or resurgence) of separation anxiety. Learn how to help your child deal with separation anxiety after divorce, and discover what an experienced attorney can do to assist.

Divorce and Separation Anxiety in Children

Although separation anxiety is most commonly associated with the toddler years, children of any age can experience it – especially if they are dealing with a difficult or traumatizing event. Death of a loved one, changes in their environment, and divorce are just a few examples. Most cases are minor and will resolve with time. However, more extreme cases may require the specialized assistance of a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

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Illinois divorce lawyersHistorically, experts have seen divorce as a negative childhood event. However, families and scientists are starting to find that this may not be entirely true. In fact, science has recently found that contention may be more of a factor in the development of certain childhood issues after a divorce and that contention can have a negative effect, even if a divorce does not occur.

Now science has made a new and equally interesting discovery. In previous studies, children of divorce were found to have a higher risk of divorce themselves. Experts have always considered that to be an environmental issue, but a new study suggests the effect could be genetic.

A Closer Look at the Study

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