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Wheaton divorce lawyersDivorce can be an emotionally painful process, and that can make it difficult to navigate through it without saying or doing something you will later regret. Thankfully, it is possible to reduce your risk of regret in a divorce, so long as you have the right knowledge, tools, and resources at your disposal. Learn more in the following sections, including why the assistance of a seasoned attorney is a critical element in your regret prevention plan. 

Prevent Unnecessary Financial Loss

Financial loss in divorce is an all-too-common (but highly preventable) issue - and while it may not seem all that worthy of regret, if severe enough, it can have long-term or even life-long repercussions. Retired and near-retired parties and women are considered to be at the highest risk for these losses, but men can experience them as well. A few ways to prevent them are to: 

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Wheaton divorce lawyersPets have increasingly become grounds for contention in divorce - so much so that many states (Illinois included) have begun to adopt laws regarding the “custody” of pets. Though they may be unable to entirely eliminate the issues that may arise in a high-contention pet custody case, these new laws give pet owners more power when advocating for their animal’s well-being. Learn more about how you can handle pet custody issues in both contentious and non-contentious divorces, and discover how the aid of a seasoned divorce attorney can help ease the entire process. 

Creating a Pet Custody Agreement 

Pets have become beloved family members for most Americans, and some couples treat them more like children than animals. Sadly, they cannot express their feelings or wishes during a divorce. Instead, the matter of custody is left up to the pet owners, and while the law does make provisions for custody, the guidelines are nowhere near as comprehensive as the ones for child-related matters. No “plan” exists. Owners must come up with their own. A few matters to consider when crafting yours might include:

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Wheaton divorce lawyersSome people believe that “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but deployed soldiers often have a different experience. They return home to find that their once loving and supportive spouse has grown cold and is seeking a divorce. Regardless of their reason, their decision can place servicemembers at serious risk - and not just financially. Emotional anguish, brought on by the grief of losing their spouse, could endanger their lives. Thankfully, it is possible to mitigate the issues. Learn more, including how a seasoned divorce attorney can assist with the process. 

Preparing for Divorce While Deployed

Divorce can be a complicated endeavor for any individual but deployed servicemembers often experience distinct disadvantages while trying to navigate the process. They may lack the communication options necessary for communicating with their attorney, and access to their bank account may be either limited or non-existent while overseas. In contrast, their spouses, who are usually stateside, may have unfettered access to the money, an attorney, and even the servicemember’s personal belongings. 

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Illinois divorce lawyersYou may have years, perhaps even decades until your retirement, but you are going through a divorce, the time to start thinking about your nest egg is now! Often one of the more valuable assets in a marital estate, retirement and pension accounts are the primary source of contention in approximately 60 percent of all high-conflict divorces. It is also one of the most complex assets to divide in divorce, and mistakes are both costly and exceedingly common. Learn how to avoid them, and discover what a seasoned divorce attorney can do to help.

Retirement Plan Types - Why It Matters

Not all retirement plans are the same, especially when it comes to dividing them in a divorce. Pension plans and 401K plans must be divided using a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). This document, though based on the details of your divorce decree, is actually separate from your agreement, and it should be treated as such. It is a specialized legal area - and not all divorce attorneys have experience with them, so be diligent in your search for one. 

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Wheaton divorce lawyersDivorce tends to go smoother when both parties are focused on ending things amicably. Unfortunately, the end of a marriage can stir up a number of strong, negative feelings (resentment, anger, rejection, etc.), which may cause some individuals to act out in ways that hurt the other party. What happens when they seem to be more focused on “getting even” than ending things in a peaceful manner, and how can you mitigate against the potential issues that may arise from their vengeful ways? The following information explains, and it provides details on how the assistance of a seasoned divorce attorney can help improve the final outcome of your Illinois divorce. 

Communicating with a Vengeful Spouse

One of the more difficult (but effective) ways that you can minimize conflict in a divorce is to change how you communicate with your spouse. Rather than engaging in conversations over the phone or in-person, consider switching to a written form of communication (text or email). Do not respond to baiting or hostile comments; they are nothing more than tactics to draw you in. Also, you should limit your responses to no more than one email or one set of text messages a day (even if your spouse sends you 20). Keep your language professional, and distance yourself from any conversation that is not directly related to your divorce or children. 

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