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Wheaton divorce lawyersDeciding whether to sell the family home is one of the biggest and most difficult decisions that a couple must make during an Illinois divorce. On the one hand, there may be memories attached to the home (which can be both a positive and a negative), and some parties may face challenges when trying to find a place of their own because they have been financially reliant upon their spouse. On the other hand, parties must be practical about their situation, which requires them to examine the pros and cons of either selling their home or keeping it. 

Taking the First Steps

Before making any decisions, parties are encouraged to first determine the house’s value through an appraisal. Then determine what the home will cost the party who keeps it (be sure to include HOA fees, insurance, and upkeep in your assessment). Once armed with this information, parties can then decide whether keeping the home is a financially sound decision, or if it may end up being too cost-prohibitive for them. (Note that financial advisors discourage consumers from spending more than 25 percent of their total income on their home.) 

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Wheaton divorce lawyersMoney can be one of the leading sources of contention when a couple goes through a divorce, but statistics also indicate that it is also one of the biggest stressors in a marriage. In fact, there are five bad money habits that can almost predict whether a couple will call it quits. Learn what they are, and discover how a seasoned divorce lawyer can help protect your assets if you are planning to pursue an Illinois divorce. 

Hiding Money in Your Marriage

Everyone enjoys having a little spending money of their own, but if you are not telling your spouse a bank account, savings account, or cash, you could be in some serious trouble. Not only does this hiding of money create resentment and break trust within your marriage, it may also be perceived as intentional financial abuse or asset hiding in your divorce. As a result, you could stand to lose far more than you were trying to hide. 

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DuPage County prenuptial agreement lawyersCouples do not usually enter a marriage with the intention of someday divorcing, but statistics indicate that just a little under half of them do. It is that high rate of divorce (and the potential losses that may ensue because of one) that is causing many millennials to take preventative steps.  One of the most crucial is the drafting of a prenuptial agreement. Unfortunately, these documents cannot cover every aspect of your marriage, and there is always the risk that one (or all) of the terms will not hold up in court. Learn how to “bulletproof” your prenuptial agreement, and discover how a seasoned family law attorney can assist you with the process. 

Starting Your Marriage with Transparency

Honesty and transparency are the cornerstones of a healthy marriage, and a prenuptial agreement can help you incorporate these qualities into your marriage, early on. Of course, you can attempt to hide or inflate your wealth in a prenup, but it is never wise - and not just because it is dishonest or deceptive. By not disclosing any wealth you have, or by intentionally inflating it, you can completely void your prenuptial agreement. As a result, your document may not be honored in court, and you may lose even more of your assets through penalties from the court. Avoid this prenuptial agreement mistake by ensuring you are honest about all the assets you have and expect to earn in the future, and always be transparent with your spouse about losses and gains that occur over the course of your marriage. Also, ensure you avoid any inadvertent mistakes by talking to a lawyer about your assets prior to the creation of your prenup. 

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DuPage County child advocacy lawyersWhile a Guardian Ad Litem may not be necessary in every divorce case, they are sometimes needed to ensure that the best interests of children are preserved during proceedings. Should you request one, and how do you deal with it if your spouse or the courts have brought on into your Illinois divorce case? The following information explains, and it provides information on how a seasoned divorce lawyer can assist with the process.

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

Guardian Ad Litems are court-appointed unbiased third parties that look out for children in legal proceedings, such as divorce. They do not take sides. Instead, they interview all involved parties along with other individuals in the child’s life (i.e. teachers, grandparents, etc.). They then make a recommendation to the court, based on the evidence they have found. Mostly, they are looking for signs of abuse or neglect that could potentially endanger the child, and they make recommendations to protect the child from such issues.

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Wheaton divorce lawyersDivorce can spark feelings of grief, even in people who are fully prepared to end their marriage. Sadly, it is often those who initiate divorce who are not prepared for the emotional pain that often accompanies the process, and that can place them at a significant disadvantage during the legal proceedings of their case. Avoid this issue by learning how you can cope with grief during your Illinois divorce, and discover how a seasoned divorce attorney can help to ease the process. 

Understanding Why Grief Occurs 

Even when you are the initiator in a divorce, grief may occur. Sometimes it is because parties feel like the end of their marriage as a failure. Other times, it is because there are children involved, and seeing them in pain can be emotionally painful. Still, there are situations in which no obvious reason can be found. Instead, the parties may simply feel this overwhelming sense of guilt, sadness, or remorse over the way things ended. Perhaps it is because the party did not want their marriage to end, but they had to come to terms with the fact that it was no longer healthy or productive, or maybe they grew out of the relationship but still care deeply for their spouse. Whatever the case, the grief must be dealt with in a healthy way. Otherwise, the party may end up saying and doing things that are out of character or that could sabotage their proceedings. 

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