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Illinois divorce lawyersAll across the country, people are staying indoors and away from others to minimize their exposure to coronavirus. Stay orders and full-on quarantines literally force couples into all-day one-on-one time. This constant, forced interaction can further inflame underlying issues for those who were already on the edge and barely holding onto the shreds of their marriage. 

Data suggests this issue is already causing a spike in divorce inquiries. Now the question becomes whether couples should move forward with their cases or wait it out to see if they can resolve matters once the quarantine is over.

Working Marital Issues Out While Under Quarantine

Marital issues can feel more pronounced when you are forced to interact with one another all day long. While couples under quarantine are unable to change their circumstances, there are some strategies that can be used to help your marriage - even in its current state. 

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Wheaton divorce attorneysA divorce significantly impacts your relationship, but it will equally affect your financial status. Before delving into the dissolution of marriage, get your finances in order. While it is wise and efficient to do this together, it is not always possible. Regardless, it is essential that your financial status is preserved.

Understanding Uncontested and Contested Divorce

First, it is imperative that you understand the difference between an uncontested and contested divorce.

  • Uncontested: The uncontested divorce is where each party is in mutual agreement of the terms of the divorce. 
  • Contested: When the two parties cannot agree on the terms, the divorce is contested.

You probably have a good idea of whether your divorce will be uncontested or contested. Now that you understand contested and uncontested divorce, you can start compiling documents and get your finances in order through the following steps.

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Illinois divorce lawyersDivorce can be a costly endeavor - especially for those in complex situations. There are ways to reduce the costs associated with an Illinois divorce, but be wary of the option you choose. Online divorce services, often used by divorcing parties who wish to cut costs and simplify the process, can actually cause more harm than good. Learn more about the risks of using an online divorce service, and discover how our seasoned divorce lawyers can improve the outcome in your case. 

Online Divorce Services - Not So Simple 

When performing an internet search for divorce services, parties are likely to come up with a wide array of options. Online services, where legal paperwork is completed and then returned to the paying client to file, are usually toward the top. They claim to offer a “simple” but “affordable” way to complete a divorce. For many, the price seems too good to pass up. 

Sadly, there are many who have pursued such options, only to find themselves in the midst of chaos. That “simple” service turns out to be frustrating, confusing, and in some cases, a complete scam. As an example, consider the recent news coverage of an online divorce service that took money from clients, promising to provide completed paperwork. Some never received their completed paperwork at all. Others say the documents were riddled with errors - to the point that they simply could not use them to file for their divorce. 

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DuPage County divorce attorneysThe decision to divorce is a highly personal one - and far from simple. There might be years of happy memories that are difficult to let go of, despite how difficult things have been lately. Perhaps there are children involved, and like most parents, you are worried about how a divorce might affect them. Add in any number of the other possible variables that occur in a divorce (domestic abuse, financial disadvantages, disability, etc.), and divorce may no longer seem like an option. For others, staying in an unhappy or toxic situation might begin to seem preferable to the complex and often lengthy process of a divorce. 

Thankfully, neither scenario needs to occur, as there are options for even the most difficult situations. Of course, before one can actively seek out solutions for their situation, they must first come to terms with it. Look for these five signs in your marriage. If you have noticed any of them, it may be time to decide if divorce could be the next best step in your life. 

1. Your Partner Refuses to Seek Treatment

Relationships of all types can fail, but those that involve addiction, abuse, mental health issues, or severe illness tend to have a much higher rate of failure. Sadly, if your spouse refuses to seek treatment for any of these issues, your risk of divorce increases even further. The reasoning for this is simple: one can only live inside a toxic situation for so long. Either you leave the relationship or things or accept that things may get worse - possibly to the point of implosion. 

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DuPage County divorce lawyersWhen the clear and inevitable path for a marriage becomes a divorce, the parties are encouraged to carefully contemplate their next steps, as many of the impending decision impact the direction, dynamics, and outcome of the case. As an example, one might consider both the positive and negative consequences of being the first one to file for divorce. By doing this, parties can decide whether they should take swift action and file right away, or if they should or can wait to file (knowing that their spouse may file first) because it is a better strategy for their unique situation. 

The Pros and Cons of Being the First to File for an Illinois Divorce

Filing first for a divorce can lead to both positive and negative consequences for the deciding party. By weighing them out, cognitively, and not allowing yourself to be emotionally-driving in your decisions, you can take a major step toward improving the outcome of your case. 

The Pros of Filing First - Filing for the divorce first means having the time to carefully select your divorce team. By filing first, you also give yourself more time to gather all the documents you need, perhaps with an added bonus: a decreased risk of hidden assets or missing financial paperwork.

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Wheaton divorce attorneysAlthough the divorce rate has been steadily dropping over the last two decades, statistics indicate that about 43 percent of all married couples are still deciding to call it quits. Many factors can influence the chances that a couple will ultimately make this decision, including the education level and income of the parties and the number of children they have. Now a new cohort suggests that a person’s chosen career path may also increase their risk of a divorce. 

How Career Paths May Influence the Risk of a Divorce

Scientific studies have examined various factors that can increase a person’s risk of divorce, but until the recent study from Stockholm University, no one had really considered how work might impact marital relationships. Yet, this is where people tend to spend most of their time, which is exactly why the authors decided to fill this gap. They examined data on hundreds of thousands of Danes, looking for links between employment and divorce. Ultimately, they determined that more mates at work tended to increase the risk of divorce, but the complete data is actually a little more complex. 

Industries that are dominated by men (i.e. construction) had the lowest rate of divorce for men, but women in these same fields were more likely to end their marriage than those in female-dominated industries (such as nursing). Likewise, women had a lower rate of divorce in female-dominated industries than men. However, the increased risk of divorce in opposite-gender fields seemed to impact men more than women. The lowest risk of divorce for both genders seemed to be in industries where there were few co-workers to speak of (i.e. librarians, farmers, etc.), while the highest risk was associated with industries where there were not just multiple co-workers, but an intense need for social interaction and a high concentration of both males and females (i.e. hotels, restaurants, etc.). Scientists say that, based on these results, it is the exposure to potential mates in the workplace that is increasing the risk of divorce. 

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Wheaton divorce lawyersWhen it comes to divorce, parties often wonder when is the best time to file. Some make their decision based on circumstance (i.e they are fighting more frequently). Others base it on emotion (which some believe to be the driving factor behind the peak divorce times each year). While neither is necessarily “wrong,” they are not the best determining factor for determining when to file. Learn what determining factor may give you the best possible chance at a favorable outcome in your Illinois divorce, and discover how a seasoned attorney can help you prepare for the process. 

Basing Your Decision on Financial Standing 

The end of a marriage can be emotional and tumultuous, but basing your decision on emotional and circumstantial factors alone can leave you (and your spouse) at risk for financial devastation. Part of this can be attributed to the divorce process itself, which is financial, rather than emotional or fault-based. Having a one-income household or being in the dark about your financial situation can further exacerbate the problem. Thankfully, if you base your decision more on your financial standing and readiness, rather than other factors, you can mitigate many of the money-related risks that are commonly associated with a divorce. 

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Wheaton divorce attorneysWhen people talk to their friends about the possibility of divorce, they are often encouraged to be the first to file. The reason for this is the purported advantage that petitioners hold during the process – but is this advantage even real, and if so, do you necessarily lose it if you are not the first to file? Learn more about being the first to file for divorce, including when it may be appropriate and how an experienced attorney can guide you through the process.  

Is the Advantage Real?

Although there are some circumstances in which one should be the first to file, filing first does not necessarily give one an advantage in the divorce. Both parties are considered equal in the courtroom, and it is factors that dictate decisions made by a judge, not who filed first. For example, filing first may not gain you any extra time with your children in your parenting plan. However, as previously mentioned, there are certain situations in which one really should file first – or, at the very least, the moment they realize that divorce is imminent.

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DuPage County family law attorney, testify under oathWhen considering filing for divorce, many people get nervous about when they think about the possibility of having to testify in court. While most divorce cases settle long before trial, testifying as part of the divorce case may be required.

When You May Have to Testify

There are typically three occasions when you may have to testify in a divorce case and they include the following:

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