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Illinois divorce attorneysDivorce is not something that couples typically think about on the day of their marriage. Yet, each year, thousands of couples decide to end their relationship. Many consider this process to be a painful one, full of grief and loss, but it is also the end of a legally binding contract. As such, the decisions that are made over the duration of a divorce can have a lasting impact on the lives of all involved parties, including any children they share. 

Thankfully, when divorcing parties choose to deal with the pain and stress of divorce in a healthy way, they tend to make more well-informed and carefully thought-out decisions. As a result, the long-term impact that divorce has on their lives, and the lives of their children is minimized. Learn how you can do this during your Illinois divorce, and discover the role that a seasoned divorce attorney plays in that process. 

Changing Your Perspective on the Process of Divorce

The feelings that tend to accompany divorce may be real and valid, but parties who can see them as a different element of the process tend to fare better than those who allow emotion to cloud their decisions. Divorce - the legal process of it - is more like a business transaction, and every decision that is made can significantly alter your life, your spouse’s life, and the lives of your children. 

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DuPage County family law attorneysDivorce rates for the American population have been on the decline for several years now, but until recently, no one really understood why. After an analysis from the University of Maryland, experts believe the decline can be directly attributed to the millennial generation. However, it is not just the divorce rate that this demographic is influencing; they are also doing marriage very differently than their predecessors. Learn more in the following sections, including how a seasoned family law attorney can help you protect your marriage, should a divorce ever occur, or assist you in pursuing a favorable outcome in a pending Illinois divorce case. 

Millennials and Marriage

The institution of marriage was once a way of life, what was expected of younger people when they left home. Sadly, those marriages often ended in divorce, either because the parties faced irreconcilable differences or simply decided that they were no longer happy or compatible. Some of those divorcees eventually remarried again; a fair percentage of those marriages also ended in divorce. Millennials are doing things a little differently. Many are waiting until they have an education and career in place before tying the knot - if they decide to do it at all. As a result, they are inherently less likely to divorce. Millennial couples are also signing prenuptial agreements at an almost unprecedented rate, which is helping to protect parties if a divorce does later occur. 

Millennials and Divorce

Although divorce has risen for some of the population (particularly those aged 55 or older), millennials are divorcing at a much lower rate than previous generations. Experts say that part of this could be attributed to their waiting so long to marry, but there are likely other factors at play as well. Higher education and income levels are common among married millennials; both have long been associated with a lower risk of divorce. Much of the poorer population is deciding to cohabitate, rather than marry, which is making it more of an institution for the “elite.” Some may see this as a negative, but there are some benefits - so long as the cohabitating parties have taken steps to protect themselves, should the couple decide to call it quits (i.e. establishing parentage for any shared children, having a cohabitation agreement that addresses how assets, leases, and other aspects of separating will be handled, etc.). 

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Illinois divorce attorneysStudies suggest that divorce can have a negative impact on one’s health. The risk could be even greater for divorcing individuals nearing retirement, especially if they are already struggling with health issues. Thankfully, there are ways that divorcing parties can protect their health, even at an advanced age. Learn more in the following sections, including how the assistance of a seasoned attorney may help to further mitigate the risk of health issues during and after your divorce. 

How Divorce Can Impact Your Health

Divorce is one of the more stressful life events that one can endure. Sadly, all that stress can have devastating effects on the health of divorcing individuals. In fact, science has long associated bouts of extreme and prolonged stress with health complications like weight gain, depression, anxiety, and ulcers. Recent studies have even linked extreme and prolonged stress to an increased risk of heart disease, and some health experts believe it can even increase one’s risk of developing cancer and other insidious diseases.

Women are thought to be at an especially high risk for heart problems after a divorce, and they may also be more likely to experience post-divorce depression and anxiety. They are also more likely to experience financial issues during and after a divorce, which can further increase stress levels. As such, women nearing retirement may want to ensure they work especially hard to protect their health in any way possible, both during and after the divorce process. 

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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 attorneysDivorce can bring out the worst in people. In fact, some spouses are willing to go so far as to illegally hide money from their spouses to keep more for themselves. This act, known as asset hiding, can leave one party financially disadvantaged - and not just during and immediately after the divorce. The impact of asset hiding in a divorce can last a lifetime. Thankfully, disadvantaged parties do have the law on their side, and if appropriate measures are taken, they can still obtain a fair settlement during their divorce. 

The Law and Hidden Assets in Divorce 

Under Illinois state law, any assets acquired during the marriage are considered part of the marital estate. If the couple goes through a divorce and no prenuptial document is in place, the total value of those assets is calculated. The entire marital estate is then distributed “equitably,” or fairly between the parties. Fair holds a different meaning for everyone, however, which is why spouses sometimes attempt to hide money during the divorce process. 

As an example, consider the spouse with a young but growing company. They may have achieved their success because their partner stayed home to care for their toddler, but once the divorce proceedings start, they may begin to feel as though the stay-at-home parent is not entitled to that money because they did not financially contribute to the couple’s marital estate. As such, the spouse may attempt to hide some of the money from their spouse. The law may see things differently, however. The courts might consider the stay-at-home parent’s time with the children as a non-financial contribution that entitles them to a portion of the business’s earnings. 

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