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How to parent long-distance after a divorce

Some divorced Illinois parents may find themselves living long-distance from their children for work or other reasons. While this can be difficult, there are many things parents can do to keep the bond strong.

First, parents should keep the focus on quality of visits over quantity. They may not be able to see their children as often, but when they do, they can make sure the time counts. One way to do this is by ensuring that the child remains the focus of the visit. If the parent is dating someone, this is probably not the time to introduce the child unless the relationship is serious. Even then, parents should spend most of their time alone with the child. Some children may prefer when parents come to visit them, and parents should talk to them about what their preferences are.

Relocating may be difficult with a custody order

Following your divorce, you likely went through a period of adjustment as you and your ex worked through the allocation of parental responsibility in your court order or child custody settlement. Whether this happened years ago or fairly recently, your primary concern was the wellbeing of your children as they became accustomed to their new reality.

It is possible that this was also a time of struggle for you. Perhaps you were far from your own family or were having difficulties financially. These or other factors may have led you to the decision to relocate with the children to another city or outside Illinois altogether. However, even if you have legal and physical custody, you may face some roadblocks in your plan if your ex refuses to consent to the move.

Protecting a business when an owner divorces

When business owners in Illinois decide to divorce, they could face even more serious financial consequences than people with other types of jobs. Many more people are exploring their potential through entrepreneurship and startup firms, especially in the tech sector. However, these small, closely held businesses can easily develop into a major marital asset. This is one reason why some investors require the startups they invest in to show that all the owners have signed prenuptial or postnuptial agreements that exclude the business from being divided in a divorce.

Divorce is almost always a costly process that involves some painful financial choices during property division. However, people can restructure their finances and support themselves to move forward. When a business is involved, the subject becomes more complicated. In some cases, the company may be divided between the spouses. Neither person may have the funds available to execute a buyout agreement, and both spouses may try to hang onto the company. This kind of conflict could lead to the sale of the business entirely. In some cases, it could have even worse outcomes when the firm suffers as a result of the owners' conflict.

How to tell a marriage may be on shaky ground

Getting a divorce can be a life-changing experience. Therefore, it is important that individuals truly want to end their marriages before they decide to get an attorney or file paperwork. Unfortunately, there is rarely a single sign that tells a person that it's time to get out of a relationship. Instead, there are generally a bunch of subtle indications that a marriage is not likely to work out in the long-term.

For instance, if a couple isn't having sex, or they don't have fun with each other, it could be a sign that they aren't interested in each other. In many cases, a lack of quality time together is caused by resentment or a lack of respect for each other. Talking poorly about a spouse to friends or family members also shows a lack of respect for that person.

Planning for the future after divorce

The period after a divorce can be challenging for many people in Illinois. The end of a long-term romantic relationship can be depressing and isolating, especially for the spouse who did not request the dissolution. People may struggle with depression and other mental health concerns as well as physical health issues. However, people can move forward after a divorce by keeping some key tips in mind. While the post-divorce period can be sad, it can also be an important period of growth and transition into a new future.

The support of family and friends can be important in getting through a divorce. People can confide in those closest to them about issues that may trouble them or even doubts about why their marriage came to an end. Those who feel like they cannot speak about more intimate issues may want to engage professional support by working with a therapist or other counselor to work through their concerns about their divorce and moving forward.

Millennials are using prenups to protect their assets

Millennials in Illinois and other states are increasingly interested in prenuptial agreements before they tie the knot. One study showed that over 60% of divorce attorneys saw an increase in their clients requesting prenuptial agreements. Those who were surveyed reported that over 50% of those who requested prenuptial agreements were millennial clients.

There are several reasons why millennials may be more interested in prenuptial agreements than past generations. One reason is that they want to protect their assets. In comparison to baby boomers and Generation Xers, millennials do not own as many concrete assets, like property, but they have made significant investments in startup businesses and the stock market. One report said that 7 in 10 millennials have participated in some type of investment.

How to help children when going through a divorce

When parents in Illinois get a divorce, the process and transition may be difficult for their children. However, how they behave toward one another and toward their children can make it easier. For example, parents should avoid arguing in front of their children. They should try to remain civil with one another, and if possible, they should take it a step further and try to plan one or two family nights together each month.

Research shows certain basic issues precipitate divorce

It can be difficult to have a successful marriage. For Illinois couples, challenges can sometimes grow so problematic that couples consider ending the marriage and getting a divorce. The reasons for divorce will inevitably vary, but there are certain basic issues that research shows precipitate many divorces. Understanding the warning signs is critical to making the decision to move forward with a divorce.

In a recent study, 2,371 people who had recent divorces were surveyed. On average, they were 45 years old; 44% began divorce proceedings on their own, 40% of their spouses initiated the divorce, and 16% decided jointly to end the marriage. Among participants, 40% did not have significant conflict while 29% said there was a great deal of conflict.

Creating a parenting plan as kids start back to school

As the school year gets underway, you may have new concerns for yourself and your children because of your recent divorce. Now, you will need to create a schedule that not only accommodates your kids' activities but that also stays in line with the child custody agreement you have with the other parent.

Creating a parenting schedule is not always easy, and each family has different details to consider. Though having a plan in place before school starts may seem ideal, you may want to maintain some flexibility because you may not know what your children's after school activities will include until after the school year begins.

How to keep a marital home

An Illinois home may be sold at the time of a divorce or a date that the couple deems to be appropriate. However, there are some instances in which keeping the home is a person's top priority. This may be the case even if an individual doesn't have children and simply wants the home due to its sentimental value. Determining how much the property is actually worth is the first thing that should be done.

Figuring out a home's value may influence whether a spouse wants to be bought out. Ideally, the house will only be sold to a spouse if that person can afford to purchase it at fair market value. Further complicating matters is the fact that a couple may not necessarily want to split the home on a 50/50 basis. It is also important to consider the cost of maintaining the property.

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