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your name, changing your name, Illinois Divorce attorneysAlmost every divorce brings with it a large number of important concerns, including child custody, visitation, child support, and division of marital property. Other considerations may not seem quite so critical, but can have a larger-than-expected impact on the life of a divorcing individual. As a woman going through a divorce, you may be, in fact, dealing with one of these issues in particular. Specifically, you may be wondering if changing your name back to your maiden name after divorce is a good idea.

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage act provides the opportunity to restore a previous name, including a maiden name, for any woman whose marriage is dissolved under law. According to the statute, such a provision may be included in the divorce decree upon her request. Although the legal process of changing your name is not terribly difficult, deciding whether or not to do so is an entirely different matter.

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes changing your name. There is only what is right for each person. Many women, however, consider many similar issues in their decision-making process, including:


romantic movie, romantic comedies, Illinois family law attorneyMarital and family experts offer a wide variety of advice on how to improve a marriage and to make divorce less likely. Interestingly, however, recent findings suggests that marital stability can possibly be found in a surprising source. It turns out that modeling life after the movies may be just the thing to save your relationship.

According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Rochester and UCLA, "newlywed couples who watched romantic films together were at a decreased risk for divorce." The research team divided 174 participant couples into four groups that received different levels of couples’ therapy. Two of the groups underwent intensive counseling, focusing on relationship skills, while a third group was given relationship awareness counseling. The last group served as a control, and did receive any counseling.

The study took place over three years. Couples undergoing relationship awareness counseling were instructed to watch romantic comedies together and then talk about the themes presented in the films. At the end of the study, couples that had undergone relationship awareness therapy and watched the films had a comparable and slightly lower rate of separation than couples in structured counseling groups. 13.3 percent of couples that had watched the films had separated compared to 13.4 percent of couples in counseling groups.  Just less than 25 percent of couples that underwent no counseling at all had separated.


out of state, child removal, Illinois child custody attorneyYou can not be expected to live in Illinois forever. Maybe you will, but it is also possible that an opportunity in another state will arise that you just cannot refuse. Under most circumstances, packing up and moving for such an opportunity is easy. When you have a child subject to a custody agreement, however, it can become much more difficult.

Your child needs to spend time and maintain a relationship with both of his or her parents. The court recognizes these needs and creates child custody agreements around them, allowing both parents time with their child. This is codified in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act as it pertains to child custody. If you wish to move out of state with your child, you may face opposition from the other parent. An experienced family attorney can work with you to demonstrate to the court that a move in your child&s best interest.

Opposition to an Interstate Move


no-fault divorce, irreconcilable differences, Kane County Family Law AttorneyHave you reached the point in your marriage where you have done everything you can do? Communication has broken down and is has become clear that you and your spouse are no longer happy together. You may have considered the idea of divorce but thought you did not have a valid reason to file. Your spouse is not abusive, did not cheat, and does not have issues with drugs or alcohol, so you might be thinking that divorce is not really an option. Illinois law, however, provides for the possibility of a no-fault divorce that just might address your particular situation.

It is relatively safe to assume most people realize that state law permits a court to grant a divorce in cases with justifiable grounds. Such grounds include adultery, physical or mental abuse or cruelty, substance abuse, impotence, conviction of a serious crime, and abandonment, among others. Some may not know, however, that the law also provides a mechanism for dissolving a failed marriage, even in the absence of negative actions or behaviors.

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act permits a divorce to be granted on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences," as long as certain criteria has been met:


Divorce and women, benefits, Kane County Family Law AttorneyAlthough plenty of research and countless Hollywood movies have explored the negative aspects of divorce, there may be benefits to being divorced. If the decision is right for you, you might experience some of these benefits after deciding to move forward with the divorce process. Despite your struggles and efforts to save your marriage, you may find your post-divorce life offers more than you realized.

Being Happier

During and after your divorce, you will certainly experience a range of emotions , but taking this step can actually lead to greater long term happiness. Recent research from Kingston University in London found that women reported higher levels of personal happiness for up to five years after the end of the marriages. The pressure of frequent arguing or the emotional burden of a deteriorating relationship can be devastating to personal happiness, and divorce may help facilitate a brighter future.


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divorce, second marriage, Lombard Divorce AttorneyDespite how it may feel at the time, life does not end with divorce. Over time most divorced individuals will put their lives back together and eventually be ready to mingle and date again. In fact, numbers from around the country show that a larger number than ever before are even willing to give marriage another chance.

Currently in the United States, four out of ten new marriages involve at least one previously married spouse and half of those are marriages in which both spouses had been married before. Based on data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Pew Research Center reports that remarriages have been on the increase for many years and have reached an all-time high.

Several social and demographic factors seem to be contributing to the historic rise in the rate of remarriage. Most obviously, the rate of divorce and social acceptance of remarriage in the last few decades has resulted in an ever-growing number of divorced Americans ready and able to walk down the aisle again. Additionally, as the age and life-expectancy of the American population trend upward, "people simply have more years in which to make, dissolve, and remake unions," says Gretchen Livingston, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center.

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