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chances of divorce, Douglas B. Warlick, Geneva divorce attorney, religious expectations, cohabitation before marriage, conservative states, liberal statesIs it possible that the state in which we live can impact our chances of divorce?

Many U.S. citizens may credit late journalist Tim Russert and his coverage of the Bush vs. Gore 2000 presidential election for providing us with a visual color by number representation of the electoral college. However, in all factuality, the first political map separating the states dates back to the 1880 presidential election, Garfield vs. Hancock.

Historian Susan Schulten discovered a census-based map printed to a 1883 atlas that clearly illustrates how the country was politically and theoretically segregated by “red state” and “blue state” long before the birth of animated network election coverage. Perhaps even more interesting, separating our nation as “red state” and “blue state” as a method to define religious and political viewpoints does not coincide with our previous notions of the interior division of our country.

Douglas B. Warlick, Kane County Divorce Attorney, reentering the job market, revise your resume, single moms, single working moms, working single mothers, working momsThere is no doubt that women significantly contribute to today’s workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, the American workforce is comprised of 127.1 million women and is only expected to increase. To further break down the demographic, single mothers, with children under 18 years of age, comprised 74.2 percent of mothers in the workforce in 2013. Married mothers ranked at 67.8 percent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics further defines working single mothers as women who never married or those working due to an absent spouse caused by separation, divorce or death.

Reentering the job market following a divorce may be difficult, especially after working as a stay-at-home mom for several years. However, consider the following suggestions as they may prove beneficial before starting a job search.

Keep Your Options Open

Douglas B. Warlick, Geneva family law attorney, Illinois divorce process, Illinois family law attorney, legal advocacy, qualified attorney, divorce adviceYou and your spouse mutually decided to separate, and your spouse opts to file the necessary paperwork with a qualified divorce attorney. Aside from the emotional turmoil this decision brought forth, you realize that you will need to follow suit and retain an Illinois divorce attorney as well. You also realize that you will soon become quite familiar with the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5). But aside from the legalities involved, there are a few simple steps you can take to retain your composure and let your qualified attorney take the lead. While retaining a knowledgeable Illinois family law attorney is your primary line of dissolution defense, there are a few general legal do’s and don’ts to remember as you move forward in the divorce process.

The Legal Do’s of Divorce

  • Retain an experienced matrimonial or family law attorney with the experience and knowledge of Illinois law. This is your best defense to protect your interests;

Geneva domestic violence attorneys, Orders of Protection, battered women, domestic violence, Illinois domestic violence lawyer Domestic violence is a large problem in our society today. According to Illinois State Police, a woman in the United States is beaten every 15 seconds. Victims of domestic abuse sometimes feel that there is no hope for their situations, but that is not the case. Fortunately, there are ways to end the destructive cycle of domestic violence, the most effective being an Order of Protection.

An Order of Protection is a legal order from a judge that contains ‘remedies” that order an abuser to take certain actions or prohibit an abuser from taking certain actions. If the abuser fails to follow the remedies, or carries out a prohibited act, he or she may be arrested.

There are three basic types of Orders of Protection. The first and least temporary of the three is known as an Emergency Order. These can be obtained based solely on a testimony to a judge. The judge is permitted to grant this order even without prior notice to the abuser or the abuser being present in court if it is apparent that you will be subject to more abuse if he or she is notified. These orders typically only last 14 to 21 days.

The next type of order is referred to as an Interim Order of Protection. These are a bit more permanent than the Emergency orders, lasting up to 30 days. A full court hearing is not necessary in order to be granted an Interim Order. However, it is true that the abuser must be given notification of the date of your court hearing. These orders are typically used during the time after an Emergency Order expires, before your full court hearing for a Plenary Order occurs.

[caption id="attachment_405" align="alignright" width="368"]Christine Attorney Doug Warlick and "Hear the Cheers" founder,Eliza Peters.[/caption]

Imagine growing up physically healthy, except unable to hear the world around you. The desire to learn, play sports and interact with other people through sound is strong, and there is a hearing device that can make that possible. Many insurance companies don't cover the $2,500 that it costs for a hearing device, and many are left without the chance to hear. Fortunately, a young girl has decided to help young deaf girls; a local community organization and individual have jumped in to support.

Sports lover Eliza Peters was born legally deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. Her family realized how much she wanted to be able to hear. After her father, John, arranged for her to have a surprise visit from ESPN’s Sarah Spain, Eliza decided that she wanted to help other deaf girls afford a hearing aid. Sarah Spain and Eliza Peters began a great friendship, and have created "Hear the Cheers", a charity. The charity, that is partnered with Chicago Hearing Society, is trying to raise $10,000 to provide funds to other girls whose families cannot afford hearing aids.

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