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attorney, divorce lawyer, Illinois Divorce AttorneyUnder the best of circumstances, divorce is a difficult process. There are many considerations to be made and legal concerns to be addressed, all in the midst of a whirlwind of emotion related to the breakdown of a relationship. As you head toward divorce, you have probably been encouraged by friends and family to seek the services of an attorney to help you through the process and you may have even received recommendations on which lawyer to hire.

The attorney you choose can certainly have a great impact on the outcome of your divorce, as well as your experience during the proceedings. Your decision should be based on your own research and your comfort level with an individual lawyer’s answers to the questions you may have, including:

How Much Experience Do You Have in Divorce Cases?

happy wife, happy life, marriage, divorce, lawyer, attorney, Illinois, family lawyerA new research study released by the University of Chicago appears to have upset the proverbial marital apple cart as compiled data indicates that the husband is the key player in maintaining a happy marriage and avoiding divorce court.

The recent study, published to the Journal of Marriage and Family supports that husbands maintaining a positive outlook reported lower levels of conflict in the marriage while the wife's outlook on life had very little impact on the union. Wives reported increased conflict issues when their husband or partner is in poor health but data suggests that when the wife is experiencing health issues there is little to no change in the quality of the marriage.

Lead author, James Iveniuk, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology cited these results after interviewing over 900 married couples with at least 40 years of wedded bliss. The data was comparative to gender characteristics to detect a change in how we view marital partnerships. The findings also concluded that when couples are critical of each other, the apple cart may topple, leading to discontent or even divorce.

adoption, adoption lawyer, Geneva family lawyer, Illinois adoption, lawyer, attorneyWinter has broken and Spring has sprung. It is so nice out that you decide to pack up your two year old and head to the neighborhood park. It seems as if everyone had the same idea. The park is packed and you recognize your neighbor Lindsay with a toddler within watchful reach. You vaguely remember that Lindsay and Jack were considering adoption last Fall and it appears that the adoption process went well.

 You would like to approach her so your toddlers can enjoy the sunshine together but a little trepidation of how to approach the situation is holding you back. Contemplating on how to initiate the conversation crosses your mind as Lindsay waves a hello in your direction.

As you stroll over, toddler in tow, you are still wondering how to bring up such a personal choice as adoption without appearing intrusive. Luckily for others, Parents Magazine recently published an article on adoption etiquette by Wesley C. Davidson from American Baby. Davidson suggests the following questions and remarks should not find their way into the conversation.

Illinois same sex marriage, marriage laws, your rights, Illinois, family lawIn November 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved same-sex marriage legislation by a narrow vote of 61 to 54 with the Illinois Senate following suit with a vote of 32 to 51. As Governor Pat Quinn placed pen to paper, Illinois became the 16th state to recognize same sex marriage effective June 1, 2014.

For the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, this has been a welcomed victory, but one Illinois business owner will not join in the celebration.

According to a recent article by the Huffington Post, Jim Walder, owner of the TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast located near Paxton, Illinois strongly stated he will not be advertising  destination wedding packages to the members of the LGBT community.

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 Kane County divorce attorney imageCan you recall that saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”? A new study suggests that there is a link between hardships a person has overcome and future strength. Researchers found that overcoming adversity and going through challenging experiences was linked with increased ability to enjoy happier moments in the future. If you’re considering divorce, it’s likely that you’re concerned about the emotional toll this event might take on you. Being able to move on with your life, however, may actually be better for you in the long run and allow you to live a happier life.

Psychology researchers at the University of British Columbia believe that coming to terms with difficult events, like divorce, can actually allow you to better appreciate “savored moments” in the future. In order to discover this, nearly 15,000 individuals from ages 15 to 90 were surveyed about their experiences in adverse situations. Participants also went through the process of tendency to savor special moments (such as a bubble bath). Those were overcome significant obstacles had a better ability to appreciate special moments in the future, leading researchers to conclude that there might be a silver lining towards going through struggle if it’s truly the best thing for you in the end.

This follows a stream of research that’s exploring whether having “bad days” or bad experiences can actually allow individuals to appreciate the good ones more. Looking through the tunnel at a possible divorce, you might be feeling like nothing but emotional trauma is ahead. Healing and time can do a great deal towards helping you move on with your life is divorce is the best course of action for you. It might even allow you to savor life’s moments even more! If you’d like to talk about your next course of action for a divorce, please contact an Kane County divorce attorney today.

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