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What you need to know about trial divorce

Saying goodbye to a marriage might have been a choice you made long before the final signature on your divorce decree. But not all divorces are an easy exit into a new and unattached life. Sometimes, the way out is filled with legal obstacles and flying debris of disagreement with the other party. In other words, you may be facing a trial divorce. It is the most contentious type of divorce to go through.

Not every divorce can be amicable

Both print and internet media are full of stories regarding the benefits of a friendly parting of the ways at the end of a marriage. In fact, many Illinois couples may feel compelled to try to work things out amicably because of all the hype. It is true that people tend to end up with better settlements and more satisfactory experiences when the divorce is amicable, but not every couple has the luxury of making this choice.

Will you consider virtual visitation in your Illinois divorce?

Most Illinois parents would agree that the job of raising children comes with plenty of challenges and plenty of joy. When parents divorce, they may struggle to find a way to deal with the added obstacles of parenting from two different households. In many cases, even an amicable split does not allow one parent to spend as much time with the children as he or she would like.

What may your finances look like after an Illinois divorce?

Unless you will be getting a 30 percent raise anytime soon, you will more than likely be facing a different financial landscape now that your marriage has ended. As you work through the issues involved in your Illinois divorce, you may benefit from a thorough review of your current financial situation versus what it will be post-divorce. You may need to ask yourself numerous questions before you begin making requests regarding property division and support issues.

Give your parenting plan the best start possible after a divorce

Like many other Illinois parents, you decided to work with your soon-to-be former spouse in order to continue raising your children. You decided that despite the divorce, your children deserve to have both parents in their lives. Now all you need to do is come up with a plan that gives you the best possible chance of succeeding as co-parents. Should be easy, right? Perhaps not, but it will be worth it.

Consider the insurance needs of the parties in a divorce

With all of the issues that require resolution when an Illinois marriage ends, it could be easy to miss the need to deal with insurance issues. Car insurance and health insurance are just two types of insurance that require consideration in a divorce. Each party needs to consider the fact that they may go from combined policies to individual policies, which could cost more.

What happens to an inheritance in a divorce?

Either before or during  marriage, many Illinois residents receive inheritances from loved ones who passed away. They might not want to consider what would happen to that windfall during a divorce, but it is something to consider. There may be exceptions to the general rule that assets received as an inheritance are not subject to distribution during the divorce process.

Should you prepare for divorce before getting married?

Broaching the subject of a prenuptial agreement may not be on the to-do list when planning a wedding. Few Illinois residents want to talk about the possibility of getting a divorce while picking out flowers and tasting cakes for the wedding, but perhaps they should. Before bringing up the prospect of a prenup, it might be useful to know its benefits.

Is child support part of your divorce? Here's what to expect

Nearly every parent in Illinois recognizes that a responsibility to financially support one's children, at least until the age of majority. However, when it comes to dealing with the issue of child support, the tension can rise between the parties. Even in an amicable divorce, this issue can be divisive.

Affleck and Garner: The poster couple for amicable divorce?

During their two-year separation, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner continued to care for their children as a couple and even took vacations together as a family. Now that they officially filed for divorce, everyone is expecting it to be just as amicable. Couples here in Illinois and elsewhere might consider following their example and avoid a traditional adversarial divorce.

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