Divorcing people have a variety of goals. Some are looking to escape a toxic relationship or a spouse that has been physically or financially unfaithful. Others are bored with their lives and looking for a fresh start. Still, others are simply looking for happiness away from their spouse. Regardless of the origin or motivation behind a divorce, many look to the divorce process to achieve … Continue reading DON’T CHASE THE ARSONIST: EMOTIONAL JUSTICE AND DIVORCE
In recognition of the World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day on June 1, I wanted to address some of the very real challenges for anyone divorcing a narcissist. According to psychcentral.com, over 158 million Americans suffer from narcissistic abuse. As a divorce lawyer of over 30 years, I have seen patterns of behavior in divorces involving narcissists. Regardless of the ultimate outcome, one thing is certain–a … Continue reading DIVORCING THE DEEP NARCISSIST: GET OUT OF THE BOILING POT!
Having a baby is a joyful period in a couple’s life. Yet, in cases of infidelity, abandonment, abuse, or irreconcilable differences between couples, divorce may be the only option. The pain of going through a divorce can leave anyone emotionally distraught, but with pregnancy, the situation gets complicated beyond imagination. If you are an expectant mother heading towards divorce, you have a lot on your … Continue reading Effective Strategies to Handle a Divorce during Pregnancy
Divorce is tough on kids; yet, research reveals effective co-parenting can help divorced couples raise independent and confident kids, thereby helping the family navigate future trials and tribulations. Conscious co-parenting can make your kids feel secure and assured of the love of both their parents, encouraging them to easily adjust to your marital split and the new living conditions. The hardest part of a divorce … Continue reading The Best Co-Parenting Advice for Divorced Couples
Introduction Under longstanding tax law, maintenance was tax deductible by the payer and taxable income to the recipient. By using maintenance, families could shift income from a higher earning spouse’s upper tax rate to the lower earning spouse’s often negligible tax rate. As a result, families had more cash available to divide as part of the divorce settlement. Due to recent changes in federal tax law, original … Continue reading Maintenance Merry Go Round: Further Changes to Illinois Maintenance Law
Regardless of their age, kids are the worst affected during a divorce. Statistics reveal, nearly 50 percent of all American kids witness their parental separation by the age of 16, affecting their physical and emotional state of mind. Sadly, when they are unable to cope with the stress, they display upsetting reactions of shock, gloominess, frustration, and anger. More often than not, divorcing couples become … Continue reading No Kidding: How to Talk to Children about Your Divorce
A divorce is one of the most stressful events in an individual’s life. Couples often experience mixed feelings of sadness, betrayal, depression, anger, and fear, forcing them to take certain actions, only to regret them at a later stage. If you are heading for a divorce, the emotional turbulence during this period can be very upsetting, leaving you in no state to make decisions in … Continue reading Headed for Divorce? Know What to Do and What to Skip
When divorce hits a family, every member of the house feels a terrible sense of loss and anxiety. This is more so in the case of kids who are confused about the dynamics of relationships and are tongue-tied when expressing their feelings. Scientific studies have shown that children exposed to parental conflicts are at a high risk of suffering from emotional and behavioral issues. Therefore, … Continue reading How to Help Your Kids Adjust to Your Divorce
Couples who want to end their marriage have two legal options – divorce and annulment. Both of these options have several similarities and dissimilarities. Let’s take a look at the two examples mentioned below – Case 1: You and your spouse got married six years ago. You have kids, joint bank accounts, and you also run a business together. However, lately, you realized your marriage … Continue reading What Is the Difference between a Divorce and an Annulment?