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Joliet divorce lawyersStudies have long touted that children with divorced parents are more likely to divorce themselves. However, new information suggests that parental conflict is the real culprit. In fact, children with divorced parents may have the same risk of divorce as children from low-conflict, non-divorcing families. In light of this, couples who are staying in a high conflict marriage "for the children" may wish to reconsider their decision. This may be especially true if their children seem to be especially sensitive to conflict within the home. 

Children Fare Better in Divorce Than High Conflict Families

Published in the journal, Marriage & Family Review, the study examined data on more than 1,200 American families to determine if children of divorce, or if children of high conflict marriages, were more likely to divorce later in life. Collected from 1987 to 2003, the data consisted of parental questionnaires on conflict within the marriage, confirmation regarding whether or not the marriage dissolved, and the relationship status of the adult child. All adult children were aged between 18 and 25 upon completion. 

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Will County divorce attorney, cohabitation agreementFor generations, the majority of both young men and women had the goal of meeting someone, getting married, and raising a family. However, statistics reveal that for many, that goal has changed a bit. Today, couples are choosing not to marry.

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that approximately 20 percent of adults age 25 years or older have never been married. In 1960, it was only 10 percent.

There are several common reasons cited as to why people choose not to get married, with one of the major ones being financial—people want to be financially stable before walking down the aisle.

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Will County divorce attorney, 529 Plan and divorceWhen parents of young children are divorcing, they are typically focused on immediate life issues—which parent will live with the children, where will the children spend holidays and school vacations, and who will pay for childcare? Frequently, one of the important matters that gets overlooked is how will the children’s college education be paid and who will “own” those college funding accounts.

Many families open a 529 plan—also referred to as a qualified tuition plans—to fund their child’s college education. These plans are operated either by the state or by certain educational institutions. There are certain tax advantages to these plans which make them attractive to parents.

If parents are divorcing, then one option is to freeze the account. There can be no more deposits made to the account, and funds are only allowed to be used for the education of the child of whom it was set up.

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Joliet family law attorney, child custody battle tipsDivorce is hard, no matter the circumstances. Not only does a divorce signify the end of a marriage, but the finality hits home over and over again as discussions and negotiations take place regarding assets and debts. Who gets the living room set? Who gets the good china?

Still, the hardest part of divorce involves a couple’s children and how parenting time is going to be divided. In the best cases, parents are able to come to an agreement and are able to work out a parenting plan, without the court’s intervention. Yet more often than not, the parents cannot agree and litigation becomes necessary. The decision rests in the family court judge’s hands.

No matter what the situation is, there are key factors that parents should keep in mind when they are facing a child custody battle and include the following:

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Joliet divorce attorney, college education and marriage successWe grow up hearing from both our families and our teachers that we need a college education in order to have a career, earn a good living, and provide well for our future. However, according to a recent study, a college education may also mean a better chance of having a successful marriage—especially for women.

Approximately half of first-time marriages in this country last for about 20 years. A study which was conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics found that women who have a college degree have an 80 percent chance of staying married beyond that 20-year mark.

The researchers took the data and used it to predict the probability of marriage success, much in the same way that researchers use data to predict life expectancy statistics. The data included men and women who were between the ages of 15 to 44 during the years 2006 through 2010.

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