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Will County divorce ttorneyThere are many reasons why a couple may decide to end their marriage. Despite the negative stereotype of nearly half of all marriages ending in divorce, the rate for first time marriages is actually lower than what is usually portrayed in the media. The likelihood of a couple getting divorced depends on many factors, such as age, the length of the relationship, and the number of times a person has been married before, but the total percentage of marriages that end in divorce is closer to 40% than 50%. 

You may be considering divorcing your spouse because you two do not get along anymore, or because you are ready to move on to a different phase of your life. These are fairly common reasons why couples choose to end there marriage. However, there are other couples whose divorce was anything but ordinary: 

  • Money Hungry - A Californian woman ended her 25 year marriage after winning more than a million dollars playing the lottery. In an effort to keep her winnings for herself, 11 days after winning the money, she filed for divorce. The truth about her divorce filing was not revealed until two years later. Because she refused to disclose the winnings, the $1.3 million was awarded to her ex-husband. 
  • Asset Protection - Only four months after their marriage, a New York man divorced his new bride in secret while visiting the Dominican Republic. They went on to spend 22 happy years as an assumed married couple until the wife found out she was not listed as an owner on the deed to their home. When confronted, the man claimed it was to protect their assets, but she did not see it the same way and decided to legally divorce him in New York. 
  • Physical Deception - Days after their wedding, a man filed for divorce after seeing his 28- year-old wife without makeup for the first time while they were at the beach. The 34-year-old man claimed to be deceived by the cosmetics his bride applied. 
  • Letting it Go - A couple in Japan separated because of irreconcilable differences about the Disney animated film Frozen. The husband not liking the movie made his wife question who he really was as a person. She claimed anyone who could not understand the magic of the movie was not human. Days later, she moved from their shared residence and filed for divorce.

Contact a Will County Divorce Attorney

Getting a divorce is never simple, but certain circumstances can make the process extra complicated. No matter your reasoning for ending your marriage, an experienced divorce lawyer at Mevorah Law Offices LLC can guide you through the divorce process. Contact a Joliet, IL divorce attorney at 630-932-9100 for a free consultation. 

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Joliet divorce lawyersDivorce is an emotionally and financially complex process that affects around 800,000 Americans each and every year. Sadly, some studies estimate that, for those couples, net worth could be reduced by as much as 77 percent by the time the ink dries on their decree. Is that always the case though? Certainly not. In fact, those that plan and prepare effectively for divorce often fare better than those who do not. The following information can help you financially prepare for divorce.

Start by Taking an Honest Look at Your Debt

You often hear divorce help sites talking about how important it is to account for all of your assets. This is true, of course, but some fail to mention that you must also examine your debt. After all, debt is not going to simply disappear once the divorce is over. Instead, it will be distributed between you and your spouse, much like your assets. Yet, when it comes to debt, there are also some complexities that get in the way. For example, mortgages and other high amounts of debt may not be as easy to “split” because the lender or extender of credit may not be willing or able to remove one of you from the account.

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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. 

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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