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The country that outlawed divorce until 2004

3240037_S.jpgIf you think getting divorced in Illinois is complicated and time-consuming, be grateful that at least you live in a country where divorce is legal. Believe it or not, there are still a couple of countries on Earth where divorce is banned.

Until 2004, Chile was a part of that small handful of countries, according to Ozy. That's right; until 12 years ago, in Chile, it was not possible to divorce your husband or wife.

Is there pet custody in Illinois divorce law?

For parents getting divorced, often the most i10761672_S.jpgmportant and difficult thing to decide is what to do about the children. Sharing child custody means not getting to see your kids part of the time, but giving sole custody to one parent, with visitation rights to the other, can put a large burden on the custodial parent, and severely restrict the relationship the other parent has with his or her kids.

Then there are pets. For many couples, especially childless ones, the family dog, cat or other animal is family. Anyone who has ever had a beloved pet knows the love and attachment they feel toward their furry (or feathered, or scaly) companion. So it might be natural to assume that Illinois family law provides for "pet custody" arrangements after divorce.

4 of the strangest divorce stories ever

17623440_S.jpgWe love our clients, the vast majority of whom are reasonable people doing their best to get through a difficult situation. Unfortunately, one cannot always say the same thing about their exes, who may be driven by spite or immaturity instead of a desire to negotiate in good faith.

Still, the bizarre divorce stories recently published by the Huffington Post take the cake. The site asked family law attorneys for their strangest client stories. Here are some samples:

5 steps to ensuring your financial future after divorce

21163021_S.jpgPeople in Illinois who get divorced relatively young may not have that much in marital property to split up, but they are less likely to be established in their career. Meanwhile, people who divorce in their 40s, 50s or older may be better able to support themselves financially, but stand to lose a lot more in bank accounts, retirement accounts and real estate in the split.

Either way, getting divorced could mean adjusting to a new financial reality, at least temporarily. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to return yourself to financial comfort as quickly as possible. Here they are, as shared by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

U.S. military reports lowest divorce rate in 6 years

36086326_S.jpgReaders concerned about the divorce rate in the U.S. military will be interested to know that the rate has been trending downward for six years straight. The latest figures show that last year's divorce rate for service members dropped to 3 percent, down from 3.1 percent in 2014 and 3.7 percent in 2011.

It appears that the military is slowly recovering from the effects the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq had on marital stress. Military.com, reporting on the divorce figures, notes that the military divorce rate was just 2.6 percent in 2001, before the invasion of Afghanistan.

Reality star reportedly afraid to divorce her husband

35443086_S.jpgPeople who stay married despite being unhappy do so for a variety of reasons. They may believe they cannot afford to get divorced and live on their own. Many parents stay together "for the kids," on the assumption that the children would be devastated if their parents ever split up. Sadly, many people are victims of domestic violence and are afraid to leave.

Then there is socialite and reality television star Khloe Kardashian. She and her husband, former basketball star Lamar Odom, separated some time ago, but the spouses have yet to formally divorce. Odom, as readers may know, suffered a nearly fatal drug overdose in October. Though he has since recovered, the two have been spotted in public together, and rumor has it that Kardashian is reluctant to pursue the divorce for Odom's sake.

Small mistakes in a divorce settlement can have huge consequences

10162632_S.jpgReaching a divorce settlement can be a very complicated process. It can require compromise, negotiation, patience and a commitment to finding a solution that is in your best interests. On top of all the emotional and financial changes you are already adjusting to, the actual logistics of getting divorced can prove to be quite overwhelming.

In some cases this process can be so taxing and elaborate that you lose track of all the things you are supposed to do just to get that settlement finalized. You might misplace receipts, forget about a deadline or, as was the case for one man recently, neglect to sign a single piece of paper. Unfortunately, these seemingly small oversights can have considerable consequences.

4 ways divorce can affect your credit

5463219_S.jpgEvery adult needs to take care of their credit rating, if they plan on buying a house or obtaining a credit card. Many times, employers do a credit check when evaluating job seekers.

Besides whether you pay your bills on time, one thing that can affect your credit rating is getting divorced. While divorce can be expensive, it can also lower -- or raise -- your rating in several ways.

How do I keep nonmarital property separated?

As we have discussed before in this blog, w36577933_S.jpghen a Missouri couple gets divorced, most property they own gets equitably divided between them. But only "marital" property, or property legally considered to belong to both spouses, is subject to division. Non-marital property, or things that belong to one spouse alone, goes to that spouse solely.

The obvious question, then, is how do we tell the difference between marital and non-marital property? Most of us have a bank account before we get married, and some people have a highly substantial amount of money saved up. But after getting married, it is common for spouses to open a joint checking account.

How military law views divorce

10810970_S.jpgThough a career in the military can carry many benefits, it does not make you immune from divorce. Statistics suggest that the divorce rate among service members is slightly lower than among civilians. Nevertheless, people in the military do get divorced.

Divorce is a civil law matter, not a military law one. However, military law does have some (arguably archaic) laws that attempt to control service members' private lives. Technically, a soldier or Marine getting divorced can find him- or herself running afoul of military law when they are simply trying to move on from a failed marriage.