We referenced the wide world of divorce advice in our immediately preceding blog post (please see our October 22 entry), noting that it ranges widely from truly inane and useless writings to quite perceptive reflections and tips for surviving -- even thriving throughout -- the process.
The quick and unequivocal answer to the question posed in the above headline is that, yes, Illinois law does recognize no-fault divorce. In fact, every state in the country has a no-fault scheme enabling would-be divorcing parties to proceed with a marital dissolution without the need to prove wrongdoing on the part of one party as a prerequisite to a judicial order granting divorce.
The negative effects of divorce on the family are well-documented. Depression is four times more prevalent in divorced people, while the children of divorced couples don't do as well in school and have higher drop-out rates than their peers with married parents, according to the National Institutes of Health. Here's one statistic that isn't quite so bleak: 46 percent of people surveyed in Credit.com's 2014 Marriage, Divorce & Credit Survey said their credit scores actually increased after divorce. It's the tedious process of separating finances and re-establishing an individual credit profile that makes getting your own mortgage more difficult after marriage. If you're trying to get a home loan after divorce, we'll help you make sense of the process.
The phenomenon of baby-boomer divorce has been often noted and expounded upon in recent years by family law commentators, with this salient fact often being pointed out: Whereas the divorce rate across the country seems to generally be in decline these days, it has spiked sharply for the boomer crowd.