For people with substantial personal assets or children from previous relationships, it can be important to protect those assets, and their distribution to intended future beneficiaries, before entering into a marriage. For most people, a well-drafted, enforceable prenuptial agreement is the best legal option. However, for a variety of reasons, some prospective spouses simply won't agree to sign one. What then?
If infidelity was the reason for a split -- maybe mom left dad for another man -- the anger and pain can almost be too much for a father to handle. However, while this is an emotionally trying time, keep in mind that when the idea of divorce is new, especially for younger children, it is important to not divulge too much about the real reason for the divorce, but rather work together to create a stable environment with the same straightforward message.
There are plenty of spouses in Illinois who are having serious problems in their marriage, yet believe it is somehow healthier to stay together than it is to split up. In some cases these couples have children together and do not want to break-up the family. In other cases, spouses are just afraid of what the future would look like.
Divorce can be extremely difficult. The good news is that there are ways to make your "marriage detox" much easier. Some common divorce issues can hold you back; however, if you recognize and address the matters, you will be on a much easier path to your new future.
Later this week a judiciary hearing committee is scheduled to review some proposed changes to Illinois laws regarding divorce and child custody. These proposals would change the way decisions are made regarding family law issues throughout the state. In our last post we focused on the child custody proposals, now we will take a look at the possible changes to the divorce laws in Illinois.
In general, laws need to be updated to reflect societal changes. This is especially true when it comes to family law where there have been many changes over the years, including mothers not automatically being favored when it comes to child custody agreements. However, for change to be effective, lawmakers need to take the time to gather information and propose changes that not only make sense, but are also in the best interests of everyone involved -- parents and children.
More and more couples are getting prenuptial agreements before walking down the aisle. The point behind these agreements -- commonly referred to in Illinois as prenups or premarital agreements -- is to address just how property would be divided in the event of a divorce. These are not to jinx a marriage, but are rather to protect the interests of both parties involved.