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divorce, divorce apps, divorce trends, DuPage County divorce attorney, divorce lawyerEven for couples who see it coming and accept its inevitable result, a divorce is not an easy experience. Divorcing spouses need all the help they can get and, in addition to the support of family, friends and a competent divorce attorney, software developers have created applications or “apps” for personal devices to help individuals manage certain aspects of divorced life.

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When it comes to meticulous and thorough representation, there is no substitute for an experienced divorce lawyer. During the divorce process, issues such as alimony, child custody, visitation and other details can be settled as part of the final divorce decree. However, certain apps are available for

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Illinios divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorney, marriage statistics,It is no secret that nearly half of American marriages end in divorce, at least according to oft-cited statistics. The Center for Disease Control reports that the average marriage rate in the U.S. is 6.8 per 1,000 total people, and the divorce rate was 3.6 in the same number of people. Illinois actually had one of the lowest divorce rates in the country in 2011, at only 2.6 per 1,000 people. Nevada, Oklahoma, and West Virginia had the highest divorce rates in the county, with over 5.2 per 1,000 people. Yet according to many sources, the divorce rate in the U.S. may actually be on the decline in 2015. The reasons as to why may be surprising.

The first is a sign of our times: less people are getting married to begin with. According to research from the Pew Center, only 51 percent of Americans were married in 2011. This is a significant decrease from the 72 percent who were married in 1960. Some researchers suggest the reason for this is because marriage does not seem like the only option in today’s modern world: with more women working outside the home and less relying on a husband to take care of them, marriage rates will fall. The average age of marriage is also increasing — it has long been true that the risk of divorce decreases as the age of marriage increases. Another factor is socioeconomic. The more educated that spouses are, the less likely they are to divorce.

Yet these statistics do not necessarily give the whole picture. Just because a couple is not married does not mean that their long-term relationship is any less painful or financially complicated to end. In fact, often if the couple is not married, it can be even more difficult than divorce because there are not the same legal protections allowed married couples.

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collaborative divorce, Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois marital law,There have recently been several events that indicate new divorce trends. For instance, in a move of particular significance for the millions of Catholics in Illinois, the Vatican recently announced that it was softening its stance on divorce.

After the recently completed synod on marriage and the family, the committee issued a statement that there are “positive aspects of. . .cohabitation.”  The language signals a clear break from traditional church teaching that unmarried couples were living in sin. While stopping well short of endorsing such relationships, the synod also made some similar conclusions about same-sex marriages. The report stated that many gays had “gifts and qualities” that could give these people a place in the Christian community.

Pope Francis has been more inclusive than some of his predecessors, much to the chagrin of many conservatives. Forty-one of the 200 bishops in attendance openly objected to the report, so the matter is far from settled.

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divorce risk, Illinois divorce lawyer, DuPage County family law attorney, Conventional wisdom dictates that there is a strict correlation between educational attainment and divorce. According to a 2013 report released in the Monthly Labor Review, a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), both men and women with a college education tend to marry later than their non-college-educated counterparts. Marrying later in life could be one reason that people with college degrees are also less likely to divorce than those without any higher education. The average age among those who had not completed high school to be married was 22.8, while the average age among those with a college degree was 24.9. The BLS found that approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce among those who did not complete high school. Comparatively, roughly 30 percent of marriages among those with a college degree end in divorce.

It used to be that marriages in which the woman was better educated than the man were more likely to end in divorce. This could have been due to social stigmas associated with women outperforming their husbands, but according to a 2014 study this is changing. The report, published in the American Sociological Review, “suggests that not only are men marrying women with higher education levels than them in greater numbers,” but also that these marriages have a comparable divorce rate to marriages in which both partners have the same education or in which the men have more higher education.

Divorce among marriages in which women were more educated than men hit a peak in the 1950s and 1970s. This association began to decline in the 1980s as society and women’s roles in the workforce continued to change, but this decade is the first in which the association was entirely comparable to the general divorce rate. One of the study's authors says that more research needs to be done into the correlation between women out-earning their husbands. While American women are statistically earning more degrees than men, “they are still making less money from those degrees.” Because of this, it is difficult to study the effect of earning as a result of higher education on marriages.

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cheating, divorce, divorce attorney, divorce trends, DuPage County divorce attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, marriage, women cheat, infidelity, reasons for cheatingA new study reported by The Huffington Post has discovered that women who cheat on their husbands are not necessarily dissatisfied with their emotional relationships. The study, conducted using data from the spousal cheating site AshleyMadison.com, observed 100 women between the ages of 35 and 45. The collected data revealed that cheating women often had little desire to end their marriages. What they were looking for, however, was sex and renewed passion.

Eric Anderson, a British professor and chief science officer at AshleyMadison.com, noted how sexual monotony is likely the reason that cheating women seek sexual satisfaction outside of their marriage. Emotions had less to do with it. “This is because we get used to and bored of the same body,” noted Anderson.

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alcohol abuse, alcoholic spouse, Aurora family law attorney, Matthew M. Williams, divorce in Illinois, alcohol and divorce, married couples, divorce trends, divorce legal issues, Chicago divorce attorneyThere are many stressors that come with taking marriage vows. And while issues such as money, health problems, or even trouble communicating can certainly lead to conflict, and even divorce, the implications of adding alcohol abuse can also be devastating to a relationship.

Despite the efforts the United States has made to curb the use of illicit drugs, it is ironic that the intoxicant doing the most widespread damage is not illegal at all. In fact, a study cited by the National Institute of Health in 2012 concluded that an estimated 17 million people exhibit symptoms of some form of alcohol abuse.

The effects of an alcoholic impact much more than the user, and they can have a direct influence on divorce statistics. Interestingly enough, recent studies indicate that married couples, in which one party has an alcohol problem, are 20 percent more likely to divorce than couples that do not use alcohol.

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Aurora family law attorney, divorce rates, divorce trends, social media, social media and divorce, social network sites, human behavior, social media behaviorIs the overuse of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, a predictor of marital dissatisfaction and divorce? A new Boston University study by James Katz, Feld Family Professor of Emerging Media Studies, found a correlation between using social network sites, spousal issues, and the divorce rate. In fact, the argument behind the study shows a strong connection between online behavior, human behavior, and divorce. And as social media use becomes more widespread across the country, it is likely that researchers will continue to explore the connection between relationships and social media.

To begin, the study reviewed married couples across 43 states between 2008-2010, and it looked at Facebook’s effect by dividing the number of account users in each state by the total population. It was found that a 20 percent increase in Facebook users generated a two percent increase in divorce rate.

The researchers also examined a study from the University of Texas at Austin. The 2011 research had polled 1,200 married individuals between the ages of 18 and 39 regarding the romantic quality of their marriage. Non-users of social media reported themselves as 11 percent happier than heavy users, and only half as likely to consider leaving their spouse.

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divorce rate, divorce trends, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois divorce attorney, baby boomers, cohabitationThe bulk of research dedicated to determining the prevalence of divorce in this country has discussed a downward trend since the 1980’s. New research indicates, however, that broad generalizations like that don’t get into the heart of more specific aspects of divorce.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota recently took advantage of refined U.S. Census data about divorce to determine just how reliable claims about a declining divorce rate are. According to the study authors, the divorce rate has actually remained relatively steadily since 1980. The determining factor for the divorce rate turned out to be age. When controlling for age, researchers found out that the divorce rate has actually increased by as much as 40 percent since that time.

Divorce rates across age groups are not the same, according to the findings in this study. Back in 1970, there was very little difference between divorce rates for younger and older individuals, but that quickly chances. Baby boomers account for most of the increases in divorce rates. In fact, study authors believe that baby boomers are primarily responsible for “marital instability” that occurred after 1970. This same subset of individuals had higher divorce rates in their 20s and 30s, too, but they still make up a significant portion of divorcing couples.

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Valentine's Day Divorce IMAGE“Roses are red, violets are blue… I made a mistake in marrying you!” The Huffington Post reports that despite the fact that February is usually hailed as the most romantic month, a time for lovers to present roses and cards and sweet nothings, there are more divorces in February than any other month. “Perhaps this is because seeing other couples express their Valentines’ affection serves as a wake up call that our hearts are no longer in it,” the Huffington Post suggests. It could also be the cold weather and the withdraw of holiday warmth” that leaves us frigid in January and ready to act by the following month.

With more than half of all marriages in America ending in divorce, it seems a common and easy occurrence. Yet according to the Huffington Post, “if you think buying flowers and chocolates is expensive, try getting divorced. The process gets longer and more expensive every year.” Because of this, the importance of having a family law attorney on your side cannot be overstated. Hiring the right attorney can help you to mitigate costs and unnecessary delays. Having an attorney who works for you can save you heartache, time, and cold hard cash.

Avvo.com, according to CNN Money, reports seeing a 40 percent increase in the number of people “seeking information and advice about divorce in the period right after Valentine’s Day.” CNN Money also reports that the number of divorce filings during February is 18 percent higher than in the average month. But “February has factors other than the holiday that could lead to an increase in divorces`,” reports CNN Money, among them the fact that January is the busiest month for bankruptcies. Couples could realize the financial problems that divide them, for example.

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