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August 2019 Archives

Preventing financial deception in a divorce

When Illinois couples decide to divorce, their once-loving relationship may have been transformed into something resentful and hateful. Even so, many people simply want to end their marriage as quickly as possible and divide the assets. Others may hatch vast schemes that attempt to keep assets from the other spouse, however. These types of actions are unlawful, and spouses found to be hiding assets may be held accountable by the court or financially penalized. Still, people continue to attempt to conceal assets in hopes of walking away with a financial advantage.

Planning helps avoid financial stress after divorce

Getting a divorce can be among the most stressful events in a person's life. It is taxing emotionally, financially and mentally, but people in Illinois and elsewhere who are considering ending their marriages can make the process more financially manageable by paying attention to a few specific areas. Individuals who keep track of costs during divorce, create a post-divorce budget and divide assets fairly have a better chance of avoiding financial strain.

3 ways to manage emotions during your divorce

Divorce can take a tremendous toll on virtually anyone’s mental health. If you currently face the end of your marriage, you may feel a variety of emotions, ranging from anger to sadness. You are also apt to have strong feelings about your partner's and your own future. How you cope with your emotions may make a tremendous difference on your divorce’s outcome. 

Divorce can impact a person's health in many ways

A divorce can have a significant impact on a person's mental and physical health. Illinois residents who are older than 50 when they end their marriages may be even more vulnerable to changes in their mood, behavior or cognitive function. If someone's caregiver was his or her former spouse, it may be difficult for that person to obtain the medical care that he or she needs after the divorce.

What to consider when keeping the home in a divorce

Some people in Illinois who are going through a divorce may be sentimentally attached to their home and want to keep it after the separation. Others might want to retain the marital home because they think it will be better for their children to remain in a more stable environment. The first step is to find out the value of the home and how much equity each spouse has in it. It may also be important to consider what other fees and taxes each spouse may be responsible for paying.

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