Apparently Otto von Bismarck never actually said, "Laws are like sausages; it is better not to see them being made." Whoever did say it first certainly had it right, though. Just ask the committee that has been studying Illinois' family laws for the past four years.
In many divorce proceedings, the court is not all that interested in hearing the details of one spouse's extra-marital affairs. That does not stop the media from endlessly recounting their lurid tales of celebrity affairs, including recently that of ex-CIA director and retired General David Petraeus. In Illinois, most couples opt for a no-fault divorce, where no specific allegations of infidelity are levied.
We are picking up where our Oct. 4 post left off. We were discussing small businesses, their owners and founders, and the effect marital discord can have on the business. A recent article reminded us that divorce can exact a high price from a Chicago small business by distracting the owner and, perhaps, draining the company's financial resources.
New York joined the other 49 states this week when the "no-fault" divorce law went into effect. Illinois has allowed no-fault divorce provision since the early 1980s.