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Mediation, collaboration in divorce are better for the kids

Family law professionals in Illinois say that couples are opting for mediation and collaboration in divorce more and more of late. The economy may be one reason: On average, litigation is about ten times more expensive than the alternatives. Another reason that couples have cited is that mediation and collaboration are much easier on their children.

There's a small hotel, with a divorce lawyer, concl.

In our last post, we started talking about an innovative business in the Netherlands. The company offers divorce mediation services for couples. Nothing new, certainly -- except that couples meet at four- or five-star hotels for three days to work out the settlement.

There's a small hotel, with a wishing well - and a divorce lawyer

In the 1939 version of The Women, Norma Shearer travels to a dude ranch in a western state (known as a gambling mecca) to get divorced. She must stay there for a while, to establish residency and to relax a little, to live quietly as she plans her new life. Other women soon join her, all in the throes of divorce, and the drama that ensues at that ranch is more delicious than a Chicago Dog on a warm spring day.

Divorce may cost former Potbelly CEO his shares in company

People often comment on how difficult divorce is for those of limited means. But the fact is, divorce does not have to be expensive - but it can be equally taxing for wealthy people if they are not careful as they go about the process. Nor does divorce have to be a hurtful process. Sometimes, working with a mediator can make it go much more smoothly.

Documentary looks for solutions for Jewish women seeking 'gets'

A "get" is a Jewish divorce. A woman who fails to obtain a get is unable to marry again under Jewish law. These women are "agunot." There are more of them out there than you think, and a Chicago filmmaker has tackled the subject in "Women Unchained," a documentary making its way into theaters this month.

Serving her country, sacrificing her marriage (p. 2)

We were talking about military women and their marriages -- and the fact that the divorce rate among military women outpaces the rate for either military men or civilian women. The numbers are known, but the reasons are not. While there is little research about the causes of these break-ups, psychologists and military experts have some ideas.

Serving her country, sacrificing her marriage

According to Pentagon statistics, about 220,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have faced the challenges of warfare, terrorist attacks, weather and terrain alongside their male counterparts. These women trained and learned to expect and to accept the unexpected during their tours of duty. Personal sacrifice is common, but it's hard to imagine that women prepared to sacrifice their marriages.

Another marriage stressor: lying about money

This is another story about financial woes and their effect on a marriage. We've said often (our last post notwithstanding) that money troubles are among the top reasons couples divorce. According to a recent survey, though, it's not just that there's not enough money or that the couple disagrees on financial priorities. No, some marriages fall victim to "financial infidelity."

Study: Great Recession had 'double-edged impact' on marriages

Most of us know all too well the effects of the Great Recession on Chicago: unemployment up 4 percent in 2009, one foreclosure every 22 minutes and so much more. Researchers recently delved into the effects of the Great Recession on married couples, with some expected and some surprising results. The "Survey of Marital Generosity" revealed two positive outcomes along with the negative. Overall, the study's findings are consistent with research from other sources in its main conclusions: Divorce rates have declined since the onset of the economic downturn, and, as financial woes increased, so did the risk of divorce.

Bitter split didn't end with wife's death

Believing that her daughter's "long, bitter, hostile divorce" had finally come to a close, an Illinois woman found herself making arrangements for her daughter's funeral. The 34-year-old died a week ago, leaving no will and no instructions about her funeral beyond telling her brother years earlier that she'd like to be buried near her father, in Illinois. She died in Florida, near her son and her ex-husband.

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