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Mom, guardian change divorce law for spouses with mental disabilities

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down a decision earlier this month that marks a significant shift in public policy. It also marks a profound victory for people with mental disabilities.

Stress from divorce may follow sons for rest of their lives

No one will argue that divorce is difficult for children. A study scheduled for publication in the International Journal of Stroke raises some interesting questions about the differences between boys' and girls' reactions to divorce. The researchers were careful to say, however, that the results are not predictive of every child in every family, either in Libertyville or across the globe.

With the speed of summer lightning, Cruise/Holmes divorce is final

It is only August, and this has already been a strange year for celebrity divorces. The press was almost disappointed that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes managed to settle their custody arrangements within days of their separation. Courteney Cox and David Arquette filed for divorce quietly and apparently without legal representation. Frank and Jamie McCourt battled all last year over the post-nuptial agreement; when 2012 rolled around, their divorce quietly became final. It's a rare thing to realize that your own divorce is more dramatic than divorces played out in the media.

Right to rite: Divorce rituals can help you move on

Quick question: What do marriage, birthdays, christenings, coming-of-age, death and graduations have in common? They are all rites of passage. These are just a few of the momentous events in our lives that we have built traditions around. Those traditions may vary from person to person or faith to faith, of course, just as the list of rites of passage may shrink and expand over time. Who knows? One day the iPod Fairy may leave new earbuds under the pillows of children who have downloaded their first MP3.

What do we tell the kids? Talking to preschoolers about divorce

We occasionally revisit the topic of how a couple can communicate with their children when they have decided to divorce. Experts say that both the message and the delivery should be tailored to the child's developmental stage. Babies, for example, need to feel secure; they need structure and continuity, even if they don't understand what's going on. Toddlers can understand more but may not be able to verbalize their own emotions.

Researchers find unexpected benefit to divorce in other countries

For the most part, everyone reacts to the end of a marriage in his or her own way. No two people are alike when it comes to dealing with a divorce. According to new research published in the journal Lancet, American women may have more in common than we think -- or, at the very least, more in common with one another than we have with women from other countries.

Happy Mother's Day? More women paying alimony, child support p3

The Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently surveyed its membership -- attorneys around the country that deal with marriage and divorce -- about gender differences with spousal maintenance and child support. In our last couple of posts, we have been talking about the survey results as well as the conclusions drawn from the results: The survey may show that more women are paying spousal and child support to their ex-husbands now, but that does not necessarily mean that women are the economic equals of men.

Divorce shouldn't break spirit or piggy bank

Men and women are usually not fixated on money during the emotional proceedings of a divorce. They might be so overwhelmed with emotions like anger or sadness that they do not realize that divorce can be expensive and time-consuming. This is why residents in Lake County should think ahead to make sure they will be on solid financial ground once the process is complete.

Divorce confirmed as Hudsons' family tragedy played out in court

The story has made headlines for many reasons. A Chicago-area woman, the older sister of Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, obtained a divorce from her estranged husband in December 2011. He is currently on trial on charges of murdering her mother, her brother and her 7-year-old son.

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