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holiday, Kane County divorce attorneyThe winter holiday season, for many families, begins with the celebration of Thanksgiving and continues through the month of December into the beginning of January. While the holidays are often filled with fun, food, and extended family, they can be particularly challenging for divorced parents as they try to keep their children involved in all of the festivities. If you share parenting responsibilities of your child with your former partner, there are some things that you can do to help make the winter holidays more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Be Prepared

If your parenting plan does not already specify where your child will spend each holiday, you will need to make arrangements with the other parent as soon as possible. Do not wait until the very last minute. Give your child something to look forward to, and provide enough lead time for you and the other parent to plan for the holiday accordingly.

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divorce, Kane County divorce attorneysA divorce is one of the most difficult things anyone will ever be forced to endure. Some mental health professionals even go so far as to suggest that the pain of divorce rivals that of the death of a loved one. In the aftermath of your divorce, it is understandable that you may feel angry, betrayed, lonely, and, in many ways, unsatisfied with your life. Fortunately, however, divorce can also offer a new beginning and a fresh start for those who were trapped in an unhealthy or toxic marriage.

Starting Over

Depending upon how long you were married, you may feel like you have lost the sense of who you are as an individual. During your marriage, ideally, you were part of a team, with you and your spouse making important decisions together. Even if you maintained separate hobbies and interests—as marriage experts recommend—there is a good chance your identity became intertwined with that of your spouse and the marriage. Once the marriage has ended, you may need to reestablish yourself as an individual and take charge of your own life again.

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marital home, Kane County divorce attorneyWhen you and your spouse are considering how to divide your property in your divorce, the home that you shared during the marriage can quickly become a point of contention. Depending upon your family’s circumstances, you each may have a significant sentimental attachment to the home and, therefore, you each would prefer to keep it when the proceedings are finalized. Realistically, however, only one of you will get to keep the home, and, many divorce cases, in fact, result in the sale of the marital home to facilitate a more equitable division of the couple’s marital property.

Balancing Act

While there are exceptions, your marital home is likely to be the single largest asset you and your spouse own. You may, for example, have more valuable investments or savings, but such funds are usually easier to divide in a divorce. Your home, by comparison, is not able to be split into two portions, which means that you and your spouse—or the court, if necessary—will need to be more creative in finding a solution. Doing so is generally necessary because Illinois law mandates that, during your divorce, your marital property is to be divided in a manner that is equitable and just, based upon your unique situation.

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social media, Kane County family lawyersWe all know that person who spends seemingly every waking moment posting pictures and details of their lives to Facebook or Instagram. Sometimes, the appeal of posting on social media is so strong that it can cause a person to lose focus on the events happening in real life around him or her. Most people, of course, are able to use social networking sites to share photos and updates with distant friends and family, allowing them to stay in touch more quickly and directly than ever before. There are some dangers associated with the use of social media, particularly for those who are in the midst of a divorce or other legal action. It is important to remember that anything you post could end up presented as evidence in court.

Conflicting Messages

While the use of social networking sites does not require ink and paper, posts and shared information are often treated as written documentation. Emails and text messages, as you may be aware, can be subpoenaed to refute claims that you have made in your divorce filings. Similarly, screenshots of information that you have posted could also be used in an effort to discredit your testimony. For example, if you have told the court that you are not currently employed, but your LinkedIn profile says that you have been working for a friend’s company—possibly off the books—there are going to be questions raised.

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dates, Kane County divorce attorneyAre you a person who delights in finding patterns in the calendar date or the time displayed on a digital clock? For example, are you already looking forward to January 7 of next year because the date can be written as 1/7/17? If you are such a person, you are not alone. For some people, however, noteworthy or interesting dates are such novelties that they schedule their weddings based on how the date can be written. While choosing a novel date for your wedding may make it harder to forget your anniversary, a new study suggests that doing so may also increase your risk for divorce.

Groundbreaking Study?

Dr. Jan Kabátek and Professor David Ribar, economists at the University of Melbourne in Australia, put together a research project that they believe is the first of its kind in the world. Previous studies have looked at relationships between the divorce rate and large weddings, small weddings, expensive weddings, frugal weddings, older couples, younger couples, couples of disparate ages, and countless other factors. Nobody, according to the researchers, has looked at the effect that the choice of wedding date may have on couple’s likelihood of divorce.

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