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Divorce decisions have long-term repercussions

Divorce in Illinois is often an emotionally draining experience, especially when two people are not on the same page when it comes to dealing with matters such as splitting assets and property. In addition, the potentially contentious issue of child custody can have a negative impact on the entire family. A few tips may help people going through divorce to complete the process in a way that will benefit the whole family in the long run.

First, it is wise to only share details of the divorce with close friends and family members. After all, other adults might not be careful when gossiping about the details of one's divorce when their kids are around. These kids may end up telling one's own kids information that is best for them not to know.

It is also common for two parents during divorce to angrily make threats toward each other regarding the money or the kids. This can cause an already volatile relationship between the two individuals to worsen, thus making it even more challenging for them to cooperate after the divorce when handling matters involving their shared children. Being at odds may furthermore make the kids feel like they are stuck in the middle, which can lead to emotional issues for them.

People in Illinois sometimes act rashly during a divorce proceeding because they are caught up in the emotions of the split-up of their marriage. However, doing so can cause them to make decisions that end up hurting them or their kids long-term. Proper legal guidance may help divorcing individuals achieve a fair settlement with regard to marital assets and/or even create a co-parenting agreement that is satisfactory for all parties involved.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Ways to Be the Superhero of Your Divorce", Abby Rodman, July 14, 2015

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