Do you want a reasonably peaceful divorce? It is possible to have -- but only if you take care to avoid certain critical blunders.
Americans love to celebrate at every big occasion, so it's probably no surprise that "divorce parties" have become so popular.
To get a divorce, you have to serve your spouse with notice that you intend to obtain one, but that isn't always an easy task. If your spouse picked up stakes and moved on without leaving a forwarding address, what can you do?
You're at your wits' end with your spouse and your marriage. Despite all your efforts at keeping your marriage together, you realize that it's over.
One of the biggest worries a lot of parents have when they divorce is how it's going to affect their child's ability to function in school. It's a natural concern. You know that academic success can be the basis for a future that's prosperous and happy. Failure in school can easily cut off avenues for success in life that can't be reopened.
Could you be in a toxic marriage?
When you and your spouse created frozen embryos in the hope of having children at some point, you never imagined that you'd end up divorced. Suddenly, those embryos are no longer a blessing but a complicated part of your divorce proceedings.
When you're a woman, changing your last name at marriage is a social custom that's so widely accepted it's accomplished just by showing your marriage certificate when you update your driver's license and Social Security record.
Illinois is one of the few states in the country that -- thanks to a relatively recent law -- allows judges to treat dogs (and other pets) as something other than property that has to be allocated to one spouse or the other in a split.
Women: Does your recent raise or job change mean that you now earn more money than your male spouse? Is your spouse working part-time to finish school or participate in child care because your career is on more stable ground and more financially viable than his?