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How do you bring up the topic of divorce?

Telling your spouse you want a divorce is one of the most difficult things you may have to do. You hope that your relationship never comes to this, but there is always the chance you could face serious trouble at some point in the future.

Bringing up the topic of divorce can be almost as difficult as the process itself. If you find yourself in this position, here are a few things you need to do:

  • Lay it all out on the line. It's best to get everything into the open as soon as possible, so there is no reason to hold back.
  • Choose the right time. Don't discuss divorce at a family dinner or on vacation. You need to set aside alone time to talk about your relationship and the next move.
  • Know what you are going to say. It can be a challenge to ask for a divorce, so don't be surprised if your mind goes blank when it comes time to have this conversation.
  • Be calm and kind. As upset as you may be with your spouse, you should remain kind and calm throughout the conversation.
  • Safety comes first. If you have reason to believe that your spouse may get upset to the point of being violent, it's best to discuss divorce over the phone or in a public place.

Man sues ex-wife for wiretapping his emails during divorce

An Illinois court is about to hear quite an interesting case involving claims of wiretapping by an ex-wife. The lawsuit, which finally hits court after being filed six years ago, claims that the plaintiff's ex-wife obtained his emails and used them to get a better settlement in the couple's divorce.

The couple had been married for 46 years before the wife filed for divorce in 2011. While the couple was separated the wife acquired, read and used emails from her husband's email account to work towards a favorable settlement for her. Now, the ex-husband is suing, claiming that the woman violated federal privacy and wiretapping laws.

Which custody arrangement is truly best for my child?

Deciding how you and your child's other parent will share parenting duties and privileges after your marriage or partnership ends can certainly feel overwhelming. If you feel overwhelmed by such a scenario, you should know that you are absolutely not alone.

For many parents, this struggle makes it very difficult to maintain a healthy perspective on what life looks like on the other side of a custody dispute, or what the child at the center of the conflicts really needs.

Marital property division: What should you be doing?

There is no doubt that a divorce will involve a variety of challenges, such as those associated with child support and custody. However, it's the division or marital property that is often the most important detail.

In a perfect world, you would be able to work closely with your former spouse to fairly divide all marital property. While some are able to do this through mediation, others are not willing to budge an inch.

Do these things to raise your children after a divorce

Once your divorce is in the books and you are moving forward on your own, it's time to take control of your life.

This means many things, such as learning how to best raise your children. Since the other parent may still be in the picture, there are steps you need to take to get on the right track from the start:

The challenges of resolving family law disputes

As you move through the divorce process, it's safe to assume that you will face one challenge after the next. Even if you and your ex-spouse are doing your best to keep things cordial, there will be times when you're faced with a difficult situation.

There are many types of challenges that can move to the forefront. For example, you may have questions regarding child custody and child support. Along with this, it's natural to be concerned about property division, with both individuals fighting to get their "fair share."

Use a prenuptial agreement to reach many goals

Some people are positive that a prenuptial agreement is right for them. Others are unsure of if they should discuss this with their soon to be spouse. And of course, there are those who don't know the first thing about this legal document.

Although it's never easy to discuss a prenuptial agreement with your partner, it's something that can bring peace of mind to both individuals before you tie the knot.

Custody rights in same-sex marriages in Illinois

While the national debate over same-sex marriage was finally settled by the Supreme Court, the issues surrounding custody rights for same-sex parents isn't as clear. The laws still vary significantly from state to state.

In Illinois, the title of "parent" is decided by the provisions in the Illinois Parentage Act of 2016. As things stand, there are still some significant disparities in the way legal parenthood and custody rights work for same-sex couples.

Illinois marital property: Factors the court considers

Do you live in the state of Illinois? Are you going through the divorce process? Are you concerned about what this will mean to your future, such as how your property will be divided?

If you find yourself in this position, it's important to learn more about Illinois marital property laws. With the right knowledge, it's much easier to make informed decisions while knowing what to expect in the future.

You can reach a child custody agreement out of court

There are many people out there who believe that litigation is the only way to reach an agreement with regard to child custody. While this may be true at times, it's not the only idea to consider.

For some divorcing couples, an out of court alternative dispute resolution strategy is the best way to move forward. This doesn't always work out in the end, but there are three benefits associated with the process:

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