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DuPage County family law attorneysFamilies have changed significantly over the last several years, and that includes the way that they do divorce. In fact, one trend is gaining some serious momentum among divorcing parents. Known as birdnesting, or just nesting, it is a parenting plan that bucks all things traditional. The following can help you understand this new way of parenting after divorce, and it can help you decide if it may be the right option for your family.

What is a Nesting Divorce?

In a traditional divorce, one parent might keep the home and the children might go and visit the other parent at their home. In a nesting divorce, the children keep the home (so to speak). They reside there full-time, and then parents take their turns rotating in and out of the home to care for the children. Some couples also have a joint apartment where each one stays while the other is with the children.

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Illinois divorce lawyersSmall, family-owned businesses have made a comeback over the last several years, and they were instrumental in our country's post-recession recovery. Unfortunately, family businesses still face some unique and potentially devastating challenges; one of the most concerning is the risk of failure, closure, or liquidation during a divorce. If you have a small family-owned business and would like to avoid liquidation or closure, the following information may help.

How Family Businesses Are Treated in Divorce

Family-owned businesses are typically considered marital property during a divorce. There are a few exceptions, of course. For example, a business might be considered a non-marital asset if one party started the company before the marriage began and never used marital funds for business-related expenses. Even in these situations, couples are encouraged to speak with an attorney. After all, many nuances, exceptions, and exclusions can alter the outcome of a divorce case; businesses often complicate the already complex process even further.

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Illinois divorce lawyersFor decades, experts assumed that divorce, in and of itself, increased the risk of complications for young children. Now there are studies emerging, showing that it is not actually divorce, but contention, a common but negative byproduct of the emotional process. In fact, one new study recently determined children were at an increased risk for certain illnesses if they witnessed an emotionally traumatizing split. In light of this new information, parents may want to do all they can to achieve an amicable divorce. Learn more with help from the following information.

Illness and Contentious Divorce

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study looked at the frequency of illness in 201 adults. Some had parents who had remained together during childhood and others had parents who had separated or divorced. Those with parents who had divorced and not communicated afterward were found to have a higher risk of immune system issues. More specifically, these individuals were three times more likely to develop a cold than those that had parents who had divorced but remained in contact or had never divorced.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersOne of the most confusing and complex issues in divorce is the separation of marital property from non-marital assets. Much of the complexity stems from the difficulty in proving the origins of an individual asset. However, many other factors play into this common issue as well. Learn more about how the courts distinguish marital assets from non-marital ones, and how an attorney can help you navigate through the process.

Yours, Mine, or Ours?

During the marriage, many couples share their assets. They do not see it as belonging to one party or the other. Instead, they consider their assets "joint" assets. Divorce often changes that view. Unfortunately, the process of untangling what belongs to whom can lead to bitter arguments and contention. Sometimes, the answer is simple. For example, an asset brought into the marriage by either party is generally considered a non-marital asset (provided it was never co-mingled with marital assets). Other times, though, it is far more difficult to distinguish if the asset is marital property or non-marital property. As an example, an inheritance that gifted to just one party during the marriage might have been excluded from the marital estate, but using it as a down payment for the family home is likely to make it a marital asset.

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DuPage County divorce attorneysThe internet is full of do-it-yourself divorce options, and you may even have a friend or family member that knows someone who has tried one of them. Unfortunately, it is only these so-called positive stories that seem to gain attention; no one talks about the horrible mistakes that can occur, or how a DIY divorce can leave parties especially vulnerable to financial devastation. Learn more about why a lawyer should be utilized, even in an amicable divorce, and how a DIY divorce might cost you far more than what it is worth.

Ways a DIY Divorce Can Cost You

Do-it-yourself divorces come with a broad range of potential pitfalls. First, there is the risk that your spouse may hide assets from you; it is rather easy to do in a DIY divorce. If it happens to you, you could find yourself suffering from a serious loss in your divorceĀ settlement, and in some cases, it could be severe enough to cause financial devastation.

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