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What is a property division checklist?

What are your primary concerns regarding the divorce process? Are you worried about child custody and child support? Have you turned your attention to property division, perhaps because you don't have any children together?

While every aspect of divorce deserves your attention, you'll likely soon find yourself focusing a lot of time and energy on matters of property division. Here's why: You want to receive your fair share of assets. Easy enough, right?

Choosing divorce mediation can help make it easier for your kids

Divorce is a difficult time for everyone in your family. You and your spouse will deal with the sorrow, anger and grief that come from a failed marriage. Your children will also experience a host of negative emotions, from anger and sorrow to confusion and guilt. While these reactions are normal and processing these emotions is healthy, there are still things you can do to reduce the impact of your divorce on your children.

Mediation is one way to make high-asset divorce easier for your children and your family as a whole. Instead of a contentious, protracted court battle for every asset and hour of parenting time, you and your spouse can focus on amicable resolutions for the outstanding issues from your marriage. Not only will this result in a faster and more affordable divorce, it can also shield your children from the fallout of a divorce trial.

3 things to remember during a DUI stop

Imagine driving home on Friday night after spending time at your favorite Belleville hangout. With only a few more blocks to go, you suddenly see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. You have been pulled over before for various minor traffic violations such as speeding or maybe not stopping long enough at a stop sign. The difference this time is that you had a few drinks and the officer might suspect as much.

If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), there is a possibility that you could end up in the back of a squad car and on your way to jail. In other words, things could go very differently than what you have previously experienced during a minor traffic stop. If a law enforcement officer stops you for a DUI, take the following actions.

Even high asset divorces benefit from mediation

Divorce mediation allows couples who want to face divorce with civility and respect an alternative to traditionally mediated divorce. Even in cases where couples find it difficult to communicate without conflict, mediation can offer an effective process each party can use to reach fair agreements about every area of divorce.

Mediation can be exceptionally useful to divorcing couples with children, because it often allows parents to work out divorce terms in a fair, responsible way that can be less harmful to children than a winner-take-all approach. However, even couples without children may find mediation useful, especially when it comes to dividing property.

The requirements for a simplified joint dissolution of marriage

Divorcing Illinois spouses often have two big questions on their mind: How much is this going to cost? And, how long is this going to take? Cost and timing vary based on the specific details of a divore. However, there are some things that generally may be able to help point a divorce towards being cheaper, faster and less stressful.

One possible such option is settling a divorce via the Illinois simplified joint dissolution process, which is available to select spouses.

Mediation might help you work out a co-parenting plan

Mediation is a very useful tool when it comes to working out a divorce settlement and child custody. If you and your-soon-to-be ex-husband both want a divorce without a lengthy court battle, mediation might be your best option. Not only will it help the two of you work toward a fair property division, including how you will handle your house in Belleville, but you can create a parenting plan for your children.

When couples choose to use mediation to reach a custody agreement, they do so knowing that the focus of the process will be on what is best for the children. Read further to find out more about mediation for child custody.

Pushing for your parental rights in a contentious divorce

Divorce has a way of bringing the worst out in people. It can be an isolating, painful experience. Those who feel hurt often choose to lash out at others, and that's when divorce gets messy. One spouse decides he or she wants to use the children to prove a point. It may seem like obtaining custody is a means of "winning" the divorce and punishing the other parent. Sadly, it's often the children who pay, socially and emotionally, when parents refuse to work together in a divorce.

You know your spouse isn't keen on the idea of sharing custody. You also believe it's the only fair outcome to the dissolution of your marriage. You both love your children, and you both want to take part in their lives. That means that you will need to work together if you want to parent effectively. However, before you can work on building a healthy co-parenting relationship, you need to assert your rights as a parent.

Tips to keep your divorce “healthy”

Is there such a thing as a nice and easy divorce? Maybe for couples that were only married for two seconds and did not have enough time to make any joint purchases or have children. However, even for these couples, the process can be complicated. Once you throw in kids, the house in Belleville, retirement and investment accounts, and over ten years of marriage, things definitely get more complicated. And contentious.

While you and your soon-to-be ex-wife cannot agree on most things anymore, one thing you are in alignment with is trying to get through divorce as smoothly as possible. For some strategies to help you have a "healthy" divorce, read the tips below.

Know the penalties in Illinois for drunk driving

With football season just around the corner, people are going to head out to parties to watch the games. Other festivities might also come up. One thing that many parties have in common is that there are alcoholic beverages offered.

If you are planning to go to outings with alcoholic beverages, make sure that you are prepared to get home safely. This means either using a designated driver or another method. If you do have to drive home after the party, either don't drink or be prepared to face drunk driving charges.

Include the right details in your parenting agreement

In the event of a child custody dispute, it's only natural to believe that you'll end up in court at some point in time. While this could happen, here's something to remember: A large number of disputes are resolved before the case ever goes to court.

With the help of a parenting agreement, you can work through all the details of child custody outside of court. This doesn't mean you will never disagree with the other parent, but it does mean that you have the ability to work things out without heading to court.

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