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Divorce planning in the summer

According to psychology and family law experts, summer is the prime time for Illinois residents to begin plans for a divorce. The results of a study that was conducted by sociologists at the University of Washington indicate that divorce filings tend to increase during August and March.

Generally, if there are complications in a marriage, those complications will get worse if a couple has to spend more time with one another. When couples are able to resume their routines, divorce filings will spike.

Attorneys also state that they see a rise in divorce filings through September, during the time when schools reopen. The rise in filings will also occur in January at the beginning of the new year. Attorneys stress that individuals who are considering getting a divorce should plan for it ahead of time, preferably months before a petition is filed.

The summer months are an ideal time to consult with an attorney, financial adviser and close family members. It is also a good time to begin to collect important information, such as the balances in checking and savings accounts, a list of all assets, credit card statements and phone records.

Individuals have to determine if getting a divorce is a wise solution and what they want to accomplish with the divorce. It is especially important that they understand the legal ramifications of getting a divorce.

A family law attorney may work to obtain the divorce settlement terms clients desire regarding spousal support, child custody, the division of assets, visitation time and child support. The attorney may assist clients with planning for and initiating the divorce process and may explain their legal options for resolving divorce disputes. Depending on the circumstances of a divorce, counsel might be provided regarding what outcome a client should realistically expect.