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Strategies to ease the path during a divorce can be beneficial

When an Illinois couple gets a divorce, there are often challenges that make the process difficult. People can find themselves embroiled in various disputes that tend to make a divorce harder than necessary. Although it can be complicated to get through the process, there are strategies to help make it somewhat easier.

"Gray divorce" on the rise

Statistics show that more older people in Illinois and across the country are filing for divorce. Further, this is happening at a time when divorce rates are declining among all other age groups.

How a prenuptial agreement can protect assets

Some couples in Illinois may be concerned about creating a prenuptial agreement. They might feel that they do not want to plan for the possibility of divorce, but a prenup can do more than simply protect the two individuals in the marriage. If one or both people have children from previous relationships, a prenup can help ensure that any assets brought into the marriage pass to those children if the parent dies.

How divorces impact businesses

When business owners in Illinois get divorced, it can take a toll on their companies. This may be true whether a former spouse may become a part-owner of the organization. During the divorce itself, an individual may have to split his or her focus between ending a marriage and running a company. If an enterprise is owned by multiple people, the end of a marriage could be a distraction for everyone responsible for running it.

Common factors make divorce more likely

There are many reasons why married partners in Illinois decide to divorce. Splitting up can be a major decision that leads to significant emotional, personal and financial disruption in both spouses' lives. Still, divorce can be an important and positive choice for people who have developed truly irreconcilable differences in their relationships. These issues can range from matters like abuse or addiction to a simple process of growing apart over time. There are several common factors that can point to serious problems in a relationship, and these situations can make divorce more likely.

Considering prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements

When couples in Illinois are in love and planning for their next steps, divorce may be the furthest thing from their minds. However, these milestone occasions like marriage or pregnancy may inspire people to make plans in case they separate in the future. Prenuptial agreements are contracts that spouses-to-be negotiate with each other before they marry. These can address matters like inheritance or generational wealth, but they can also handle a range of financial and practical matters. They are a form of divorce planning, but they are handled while people are in a happy, loving relationship.

Making an informed decision about divorce

When couples in Illinois struggle in their marriage and consider divorce, they risk making an uninformed decision on whether to continue in the marriage. Being knowledgeable about the things that impact relationships, how division of property and custody matters are handled in their state and the emotional effects of a split can help them make a clear decision on how to proceed.

The financial impact of divorce on older adults

While people in Illinois who are over 50 might be more likely to get divorced than younger people or previous generations in their age group, the financial and emotional toll can be high. According to one study conducted by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green University, wealth for people who get a divorce after age 50 drops about 50%. Older divorced people in one study also reported a higher rate of depression than those whose spouses had died.

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