For married couples, few obstacles are more difficult to overcome than infidelity. A straying partner can destroy trust and cause deep seated resentment that takes years to heal, if it ever truly does. In many cases, a single instance of cheating is enough for one partner to seek a divorce, and in Illinois, adultery is considered legitimate grounds for divorce. What may be more difficult, though, is deciding what constitutes infidelity in your relationship and how to recognize the signs it may be happening to you.
You are probably familiar with many of the names such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. It is very likely you use one or more of them on a regular basis, possibly several times per day. Keeping up with friends, sharing kids’ pictures with distant family, or even communicating with loved ones serving in the military have all been made infinitely easier by the advent of social networking sites. Unfortunately, there may be a downside to the social media information explosion. Evidence is starting to emerge which may show a link between social network users and an increased divorce rate.
Money makes the world go round—and marriages. According to a recent Canadian survey found that “couples may be more willing to forgive a cheating spouse than to overlook money problems.” Trouble in relationships arises about disagreements in household finances, but the issue is even more devastating when it involves who is to blame when budgets go awry.
When a marriage seems to have failed, many couples assume that divorce is not only inevitable, but the only available solution. For a large majority of couples in that situation, divorce may, in fact, be in their long-term best interest. In some cases, however, one spouse may instead wish to file for a legal separation.
Are you at the point in your marriage or civil union where you are considering a divorce? You may have some questions regarding your next step; for example, under what grounds can you get a divorce. Illinois is not considered a pure no fault state, and therefore, you must have a ground for a divorce and a separation period before you can even file for a divorce. If you do not properly meet the ground and separation period, the judge may dismiss your case.
It is simply a reality of modern life that marriages sometimes fail. Couples who marry with the best intentions often find themselves facing a divorce when, for whatever reason, the relationship breaks down. In many cases, there is not just a single underlying cause for the divorce, but the combination of numerous smaller issues. Like most states, Illinois law has provisions in place to allow for divorce in such a situation without assigning fault to either spouse.
When the most couples enter into a marriage, they do so with the intention of spending their lives together. Both partners are happy, in love, and looking forward to a future full of possibilities and memories to be made. While newlyweds may be aware that a significant number of marriages end in divorce, the very idea of it is easily dismissed. They can rationalize divorce as something that happens to other people and insist that they love each other too much to ever go through it.
A divorce can be one of the most turbulent times anyone ever has to go to go through. There are many factors that can further complicate the divorce process, even as it is already unpleasant. Some common problems that come up are issues splitting finances, disputes in child custody, and child support and alimony payments.