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How the Pandemic Impacted Divorce Rates

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DuPage County divorce attorneysWhile many people were wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected divorce rates, World Population Review found that about 50 percent of married couples divorce in the United States as of 2022, giving the country the sixth-highest divorce rate in the world while secondary marriages had a higher likelihood of ending in divorce with a 60 percent rate. National Center for Health Statistics data showed 38 percent more marriages despite a 12 percent decline nationally in the first year of the pandemic. 

A report a few years ago found that while divorce was becoming less common among younger adults, the so-called gray divorce was on the rise with divorce rates doubling since the 1990s for American adults 50 years of age and older. Among people 65 years of age and older, the divorce rate has nearly tripled since 1990, now reaching six people divorcing per 1,000 married persons.

Common Causes of Divorce

The pandemic certainly placed greater stress on couples and the amounts of time they had to spend with one another. Spouses quickly learned a number of things that can impact having happy marriages, and a number of people took to getting a divorce.

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Cook County divorce attorneyAll married couples have disagreements. Most marriages involve a series of high and low points, but there may be a point at which one or both spouses feel that the marriage is no longer healthy or manageable. When you have reached a point where you feel that your marriage has reached insurmountable odds, filing for divorce is generally a quite reasonable and practical step to take. However, it does happen that some spouses will face significant challenges, file for divorce, and then reconcile and remain married.

You should know that in Illinois, divorce cases can be paused or withdrawn with relative ease should you and your spouse agree that divorce is no longer in your best interests. It is also true that some individuals will file for divorce while still uncertain about whether they should stay in the marriage, and then determine that following through with terminating the marriage is the best option - this is common in spousal abuse cases when the victim files. Whether you finalize your divorce or stay married, strong legal representation is key to protecting your interests. 

What You Should Know About the Reconciliation Calendar

When you initiate divorce proceedings, your case is added to the court's calendar. In Cook County, the court maintains what is called the “reconciliation calendar.” The reconciliation calendar is effectively a list of divorce cases that have been paused by the parties. To have your case added to the reconciliation calendar, you and your spouse must mutually request for your divorce to be placed on hold. 

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What Happens During Divorce Litigation?

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Wheaton divorce litigation lawyerLitigating a divorce can be a difficult process. Today, it is generally used only as a last resort if all attempts at negotiation or mediation have failed. Of course, there are some cases where attempting to resolve the divorce out of court does not make sense, such as if one spouse is refusing to cooperate with the divorce or has abused you. Some divorces involving high-value marital assets are also very likely to be resolved through litigation because there is so much at stake.

If you expect to go to court for a contested divorce, you may be quite nervous. Knowing what to expect during litigation can help keep you feeling calm and prepared. It is critical that you are represented by an aggressive and experienced attorney during a contested divorce. Hensley Sendek Law offers top-quality representation in and out of court. 

What to Expect in a Contested Divorce

When you go to divorce litigation, you are asking the court to make decisions about each issue in your divorce case. Rather than reaching an agreement, you and your spouse will each try to prove to the court that issues should be resolved in your favor. Hearings will be held. These hearings work like trials. Your attorneys will be able to introduce evidence and call witnesses. 

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DuPage County divorce attorneyBeing married to someone with a mental illness can be difficult. Certainly, people with mental illness can enjoy long and successful marriages if they are receiving the appropriate treatment. A combination of medication and therapy can help a person with mental illness become a good spouse, a good parent, and a good provider. However, if your spouse is not adequately addressing their mental health issues and they are affecting your relationship, a divorce may be in order.

Getting a mentally ill spouse to cooperate with divorce proceedings can be a challenge. They may resist divorce, particularly if they are dependent on you. It is important to be represented by an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the twists and turns your case may take. 

Helpful Advice for Ending Your Marriage to a Person With Mental Illness

When you have made the decision to divorce your mentally ill spouse, you can expect some unique challenges. You know your spouse and how their mental illness affects their behavior better than anyone, so you may already know how your spouse is likely to handle being served with divorce papers. Other tips include: 

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DuPage County alimony lawyerIf you rely on your spouse for financial support, divorce can be particularly stressful. Especially if you have been out of the workforce for some time or sacrificed a potential career to devote yourself to homemaking, you may be worried about how you will support yourself after getting a divorce. In Illinois, if you were financially dependent on your spouse you may be eligible to receive spousal maintenance payments, commonly called “alimony.” This is in addition to any child support you may also be entitled to receive.

The goal of spousal maintenance is to allow you to get the divorce you need without fear of extreme financial difficulty. If financial concerns are stopping you from pursuing a divorce, our lawyers may be able to help you get the support you need to begin a new life. 

When Will Illinois Courts Order Spousal Maintenance?

There are very few hard-and-fast rules when it comes to a court’s decision to award spousal maintenance. Rather, there are a number of factors the court will consider when deciding whether alimony is appropriate in your case. These factors include: 

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