Occupations With High Rates of Divorce

occupation, Wheaton divorce lawyersAny time researchers try to find trends in the divorce rate, there is always a “which comes first” debate that takes place. For example, when looking at professions or occupations that are more prone to divorce, the question must be asked, “Does this profession increase the likelihood of divorce or is the type of person more prone to divorce, for whatever reason, more inclined to work in this field?” Whatever the case may be, there is little question that divorce is more common among those who work in particular industries or jobs, and many such occupations have very similar stresses and challenges.

Police, Firefighters, and Armed Service Members

While it is difficult to imagine modern life without individuals who have committed themselves to public safety and national defense, these jobs are not without their downsides. Police officers and fire fighters often work long shifts, with a great deal of stress added to the equation. Servicemen and women spend months at a time away from their spouses and families, frequently leading to communication issues and deteriorating relationships

Athletes and Entertainers

Countless hours, extended travel, public attention, and a seemingly-constant party-like atmosphere place a strain on any marriage. Dancers, musicians, actors, and other entertainers—whether or not they are particularly famous—often struggle to maintain healthy marital relationships, sometimes in a manner that makes the cover of supermarket tabloids. Professional entertainers experience a divorce rate of more than 28 percent.

Servers and Bartenders

The unique work environment of a restaurant or bar can disrupt what most would consider a normal relationship schedule. Late hours, unpredictable income, and the constant people-pleasing attitude necessary for such an occupation can be sources of problems for many couples. Constantly being surrounded by alcohol consumption can also be problematic, and the foodservice and bar industries are notorious for issues with substance abuse.

Massage Therapists

Jealousy can play a major factor in any marriage, obviously, but in certain situations it can be even more problematic. The job of a massage therapist is one that involves a great deal of personal contact with other people. If jealousy is already a source of insecurity for a couple, it is likely to be made much worse, which combined with a relatively low average salary, can lead many to divorce.

Casino Workers

With all of the various establishments and industries that operate every day, year-round, it is interesting that one particular industry would carry the highest divorce rate of all. Those who work in casinos experience a divorce rate of over 31 percent, with gaming cage workers approaching 35 percent. As with most other jobs with long hours and a high-stress environment, relationships can be extremely difficult to maintain for many casino employees.

No matter what line of work you are in, if you are considering a divorce, contact an experienced DuPage County family law attorney. At Andrew Cores Family Law Group, we have helped hundreds of individuals find the happiness and peace of mind they deserve. Call 630-871-1002 to schedule your free confidential consultation today.






Choosing the Right Family Law Attorney

attorney, DuPage County family lawyersWhen you are preparing for a divorce, parental responsibilities proceeding, or any other matter of family law, the attorney you choose can absolutely affect the outcome of your case. You need a lawyer who is not only knowledgeable and well-versed in the law, but also shares your values and who can incorporate them in advocating on your behalf. To find the right attorney, you will need to consider a number of factors. Before making a final decision, interview several potential candidates and do not be afraid to ask lots of questions such as:

What is your experience?

Does the attorney practice primarily family law or is he or she a personal injury lawyer that sometimes handles divorce cases? The level of commitment you can expect is often evident in the answer to this question.

How many cases do you handle and how many go to trial?

Some attorneys thrive on litigation, while others see the courtroom as a battlefield of last resort. A high rate of litigated cases can mean one of two things: the attorney accepts a large number of clients who stubbornly refuse to negotiate; or the lawyer may struggle with finding mutually acceptable solutions.

What would your approach to my case be?

You probably have a concept of what your ideal outcome would be, and possibly even how to get there. Present your case to the attorney as objectively as possible to find out his or her perspective. Does he or she prefer or recommend mediation or collaborative law? If the attorney’s intended approach is vastly different from yours, you may need to consider an alternative.

Who will be handling my case?

Will there be one attorney with several paralegals? With the attorney who met with you be in charge or will your case be relegated to an associate? Will you be able to talk to the same person throughout your case? There are no right or wrong responses to these questions, but be sure you are comfortable with the answers.

How will you keep me updated?

Chances are, your case will take some weeks or months to fully resolve. Will your attorney let you know by phone, email, or traditional mail every time a new step is taken or will you get a summary every so often? Likewise, will you be able to contact the lawyer if and when developments arise on your end?

What will I be charged?

Does the firm bill by the hour? Is each phone call or email automatically a quarter-hour charge? Your attorney should also be able to give you a reasonable estimate of what he or she believes your case will probably cost. Obviously, much will depend upon the resistance and objections of the other parties, but you should be able to get at least some idea.

In choosing the right family law attorney, you have nearly limitless options. It is important to select the one with whom you believe you can work best. At Andrew Cores Family Law Group, we welcome your questions and encourage you learn more about our firm. Contact an experienced DuPage County family law attorney for a free initial consultation today.





Why Was a Guardian ad Litem Appointed to Our Case?

guardian ad litem, Wheaton family law attorneysWhen you are involved in a dispute over parental responsibilities or other concerns related to your children, it can be difficult to maintain objectivity, especially if the relationship between you and the other party is not ideal. Divorce situations are especially prone to acrimony and contentiousness, and unfortunately, the best interests of the child can be somewhat lost among the myriad of other considerations. A court-appointed attorney known as a guardian ad litem, however, can help refocus the proceedings on the child’s well-being, thanks to provisions offered by Illinois law.

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

Unlike other types of guardianship, such as those covered by the Illinois Probate Act, which provide far-reaching authority over another person’s interests for an indefinite period of time, the guardian ad litem, or GAL, is appointed for the specified proceeding. In fact, the Latin phrase “ad litem” translates to English as “for the suit.” While GALs may serve similar purposes in other areas of law, they are most commonly utilized in family law situations on behalf of a child’s interests. In Illinois, a GAL is required to be a licensed attorney, properly trained and qualified to serve in such a capacity.

The Duties of the Guardian ad Litem

The most important thing for parents to keep in mind when a guardian ad litem has been appointed to their case is that the GAL works as extension of the court. He or she has no interest in who “wins” or “loses,” but is instead focused on determining the outcome that would best serve the child. The GAL is required to conduct an investigation into the child’s living and family situation to identify best practices and area of concern. In doing so, he or she may interview the child, parents, and other relevant family members or individuals, review previous court proceedings, and observe the child’s home, school and community environments.

Based on the results of the investigation, the GAL utilizes his or her training and experience to develop a best-case recommendation regarding the outcome of the case. The recommendation is provided to the court as expert witness testimony, either in writing or in person, and is subject to cross-examination according to the rules of court procedure. The court is expected to give substantial weight to the GAL’s findings, as it is presumed that the GAL will have reasonably considered all relevant factors.

Protecting the Interests of Children

If you are going through a divorce and are concerned about the well-being of your child, we can help you petition the court to appoint a guardian ad litem. Contact a knowledgeable DuPage County family law attorney today for more information on meeting your child’s needs throughout the process. Call 630-971-1002 for a free consultation at Andrew Cores Family Law Group.