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Be Aware of These Risk Factors That Often Lead to Divorce

DuPage County divorce attorneyAlthough ultimately, only you and your spouse know if divorce is right for your situation, relationship experts agree that there are factors that exist that decrease the likelihood of long-term marital success. Just as the presence of risk factors in your physical health does not mean that you will definitely receive a diagnosis, these factors do not mean that your marriage will ultimately result in divorce. The existence of these risk factors only means that you and your spouse will likely need to make a conscious effort to overcome these obstacles, typically through communication and compromise. Some common circumstances that increase the risk of divorce include:

Your Parents Divorced

Divorce impacts children significantly, and experiencing their parents’ divorce can affect their own relationships. However, a recent study indicated that biology also plays a role in the likelihood of divorce. A study published in Psychological Science researched adopted children, and the results indicate that the divorce pattern of adopted children more closely resembles that of their biological parents, rather than their adoptive parents. The conclusion the researchers found was that biologically inherited personality traits may play a larger role in the risk of divorce, rather than whether children witnessed a divorce in their own lives.

You Married Young

Our parents try to warn us as teenagers to hold off on marriage. Although for the most part, most of them are just concerned that their child is rushing into a big commitment, there is scientific evidence to back their concerns. Marriages that begin during the teenage years and even in the early twenties have a higher risk of divorce. However, this is also true for marriages that start after 32 years old, according to a study performed by the U.S. Census Bureau. Couples that marry between 25 and 32 have a 24% lower chance of divorce.

You Were Married and Divorced at Least Once

For many, a second marriage is a chance to get everything right that they got wrong in their first marriage. There is a higher maturity level, more stability, and more selectiveness when choosing a partner. However, studies indicate that second marriages have a 5% higher risk of divorce in the first 10 years than first marriages.

Speak to a Wheaton Divorce Attorney

If you are considering divorce, our DuPage County divorce lawyers can answer any questions you may have. Although we cannot tell you if ending your marriage is the best decision, sometimes just talking about it can help you determine the best path to take. At Andrew Cores Family Law Group, we will help you understand your rights and responsibilities, and we will represent you through every part of the divorce process. Call us today at 630-871-1002 to schedule your free initial consultation.







Is There a Peak Season for Divorce?

season, Wheaton divorce lawyersRetailers often consider the holiday season–late November through the end of December–as their peak season. But once Christmas and New Year’s end, does that signal the start of peak divorce season? A recent study published by a major university suggests it just might.

Sociologists Identify “Twin Peaks” in March and August

Last August, sociologists at the University of Washington presented the findings of a comprehensive survey of 14 years worth of divorce data from Washington State. Specifically, the researchers examined divorce filings from 37 of Washington’s 39 counties during the period from 2001 to 2015. What they found was there were consistently two “peaks” in divorce filings each year: one in March and the second in August.

University of Washington Professor Julie Brines, who led the study, attributed the March and August spikes to the “domestic ritual” calendar surrounding family holidays. In other words, couples tend to wait until after summer vacation and the Christmas season to file for divorce. Brines noted holidays are “emotionally charged and stressful for many couples and can expose fissured in a marriage.” In particular, if holidays “don’t live up to expectations,” unhappy couples may be more motivated to seek divorce.

Brines suggested the reason divorce filings peak in March–a couple months after the holidays end–is that “couples need time to get finances in order, find an attorney or simply summon the courage to file for divorce.” As for the August peak, Brines said the start of a new school year might “hasten the timing” for divorce filings among parents with young children.

Pursuing Alternatives to Divorce Litigation

Regardless of when you file for divorce, it is important not to rush into the process based solely on emotion. Even under the most amicable circumstances, divorce is a complex legal and financial process. You need to carefully consider a number of factors, including your children, your assets, and your ongoing living situation.

For many struggling couples, the last thing they need is a long, drawn-out court battle. There are in fact alternatives to traditional divorce litigation. Illinois recognizes several types of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, and collaborative law.

Mediation involves working with a trained mediator, a neutral third party who assists the couple in resolving issues such as child custody and spousal support. Collaborative law, by comparison, means each spouse hires their own attorney, but the parties still work together in a more informal, out-of-court process to negotiate a resolution to any outstanding issues.

If you are interested in pursuing either of these options, our experienced DuPage County family law attorneys can help. Contact our offices today to schedule a free consultation.




Latest Survey Highlights the Social Media and Divorce Connection

Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, divorce surveysA recent UK survey solidified what many couples, divorcees, and lawyers already knew: social media is bad for marriage and contributes to divorce.

A survey of 2,000 married couples in England found that one in seven partners contemplated divorce because of their spouse’s activities on Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Snapchat, or WhatsApp. The survey also found a partner’s usage of these social media sites contributed to at least one argument per week in 25 percent of the couples surveyed. Seventeen percent of couples, however, said social media usage led to arguments every day.

Furthermore, more than half (58 percent) of those surveyed claimed they knew their partner’s password even if the spouse was unaware they did. The reasons for knowing the password and subsequently checking their spouse’s account are typical amongst most couples: checking to see with whom the spouse is talking, keeping tabs on where and with whom their spouse is going out, and to see if their spouse is telling the truth about a variety of subjects. Fourteen percent of spouses specifically stated they snoop their spouse’s account for evidence of infidelity. Also, finding evidence of contact with exes and sending secret messages or inappropriate photos were found to be other targeted causes of arguments and reasons to snoop.

Social Media a Large Factor in Divorce Cases

The British survey supplements one conducted last year in the United States. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that 81 percent of divorce attorneys found an increase in the number of divorce cases over the past five years that used social media evidence to support a petition for divorce. Another 66 percent said that Facebook was their go-to site for finding online evidence for their divorce-seeking clients.

All in all, the trends are clear that social media acts as negative force in relationships, especially marriage. It fosters arguments (petty and serious) and promotes jealousy. However, for those seeking divorce, social media can serve as a useful tool for the necessary evidence to support a petition for divorce and aid in negotiations during a divorce battle.

Social media is playing a more prominent role in marriage and divorce. The right attorney can help you find the evidence you need to maximize your divorce, especially if the other party is at fault. If you are considering divorce, and have questions, contact the experienced DuPage County family attorneys at our firm for an initial consultation.