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Getting to the heart of what a prenuptial agreement is - and isn't

"Why would someone want to sign a legal document sealing their fate to get divorced?"

That is a question pointedly asked at the outset of a recent article spotlighting prenuptial agreements. The gist of that piece clearly stresses that, in fact, prenups have no close bearing at all on subsequent marriage life or as a barometer of marital behavior.

Helping Kids Handle Divorce: 3 Things To Know

Wondering how your divorce will affect your children is a natural concern. After all, in most cases, divorce is undeniably difficult for kids in the short term.

But most kids are remarkably resilient. They usually find surprising ways to move forward, despite their parents' splitting up.

Here are three important things to know as you seek to raise a kid who will be well adjusted for the long run.

Steps you can take to secure proven family law counsel

A recent U.S. News & World Report article on family law duly notes the need for any individual facing material legal challenges to secure the services of a truly experienced attorney. That piece stresses that a person needing help likely has little or no background in what is a highly specialized and singular realm of focus.

Conversely, proven legal counsel does.

Illinois judges can create custody agreements for pets

More and more Illinois couples are viewing pets as part of the family. These fur balls are here with us for the highs and lows of daily life, so it's only natural to start treating them less as objects and more as family members.

In some divorces, the hardest conversation features the four-legged family member.

You need a family law attorney: How do you find the right one?

Most people might candidly admit that it can be hard to decide at the end of a long day something as seemingly simple as what to cook for dinner or what television program to watch.

Even such trivial things can make for hard choices when they compete for limited time and attention in our busy and complex lives. There is always so much to think about and do.

What do not-quite-rich divorcing couples fight most about?

If you answered "money" to the above-posed question headlining today's blog post, go to the front of the class.

Actually, the query wasn't that difficult, was it? Financial considerations are front-and-center concerns in legions of divorces in Illinois and nationally, and they are hardly the special province of a particular group. Many divorcing couples who face dire money challenges understandably focus on equitable asset distribution, just as do ultra-wealthy spouses in the dissolution process.

Forbes: Pre-nuptial agreements: A hedge for happily ever after

A financial writer and adviser recently penning a family law-linked article for Forbes notes the notion of "forever" that is so inextricably tied to betrothals for young married couples.

And then Rob Clarfeld duly spotlights "that close to half of all marriages in the United States end in divorce."

The Brangelina divorce might ring similarly true with yours

We see them all the time jet-setting off to one of their multiple properties spanning the globe, kids in tow. No viewer has to surf cable channels for long to see either him, her or both of them together starring in one of the huge number of movies they have made. If he's not on the cover of Magazine A, it might be because it's her turn. If she was featured in last month's Vogue, it's back to Brad.

Pitt, that is. With his counterpart of course being Angelina Jolie. Collectively, they are globally known as the power couple Brangelina. Virtually every aspect of their lives is spotlighted in media tabloids.

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