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If you and your soon-to-be-ex had a difficult time communicating while you were together, how are you supposed to communicate now that you are going through a divorce ?

It is important to understand that channeling your anger and frustration will have consequences. A lack of constructive communication can result in a lack of productive legal action, leading to additional costs (e.g. attorney fees, court fees, etc.) and a greater emotional toll on you and everyone else involved, including your children .

Furthermore, if you say the wrong thing to your spouse or one of his/her friends, or give a status update on social media, it could end up causing you a lot of serious damage in your divorce case. Always assume that if you say something that can be misquoted or misinterpreted to your disadvantage, then it will be.


If you discover that your spouse is having an extramarital affair with another person, you may wish to file for divorce on grounds of adultery.

However, doing so might not lead to the results you are looking for. Although Illinois recognizes adultery as divorce grounds, you could most likely end your marriage in a quicker and more economical manner if you filed on the state's no-fault grounds instead.

No-Fault divorce vs. Fault-Based divorce

No-fault divorce is a type of divorce you get when the marriage is over, but you do not want to explain why in court. In general, you can get ano-fault divorce by explaining in your divorce paperwork that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” (i.e. so damaged that it is beyond repair) or that you have “irreconcilable differences” ( and your spouse cannot resolve your arguments) - and that's it.


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Regardless of whether you decided to end your marriage or your spouse did, getting divorce d is painful. Nobody gets married and expects for the marriage to end. divorce can be expensive, stressful, difficult for your children , and erratic.

While it may not quite seem possible now, you can have a happier life after divorce than you can imagine. Keep in mind, the happiness won't just become apparent automatically. You need to help it along by changing your mindset from one that expects more damage and pain, to one that starts to expect that you will have a fresh new start in life with boundless possibilities for the future.

the following are several ways to have a happy (or at least a happier) divorce :


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As soon as the final hearing has commenced and you've signed your divorce agreement, you may feel a huge sense of relief. You are now free to start a new chapter of your life with out the burden of court dates, attorney fees, or invasion of your privacy. Everything can return to normal.

However, beginning a new life comes with its own set of obstacles. Additionally, some aspects of your divorce may come back to haunt you.

the following are several, common mistakes individuals make after divorce that can cost them extra, land them back in court, or extend the timeit takes to move on:


A house is typically a couple's most valuable financial asset, and most people are emotionally tied to their home as well, especially when children are involved. For those reasons, the questions of whether one spouse should move out when the other decides to divorce can be a contentious issue.

Although it may seem like moving out would probably be best for all parties involved, kids included, to avoid conflict, this decision can often do more harm than good in your divorce case. Staying in the house with your children creates several important precedents for the court to consider when making final, binding decisions in regard to your life after marriage.

Before packing your bags, consider the following when deciding whether or not to move out of the family home:





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