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Naperville family law attorneyYour wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. On that day, you and your new spouse will be legally joined so that you can begin building the rest of your lives together. Most people spend their wedding day surrounded by family, friends, and other well-wishers, and the costs associated with the event can be astronomical. A new study suggests, however, that the those who spend a great deal of money on their wedding may be more likely to get divorced than those who spend relatively less.

A Look at the Numbers

According to the Wedding Report, a market research firm, American couples spent $56.2 billion on their weddings last year. That amount is more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of about half of the countries in the world. When averaged over the 2.2 million marriages that took place in 2017, the numbers show that the average American wedding costs about $26,000.

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Naperville divorce lawyerNeedless to say, emotions can run high during a divorce. While some couples are able to end their marriages cooperatively and cordially, other marriages have much more dramatic endings. When one spouse is vengeful or resentful of the other, he or she may use certain tactics to get what he or she wants or to hurt the other spouse. Wasting assets is one of these tactics. When a spouse purposely spends marital property recklessly during the end of a marriage, he or she is guilty of something called dissipation.

Dissipation Defined

In Illinois, dissipation is defined as “the use of marital property for the sole benefit of one of the spouses for a purpose unrelated to the marriage at a time that the marriage is undergoing an irreconcilable breakdown”. “Irreconcilable breakdown” means that the marriage has come to the “beginning of the end.” In other words, the couple is no longer attempting to save the marriage or working toward any reconciliation.

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DuPage County family law attorneyWhen a married couple starts to consider divorce, often one of their main concerns is that the divorce will negatively affect the children. This worry is understandable considering divorce will dramatically change the family dynamics and living arrangements. The good news is that you do not have to go into a post-divorce life blind. There are many resources to help you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse create a parenting agreement or plan which will keep you on the same page about raising your children as divorcees.

Parenting Plans Allow Divorcing Parents to Agree on Child-Rearing Decisions Proactively

In Illinois, divorcing parents who wish to share custody of their children are required to create and submit a parenting plan to the court. The state-mandated requirements for this plan are minimal and experts suggest including more in the agreement than just the bare minimum. Every divorced couple’s parenting agreement will look differently because every family has different needs and challenges. Some couples feel comfortable outlining only a few aspects of how their children will be parented, while others include thorough information about specifics in their parenting plan.

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