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Naperville Divorce AttorneysWhen someone says their divorce is complex, you might envision the emotional entanglements of love lost, which can make agreements more difficult to achieve. Each divorce is complicated in its own way, but some marriage dissolutions end up more involved than anticipated, or necessary.

What factors influence whether your divorce is short and amicable or drawn-out and ugly?

Disagreements Over Separate and Marital Property

In Illinois, property division includes the determination of what is “marital property” and “separate property.” That is, the debts and assets acquired before the marriage and what occurred after the vows. During a divorce, separate property returns to the original owner, and marital property and joint debts are divided equally between the parties. Exceptions to the rule include inheritances or gifts given solely to one spouse during the union, which are typically counted as separate property. Contention sometimes arises from the determination of which assets fall into the marital property category.


Naperville divorce attorneysWhile all divorces are stressful and time-consuming to some extent, some divorces are more complex than others. One example of a highly complex divorce is one in which one spouse simply refuses to cooperate. He or she may attempt to hide assets in order to be awarded more of the marital property or tell lies about the other spouse in order to slow the divorce process or gain custody of children. In high-conflict divorces, spouses engage in hostile confrontation instead of legal negotiation about issues like spousal maintenance, child support, parenting time, or property division. High-conflict divorces require an attorney who is experienced at finding solutions to seemingly-unsolvable problems. In addition to hiring a dedicated attorney, spouses in the midst of a high-conflict divorce may find relief through the following suggestions.

Focus on the Future and Let Go of the Past

Complex divorces, like those which involve a totally uncooperative spouse, can be laborious. In addition to the legal processes that may need to take place, there is also a lot to process emotionally. Many spouses going through a high-conflict divorce are absolutely shocked that the person they once loved could purposely make their lives so difficult. Experts suggest that anyone ending their marriage allow themselves to grieve. Divorce is not unlike the death of a spouse in that although the other spouse is not technically gone, he or she may act like a completely different person once faced with divorce. Many divorcing individuals find that therapy helps them to grieve the end of their marriage and the loss of their partner.

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