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IL divorce lawyerWhile each divorce is unique, most divorces are incredibly stressful and frustrating. As divorces have been a cultural norm in our society, we are seeing an increasing number of later in life divorces, also known as grey divorces. Gray divorces are similar in nature to divorces that occur earlier in life, however, they often are met with unique obstacles that only arise from decades of marriage. Men and women considering divorce over the age of 50 should know what to expect as they begin to start this new chapter and be well prepared for the necessary changes.

Causes of Late-Life Divorce

Significant changes in laws and societal norms have allowed for a much smoother divorce process. This is substantially relevant for couples who belong to older generations who may have previously feared that their divorce would lead to rejection from their peers. While it is certainly possible that a late-life divorce is caused by the same issues as a couple divorcing in their 30s, divorces for older couples come with their own characteristics and consequences.

The cultural changes our society has seen over the years very often play a role in gray divorces, some of which include:

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IL divorce lawyerAll children are entitled to their parents’ support, including but not limited to financial, emotional, mental, and physical support. No matter the parents’ legal relationship or either parent’s age, no child should be denied the opportunity for a parent-child relationship. It is a shared duty of the parents and the child to establish paternity, which is the legal acknowledgment of the father and child relationship. In general, this is a straightforward process. However, in some cases, paternity is not determined so easily and may require the assistance of the courts and an experienced family law attorney.

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

Determining a child’s paternity can be extremely gratifying for all parties involved. When paternity is established, the father gains visitation rights allowing them to become involved in their child’s life.

A child can significantly benefit when the establishment of paternity leads to an increased standard of living. Coupled with the opportunity to form a meaningful relationship with their father, the child can benefit from any possible child support payments, the father’s medical insurance coverage, and any future inheritance. Additionally, when paternity is determined, the child will be able to fully access their family’s medical history.

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chicago divorce lawyerThe cost of college tuition continues to rise in the U.S. In fact, for the 2020-2021 school year, the average cost of tuition and fees was $41,411 for private colleges, $11,171 for state residents at public colleges, and $26,809 for out-of-state students at state schools. Parents who are getting a divorce may want to learn about who will be responsible for these costs when their child goes off to college. If you and your child’s other parent disagree about who will pay for college expenses, a skilled divorce lawyer can help.

Illinois Divorce Laws for College Tuition

In Illinois, divorced parents may be required to pay for their child’s college tuition. Parents may be required to contribute to their child’s:

  • Tuition, room, and board

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