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Sexless Marriage is Grounds for Divorce

 Posted on April 15, 2014 in Kane County family law attorney

sexless marriage, grounds for divorce, Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois divorce attorneyAccording to The New York Times, men and women who are married have sex an average of 58 times a year, just over more than once a week. These statistics, of course, are varied''married people under 30 have sex about 111 times a year.

And it's estimated that about 15 percent of married couples have not had sex with their spouse in the last six months to one year,' reports the Times. Despite these numbers, a common phenomenon in marriage is the waning of sexual interest in one's partner. This can often lead to a sexless marriage'which in turn can lead to divorce.

A sexless marriage is not one in which the couple is merely not being consistently intimate, but rather one in which repeated sexual advances are ignored and the couple experiences a long period without any intimate activity at all.

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Safety in an Abusive Relationship

 Posted on March 28, 2014 in Kane County family law attorney

abusive relationship, violence, domestic violence, domestic abuse, Kane County family lawyer, family law, order of protection, IllinoisSometimes people in abusive relationships think that the relationship will get better or they don't think they can leave. Whatever the reason may be, there are many people suffering from domestic abuse and they need to know how to keep themselves safe in the relationship and even if they choose to leave.

DomesticViolence.org offers tips to domestic abuse victims to stay safe.

If you are in a relationship with abuse, but you do not want to or you feel you cannot leave:

  • Have important phone numbers available for you and your children such as an abuse hotline, a shelter, the police, and friends;
  • Tell nearby friends about the abuse so they can call the police if they hear anything suspicious in your home. A code word can also be used to notify them;

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Paternity Questions in Illinois

 Posted on March 12, 2014 in Kane County family law attorney

Paternity, Illinois, lawyer, attorney, family law, divorceHaving and raising a child is no easy task, especially if you are a single parent, and it can be even more challenging when you are unsure of who the child's father is. A simple solution to this problem is paternity tests, of which there are many different options to choose from.

Depending on the chosen test, the test can be administered at certain points during the pregnancy or after the child has been born. Paternity tests are used not only to reassure the mother of who the father of her child is, but also to reassure the father that he is the biological father of the child. The people involved, though, may also need reassurance about the test itself, as well as what it proves. Common questions about paternity testing 'have been answered by the American Pregnancy Association below: How much will establishing paternity cost, including the test and any additional expenses?

This depends very much on what type of test is taken. Tests that are administered before the birth of the child are often more expensive because of the additional hospital and doctor fees. The price can range anywhere from $400 to $2,000.

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Divorce Parties Gaining in Popularity

 Posted on February 28, 2014 in Kane County family law attorney

divorce party, celebration, single life, life after divorce, divorce recovery, Kane County divorce lawyerThe stigma surrounding divorce has waned as divorce as become more common. By some estimates, 50 percent of all American marriages end in divorce. The collapse of a marriage is even more likely, according to The Nation, in ultra-conservative states and states with higher conservative Christian populations. Two researchers from the University of Iowa told The Nation that this was in part because conservative religious beliefs and the social norms surrounding them 'decrease marital stability through the promotion of practices that increase divorce risk. An example of this could be the secondary status of women.

Bearing in mind that religion'which at one time may have encouraged couples to stay together even in a less-than-perfect relationship'may now increase the chance of divorce, it may come as no surprise that the stigma surrounding divorce is no longer a major factor. In fact, divorce parties, according to a recent Fox News article, 'are all the rage. In Las Vegas, divorce parties have hit new heights of popularity. Glynda Rhodes is a high-end divorce party-planner in Vegas. She told Fox that, 'if they want to burn their dress, or if they want to go to the spa'everybody has a different way they want to release.'

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How to Find Safety in an Abusive Relationship

 Posted on February 12, 2014 in Family Law

abuseIf you or a loved one are in an abusive relationship and do not know where to turn or how to get out, remember that you are not alone. The best way to find safety is to leave the abuser, but sometimes this is not easy to do, especially if the abused person is financially dependent on their abuser.

If you're married, divorce can take time. Your abuser, whether he or she was your spouse or not can still find you. After getting away safely, you should seek an 0rder of protection, which legally restricts your abuser from being near you, locations you frequent such as your home or workplace, and from contacting you.

Other tips from DomesticViolence.org to find safety include the following:

  • Get help from family and friends: They may be able to help get you out of a bad situation and get the legal or medical help that you need;

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Pet Custody During Divorce

 Posted on January 31, 2014 in Kane County family law attorney

For many couples who opt not to have children, a pet is considered a 'fur child. Unfortunately, according to the Huffington Post, 'the law would not agree. Joyce Tischler, director of litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund told the Huffington Post that, 'in the eyes of the law, they are really no different than the silverware, the cars, the home. This makes for some serious arguments during divorce when there is a shared pet, which, according to the Huffington Post, is more and more likely. 'Sixty-three percent'71.1 million'of U.S. households own pets, according to the latest National Pet Owners Survey. The bulk of those animals are dogs'about 44 million,' the Huffington Post reports.

Caring for these pets is big business, too. Americans are estimated to spend roughly $40 billion every year on pet care, up dramatically from an average of $24 billion in 1994. This is not only indicative of the rising popularity of luxury pet items, but also of American attitudes. 'More couples have fewer children than a generation or two ago and view their pet as their kids or companions,' reports the Huffington Post, 'owners pay $2,000 for an orthopedist to reconstruct a dog's knee' high-end pet stores sell rhinestone-studded dog collars, peanut butter biscotti instead of run-of-the-mill dog treats.'

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Divorce Less Common for Lower Income Families

 Posted on January 15, 2014 in Kane County family law attorney

Divorce Less Common For Lower Income FamiliesIf you are considering divorce in Kane County, your best bet is to seek the counsel of a qualified attorney from Van A. Larson, P.C. We believe that all family law cases have reasonable solutions if sought, and we fight tirelessly to deliver the best possible results for our clients. Despite the high divorce rate in the U.S.'approximately half of all marriages end in divorce'some people consider divorce an option only for the wealthy. According to US News and World Report, 'job insecurity and uncertainty about the future may be a key part of what's keeping many working-class Americans from getting or staying married. A new study from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found that there's a class divide when it comes to divorce.

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Optimism About Marriage Can Have Negative Effects

 Posted on December 18, 2013 in Kane County family law attorney

sad womanWhen two people get married there is always a sense of optimism. Everyone hopes that they will be together forever, especially the couple themselves. But a new study released recently shows that this optimism may not be good for the marriage. Hoping for too much happiness might end up in disappointment and even divorce.

The study was published in the Journal of Family Psychology in June 2013. The researchers, Justin A. Layner, Benjamin R. Karney, and Thomas N. Bradbury examined the effects of optimism have on the wives during their marriages. Over the course of four years, more than 250 couples were followed and surveyed about the happiness of their marriage.

If women in the marriage had high expectations, their optimism was rewarded with grief. The researchers wrote in their study that 'wives who predicted the greatest increases in satisfaction actually had the greatest declines in satisfaction.'' The negative effects included worse self-esteem, greater feelings of aggression towards their husbands and a worse reaction to stress in their lives. The negative effects were less in wives who had a more moderate view of their marriage.

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What is Considered Domestic Abuse?

 Posted on December 05, 2013 in Domestic Violence

Illinois Domestic Abuse AttorneyWhen a relationship starts becoming abusive, the person being abused may not even realize it. She may convince herself that the abuser is only upset and taking it out on her because he loves her or that the abuse was an accident.

Some people have a set definition of what qualifies as abuse and the truth is, many things can be abusive and it really depends on how the person being abused feels about it. One thing that is certain is that no one has to stay in an abusive relationship. Family law attorneys in Batavia, Illinois can help protect you from your abuser with an Order of Protection.

Abuse typically starts out small and builds into much more aggressive acts. Some actions that are considered abusive and also may lead to worse acts of harm, according to DomesticViolence.org, include:

What is Considered Domestic Violence in Illinois?

 Posted on November 23, 2013 in Kane County family law attorney

illinois-domestic-violenceAlthough most of us wish it were not true, domestic violence is in fact a pretty serious issue in our country. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, almost one in four women in the U.S. will be physically assaulted or raped by a close partner at some time in their lives. Domestic violence is real, and it is a growing problem in our society. Surprisingly, most people are not aware of what domestic violence means exactly.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan states, on her website, that anyone who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family/household member has broken Illinois domestic violence law. 'But who falls under the category of another family member or household member? Illinois State Police consider the following persons to fall under this category:

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