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Can I use the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act?

When a military service member chooses to divorce his or her spouse, a number of considerations must be addressed for the spouse. A number of benefits enjoyed by military spouses may still be available to them, depending on a number of factors. These protections and more are contained within the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act.

Know your rights if you are going through a military divorce

Serving your country in the military is an admirable thing to do. Unfortunately, this decision isn't always one that is easy on the family. Your spouse might get tired of the military life and decide that it is time to end the marriage. If you are a service member going through this situation, you need to make sure that you know your rights.

A messy divorce could affect kids' health for years

A recent study by researchers at prestigious Carnegie Mellon University provides divorcing parents with another reason to work hard at civility. The study revealed that adults whose parents' relationship during their childhood had deteriorated to the point of not speaking following a divorce were over three times more likely to contract common cold and flu viruses than those whose parents were still married or had moved on and stayed civil following a divorce.

New study looks at link between employment status and divorce

When an Illinois couple sees their marriage come to an end, many factors can contribute to the decision to split. A study that appeared in the American Sociological Review shared insights gained after a Harvard sociology professor analyzed data about approximately 6,300 couples collected over 46 years. When looking at the employment status of married partners, a different picture emerged for men and women.

You'll need help getting a military divorce in Illinois

Ending a marriage is a difficult thing to do. When it's a military marriage, it can be much more complex. If your spouse is on active duty, your divorce could be delayed for months. Then there's the issue of retirement accounts. Unlike employer retirement funds, which could be subject to division, military pension benefits can only be divided in cases where the marriage lasted at least ten years. There are a lot of rules and expectations involved with a military divorce, which is why it is in your best interest to work with a divorce and family law attorney experienced in Illinois military divorces.

Should a bankruptcy come before divorce?

Money problems commonly lead to marital discord and then to divorce. For potential divorcees who are swimming in debt, questions may arise as to whether they should file for bankruptcy prior to divorce. After all, they probably know that the divorce could involve prickly arguments over who was responsible for particular debts, and how to divide it. At the same time, a bankruptcy could eliminate troublesome debt with one fatal swoop.

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