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Should I Get Divorced?

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Feb 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

When you're married, it's normal to experience relationship lows like fights, emotional disconnect, and dry spells in your sex life. If those problems don't ever seem to go away, you may start to wonder if this is less of a “rough patch”, and more of an omen of the inevitable:  Divorce. If you're...

5 Tips to Help You Get Through Christmas after divorce

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Dec 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most difficult times of the year for divorced families is undoubtedly the Christmas Season.  The first couple of years can be particularly rough. It's hard to let go of old traditions.  Also, Christmas memories from before the divorce are still raw.  Due to the changes in family dynami...

Coping with Life After Divorce

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Oct 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorce is an agonizing experience.  Determining and your family's new life in the weeks and months after the divorce can be a real challenge.  Then when you add life's everyday stresses to the mix, it can seem completely overwhelming. There are several approaches you can take to establish some s...

Selling your home during a divorce

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Oct 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

Selling or buying home can try anyone's patience. Throw in an ongoing divorce, and it could easily turn into an experience to forget. Realtors run into this situation all the time. Here are a few of their tips to make the experience less painful, less difficult, and more efficient for everyone: ...

5 ways to make divorce less expensive

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Sep 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

These days, a traditional divorce for a couple over 45 with substantial assets can cost up to $100,000, or even more.  However, there are ways to keep your divorce fees far lower than triple figures. The top five: Choose a firm that utilizes a “team” approach. If you ask the partner to do ev...

Social security after you’re divorced

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Aug 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

No one would deny that Social Security is complicated. With about 2,700 policies governing benefits, it is no surprise that financial advisers and their customers are often confused as to how to maximize benefits. When it comes to divorced clients, multiply that confusion times two. As strategies...

Divorce is for adults, not for children.

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Aug 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

Common sense should dictate that you leave the children out of the nuts and bolts and day-to-day struggles of your divorce, even if that divorce involves a custody battle. Children are not emotionally equipped or mature enough to understand and deal with all the emotions that accompany a divorce...

Don’t lie to your divorce attorney. Here’s why:

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Jul 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

For some reason, and God only knows why, there is a small but consistent percentage of clients who feel that they need to withhold information from their attorney.  Let me propose some other scenarios to you, and you decide if the people in them are behaving rationally or irrationally: Scenario o...

Don’t shut down, stay engaged!

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Jul 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Maybe your problem isn't anger or impulse control.  Maybe your feelings about the divorce do not fall under the “retribution/get even” portion of the spectrum.  Maybe this divorce caught you completely off-guard. Maybe you didn't see it coming at all. Maybe it's as surprising as a meteorite falli...

Don’t create more things to fight over!

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Jun 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

You've made a common mistake and moved out of the house once the divorce started.  It's okay, a lot of men make this mistake. However, it's critical that you don't immediately compound that mistake by making another one. I'm talking about purchasing another place. Most personal finance articles a...

Contributions to College Expenses in Illinois | Part Two

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

In part one of this article I gave you a brief overview of section 513 of the Illinois Marriage and dissolution of Marriage Act, which deals with contribution to your child's college expenses.  In this part two, I will delve deeper into what some of the details and exceptions are to the general r...

Contribution to College Expenses in Illinois | Part One

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | May 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

Illinois is one of the few states that compels divorced parents to contribute to their children's college or post-high school education. Yes, that's right, even after your children emancipate and are done with high school, Illinois requires you to keep on giving. Contributions to college expenses...

Life After Divorce in the State of Illinois

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Apr 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

The new year is an opportunity for a fresh start.  This is your chance to reflect on the year that has gone by, plan for the future and renew hope for happiness and success.  Those who divorced in the prior year are especially excited about the transition to 2019. If you are divorced and paying c...

How to protect your finances in an Illinois divorce

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Apr 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Divorce has the potential to devastate your personal finances.  If you have already filed for divorce or if you and your spouse are nearing a divorce, there are some important steps to take to protect your finances.  Here is a quick look at how to safeguard everything you have worked so hard to a...

TIP #5: How “Social” can you afford to be?

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Jan 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

One area that is increasingly more critical every year, is social media accounts.  The rise and pervasiveness of social media over the past five years has been nothing short of frightening.  The amount of information and the unrestricted views into your private life that social media displays on ...

TIP #4: You are not an ATM.

Posted by Joseph Emmerth | Jan 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

One of the most critical areas at the beginning of a divorce are your financial accounts.  If your wife files for divorce, or if you are planning for filing for divorce you need to lock these accounts down immediately.  Here are the crucial things you need to do: Take half of the checking and ...

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