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President Trump draws attention to DUIs with a proclamation

Illinois residents may be interested in what president Donald J. Trump said about drunk driving when he declared December 2017 National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. President Trump included statistics showing that, every 50 minutes, one person dies in an automobile accident connected to driving while impaired in the United States. The president discussed how driving impaired is a choice and encouraged people to pledge to drive sober.

He included a statistic to show the progress that has been made, educating the public about driving while under the influence. He stated that four decades ago, two-thirds of traffic fatalities were related to alcohol. Now, the number is significantly lower. However, in the past two years, alcohol-related traffic fatalities have increased. In just 2016 alone, 10,000 people lost their lives in alcohol-related fatalities. This accounts for 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016.

How to spot parental alienation

Parental alienation generally occurs after a divorce when parents decide that winning a battle with a former spouse is more important than the best interests of the child. There are many signs that a parent in Illinois has engaged in parental alienation. One sign may be that a child has asked a parent to not to take part in some aspect of his or her life, such as not attending sporting or other events.

A parent might also be asked by a child or the other parent to not take part in school meetings or conferences with teachers. Children could become defiant or try to get a parent to react angrily by acting in a defiant manner. In some cases, this can occur in children who had no previous behavior problems. Such situations typically begin when a parent consistently says negative things about the other parent to the child.

Choosing the right support team in a divorce

People in Illinois who are getting a divorce may want to seek assistance from a group of professionals. A therapist who specializes in divorce along with family and friends can help with the emotional side of the divorce. Other professionals can assist with the financial and legal side of things.

Some financial advisers specialize in matrimonial issues. They may have a background in divorce and be able to help a client throughout the process. For example, in the early stages of the divorce, the spouse may need to put together a financial history. Later, during negotiations over property division, there might be several options that should be evaluated. Finally, after a divorce, a person might need assistance with personal finance.

The best relationship for the children

Couples in Illinois and other parts of the country sometimes share parenting duties. This could be the result of a divorce, a separation, or the parents choosing to raise the child without entering into any type of relationship.

Co-parenting is typically approached with children's best interests in mind as they have no say when it comes to how their parents handle the dissolution of a relationship. The adults are responsible for ensuring that the children are cared for and have as normal a life as possible. Because of this, parents shouldn't avoid their emotions because children will see the actions that come from this, which could have a negative impact.

The necessity of a prenuptial agreement

Couples in Illinois, and around the country, who are planning to get married may be uncertain about whether they should first complete a prenuptial agreement. While the idea of a prenuptial agreement may make both parties uncomfortable, it is a conversation that couples should have when they get engaged, particularly if they have substantial assets.

A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that couples can use to specify how their assets should be divided if the marriage ends in divorce or with the death of one of the spouses. To determine if they should have a prenup, engaged couples should consider some important issues.

Separating credit and accounts in a divorce

Illinois couples who are getting a divorce may need to establish individual accounts and credit for themselves. This will help protect a person from a spouse's spending and allow that person to begin building up an individual credit rating. If a spouse is on an account as an authorized user, that spouse should also be removed.

Debts that belong to the couple may be split in the divorce, so people should not pay more than their share. Otherwise, they might not benefit from the advantage of only needing to pay half the debt. However, if a person's spouse is not paying bills and it is going to affect the person's credit, that person may need to pay in order to preserve good credit.

Financial planning during a divorce

Divorce can be financially difficult for everyone involved. Some Illinois courts divide property according to principles of equity (or fairness), though this does not necessarily mean that the property will be divided equally. There are some steps divorcing spouses can take to protect themselves financially during a divorce.

A good first step is to take stock of the household finances. If one spouse has been managing the budget, the adjustment may be more difficult for the spouse who has not been handling the bills.

The true process of ending a marriage

Even though a divorce may take many different forms, there are certain steps that Illinois residents must take. For instance, the first step in any divorce proceeding is to file the proper paperwork. It must be delivered to the other spouse as well. Once the paperwork has been filed, it is a good idea for an individual to move quickly on issues like child custody. Waiting to take action could weaken a person's position in the eyes of a divorce judge.

It may be necessary for someone to find an attorney prior to responding to divorce papers. To make finding a lawyer as easy as possible, individuals may benefit by talking to their friends, colleagues or other social contacts. Ideally, an attorney will be able to act in a person's best interest throughout the divorce process. This may be important when it comes time to start negotiating a divorce settlement.

Situations that could lead to divorce

Some Illinois couples might wonder whether they should get a divorce. There are a few situations that could result in a marriage coming to an end. Infidelity is one of those situations. This could be a one-time incident or it could be ongoing, and it might be emotional or physical. Some couples are unable to recover from it.

Money problems may also contribute to a divorce. Not having any money can put a strain on a marriage, but so can having different spending habits. Some couples may encounter problems if the husband makes less money than his wife. Addiction is another situation that can result in a divorce whether it is addiction to drugs or to a lifestyle such as working too much.

Studies look at factors in divorce risk

Illinois couples who have a child in the first seven months after getting married might be more likely to get a divorce than couples whose first child is born at least eight months after the wedding. Furthermore, if the first-born child is a daughter, the couple might also be more likely to divorce. Studies have identified these and a number of other factors that may predict the vulnerability of a marriage.

For example, research shows that people whose biological parents got a divorce are more likely to get a divorce even if the people were adopted. Women who grew up in religious environments are less likely to get a divorce than women who did not, and more attractive couples have a higher chance of divorcing.

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