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Divorce Expo coming to Illinois -- but will it help couples?

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It is unlikely that any Illinois married couple wakes up one day and decides they are going end their marriage. The decision to divorce is one that can take months or even years. There are a lot of factors that go into ending a marriage, and a lot of decisions that need to be made. Couples must consider their finances, their children and their emotions before being able to go their separate ways.

Furthermore, Illinois couples will certainly need to deal with family law courts before being able to finalize their divorce. Questions of child custody, alimony and property division will need to be answered before a judge will make the divorce official. Without the right help and guidance, the court system can be complicated and confusing to couples. The courts can often add to the stress of a divorce.

One group is now trying to make the decision to divorce and the divorce process easier for Illinois couples. In order to do this, the group is holding a so-called divorce expo in Naperville. The goal of the expo is to educate people about divorce through different sessions.

In these sessions, attendees will be able to connect with experts and learn about the impact divorce can have on certain areas of their lives. Topics include everything from the financial impact of divorce to practical tips and parenting advice. The expo will also include a time to network with other individuals considering divorce.

While this divorce expo may give couples an overview of the divorce process, it is unlikely that the expo alone will be able to give couples the individualized help they need to complete a divorce. The decisions that couples make during their divorce can affect them for the rest of their lives. It will still be necessary for each spouse to meet with their own separate family law attorney to review all the necessary individual information about children, potential disputes with the other spouse, assets and finances. A divorcing spouse needs to make informed decisions in his or her own best interest, and to do that they need more guidance than an afternoon at a conference.

Source: Naperville Sun, "Divorce Expo hopes to ease sting of loss," Lara Krupicka, Aug. 6, 2012

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