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More celebrities opt for the friendlier version of divorce

Illinois movie buffs may know that Chris Pratt and his TV star wife, Anna Faris, ended their marriage. Recently, they finalized their divorce and opted to do so through the "conscious uncoupling" coined by Gwyneth Paltrow when she and ex-husband Chris Martin divorced. In fact, they made certain agreements that will keep them together as a family for a few more years despite the divorce.

More money equals a greater chance of divorce

As the economy improves and people begin earning and increasing their wealth again, some Illinois couples could find themselves arguing about money more often. Money has always been a source of tension for married couples, but the more money there is, the more arguments there could be. The research tends to back up the assertion that being rich makes your marriage more vulnerable to divorce.

Are video games leading to divorce?

Video game platforms can now bring people here in Illinois and across the world more realistic and immersive gaming experiences than at any other time in their history. This means that many people spend hours of their days playing video games. In fact, data from one source shows that as much as 5 percent of the divorce filings are blamed on one particular video game.

Gwyneth Paltrow kept her husband's name in the divorce

When ending a marriage, an Illinois woman may want to decide whether to keep her husband's last name. Being a superstar does not preclude an actor from taking her husband's name when getting married. A star may still be known by her Hollywood name, but on paper and to the neighborhood kids, a woman may be known by her husband's last name. For instance, she may be Gwyneth Paltrow to the rest of the world, but in her circle and to the kids at her children's schools, she's Mrs. Martin.

Making the best decisions for the family pet in a divorce

Many Illinois families have pets. In some of those families, the pets are more like children since many couples are either waiting to have children or have elected not to have them. When the marriage ends in divorce, the fate of the family pet often hangs in the balance.

Choosing among 3 different ways to divorce

When it comes time to end a marriage, Illinois couples have choices. They can choose among three primary ways to handle their divorces, and the way they choose could affect their individual futures, especially if they have children. Traditional litigation, collaborative divorce and mediation all provide couples the tools they need to get through the divorce process. The question is, which one will best serve a particular couple.

Kevin Federline wants more child support from Britney Spears

Illinois residents may have read reports that indicate Britney Spears has come a long way since the days when she shaved her head and attacked someone with an umbrella. Even so, her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, retains custody of their children. Up until now, Spears has paid Federline approximately $20,000 a month in child support, but now, her ex wants more.

It may be possible to avoid a contentious child custody battle

In many cases, both parents want what it best for their children, but that may be the only point on which they readily agree. When a couple in this position decides to divorce, they may believe they are relegated to allowing an Illinois court to make their child custody decisions for them. That does not necessarily have to be the case.

Hollywood takes on an unusual type of child custody arrangement

Unless an Illinois couple going through a divorce has researched possible parenting arrangements on the internet, it is possible that "bird nesting" is not something about which they have heard. This unusual type of child custody arrangement has gained notoriety in recent years as a viable way to divide parenting time. Now, Hollywood is taking on bird nesting in a new comedy series, "Splitting Up Together." However, divorcing parents considering this co-parenting option will want to get more information about it from a family law attorney.

Keeping premarital property in a divorce requires some work

Whether you are marrying for the first time or remarrying, you may have assets that you want to remain separate property should something go wrong. This can be done through a prenuptial agreement, but those assets may still need additional protection throughout the marriage in order to safeguard them in the event of a divorce. One of the first things to do in a Illinois divorce is identifying what property makes up the marital estate.