The national divorce rate has consistently hovered at around 50 percent for years now. Divorce is no longer seen as something to be feared or shamed, but a tool that can lead to personal happiness and free someone from the bonds of an unfulfilling marriage. That being said, traditional divorce litigation continues to be a lengthy and expensive proposition.
The so-called "baby boomer" generation is known for their positive contributions to society, including a strong work ethic, cultural revolutions (like the beatnik generation, and rock and roll, among others), technological and scientific advancements and pioneering medical breakthroughs. They are now gaining attention for another issue, though, and this one certainly isn't as positive: their record high divorce rate.
Chances are you're familiar with the traditional wedding vow. It includes such lines as, I take you from this day forward, for better or worse, in sickness and in health.
Illinois is officially in the rank of states that has legalized same-sex marriage. That status is due to be effective as of June 1 of this year. At that point, unless something else happens between now and then, Illinois will join 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gays and lesbians to wed and divorce.