Families across Illinois and the Chicagoland area are busy preparing to gather with friends and family to give thanks, enjoy a homemade meal and take part in the annual rituals that accompany Thanksgiving Day. For individuals who have recently divorced, this Thanksgiving holiday will likely be very different from those of the past. While the absence of a spouse may bring sadness, for divorced parents it's often the absence of a shared child that is the most difficult change with which to cope.
I have previously written in this blog about the benefits of prenuptial agreements. Prenuptial agreements can help reduce confusion and conflict related to the assets and possessions retained by each spouse in a divorce. Additionally, prenups can ensure a divorcing spouse isn't saddled with a soon-to-be ex's student loan debt. Given the significant financial benefits of a prenuptial agreement, it's important to ensure that proper procedures are followed when drafting and executing such a legal document.
Divorce is a legal process through which matters related to a divorcing couples' assets, debt, property, personal belongings and children are decided. While on a personal level the divorce process is highly emotional, it's important to understand the legal aspects of the divorce process and how divorce laws can impact the outcome of one's divorce settlement.
Many Chicago area residents have likely seen at least one movie starring actress Halle Berry. According to IMDB, the Oscar-winning Berry has appeared or starred in nearly 50 television episodes and movies, including the 2001 drama Monster's Ball for which Berry became the first African American woman to win in the leading actress category.