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What Common Life Events Can Lead to Divorce?

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Divorce can happen due to a variety of reasons. While there are multiple factors that can contribute to the breakup of a marriage, there are often major life events that may have contributed to the situation. Our Illinois divorce attorneys explain five common life events that can cause problems in your marriage. How you and your spouse handle them can affect the chance of getting a divorce in Illinois. 

1. Having Children

Having children is one of the most profound and joyful events a couple can go through. Unfortunately, it can also put major pressure on their relationship. Dealing with the demands of infants or toddlers and dealing with rebellious teens can all reveal fundamental differences between spouses that lead to major fractures in the marriage. In this situation, your rights to child time-sharing and support are protected under the Illinois Statutes

2. Going Through the Death of a Loved One

Just as going through the birth of a child can have a major impact on your relationship, so can dealing with the loss of a loved one. Particularly if it was a close family member, feelings of grief can go on for decades after, impacting every area of your life. Eventually, this may put distance between you and your partner and can contribute to breakdowns in your relationship.

3. Losing a Job or Switching Careers

Business Insider reports that money problems remain one of the leading causes of divorce and losing a job or switching to a lower-paying career is one of the most common reasons. Even if you discussed the type of lifestyle you wanted to live in advance, circumstances and priorities can change over time and may lead to serious trouble in your relationship. 

4. Serious Health Issues

Accidental injuries, chronic health conditions, and major illnesses can wreak havoc in you and your spouse’s life. The demands placed on one partner to provide for the other and other major changes serious health issues bring about in a marriage can, sadly, end up contributing to divorce. 

5. Retirement

After spending decades with your partner and supporting them in your career, it can come as a shock when they announce their intent to divorce. In this situation, you may be entitled to a portion of their retirement benefits as part of marital property division, as well as spousal support. You may also be able to claim a portion of their Social Security benefits.  

Reach Out to Our Illinois Divorce Attorneys

Whatever the reasons leading up to it, divorce is never easy. At the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group, we provide the caring support you need during this difficult time and make sure your rights are protected. To request a consultation, reach out and call or contact our Illinois divorce attorneys online today.

There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.


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Lisle, IL 60532

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