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The Most Catastrophic Mistake to Avoid in a Stay at Home Mom Divorce

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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Regardless of whether you're the one driving the decision or are on the receiving end of such shocking news, for stay at home moms divorce and the end of a marriage can be utterly terrifying.

The worries pour in and flood your mind filling you with anxiety. You lose sleep thinking about:

  • Will I be able to afford to stay in the house?
  • How will I pay off those credit cards?
  • How will I be able to put my kids through college?
  • How will I save for my retirement?
  • Will I receive enough child support and alimony (spousal support / maintenance)?
  • Will I have to get a job and join the work force? If so, how will I do it?
  • How will I support myself and my children after the divorce is finalized? 

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

In a stay at home mom divorce, all of this boils down to fear. And money.

And it makes perfect sense given you don't currently have full-time employment and don't earn an income and you haven't had a career or been in the workforce since the kids were born.

And you may not even have visibility into the household finances. 

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediator vs. Lawyers, Divorce Mediation

Is Divorce in Illinois without a Lawyer Possible?

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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Now that you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may be wondering how to get a divorce in Illinois without a lawyer.

Maybe you're asking this question because you have a friend or family member who went through the divorce process in Illinois using lawyers. So you know how long it took and messy it was. And you want to avoid that happening to you.

Or perhaps you and your spouse get along reasonably well and you want to keep things civil for the sake of your kids. You don't need Illinois divorce lawyers stirring the pot and creating disagreement where there wasn't any before.

Or maybe you simply don’t want to waste money on a pricey divorce. Illinois lawyer retainers cost $3,500 to $10,000 per person and you've heard even a "straightforward" divorce process in Illinois using attorneys can cost $25,000 or more!

No matter what the reason, the good news is... Yes, you can get a divorce without a lawyer! And you don't even have to risk making costly mistakes the way you would with a diy divorce.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediator vs. Lawyers, Divorce Mediation

How to Successfully Mediate a High Conflict Divorce

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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Are you a high conflict couple and don’t think you can mediate your divorce?

Think Again.

If you’ve done your homework and researched the various options for getting a divorce, you probably learned that mediation is the most peaceful, fair and cost-effective way to go.

But what if you and your spouse are fighting constantly and you can’t imagine getting through a conversation together, much less a divorce mediation session?

Do you think you have no choice but to resort to hiring lawyers?

You don't have to.

You can resolve your high conflict divorce using a mediator.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediator vs. Lawyers, Divorce Mediation

The articles in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice, financial advice, emotional advice or counsel.

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