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Choosing mediation: An important option for divorcing couples

Many people don't understand the importance of a collaborative divorce, mediation or arbitration. They believe that those services are only for people who want to work together to spend time resolving their issues or for parents or those with substantial assets.

However, mediation and collaborative divorces can be good for many couples who are splitting up. Mediation services, in particular, can help you and your spouse save money and time while going through divorce.

Addressing the financial anxieties of divorce

Among the things that can be sources of stress during a divorce are financial matters.

Feeling anxiety over money issues is pretty common here in the United States. A survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that over two-thirds of Americans report feeling somewhat or extremely anxious when it comes to their financial state.

Hiding assets in divorce: It's cruel and illegal

Regardless of what prompted you to file for divorce, you no doubt want to settle things as swiftly and amicably as possible so you can get on with your life. Your spouse's adversarial reaction to your decision may not have been unexpected, but when he or she threatened to make sure you "walk away with nothing," you knew you had a problem on your hands.  

You are definitely not the first person in Illinois to face a contentious spouse during divorce proceedings. That doesn't mean, however, that you have to sit back and do nothing if your spouse is trying to short change when it comes to property and asset division. There are ways to tell if your spouse is hiding assets, and there are things you can do to bring it to the court's attention.  

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