Recognize the Signs of an Impending Divorce
By: M. Scott Gordon
Are there clear signs that divorce is imminent? And are they reliable predictors for divorce for couples living in Chicago? A recent study discussed in USA Today reported on the “divorce capital” of each state, seeking to identify the location in each state in the U.S. where the most divorced individuals live, as well as where divorce rates have been highest in the last year. Given that the American Psychological Association still puts divorce rates at between 40 and 50 percent of married couples (and a higher rate for remarriages), it is important to consider the numerous factors that play a role in determining the likelihood of divorce and whether couples’ therapy or other interventions can help to correct the issues that are leading to an impending divorce.
Where Are the Highest Rates of Divorce in Illinois?
Chicago residents should know that the highest rates of divorce are not in the city. Instead, the highest rates of divorce in the state occur in Litchfield, Illinois. Not only do a high number of divorces occur for residents of Litchfield, but this area of the state also has the highest divorced population at 19.8 percent. The state of Illinois on the whole has a divorce rate of only 9.8 percent, with a married population of 44.9 percent.
Where else are divorce rates high in Illinois? According to a report from Rockford 96.7, Chicago itself is not among the cities in the state with the highest divorce rate. However, numerous areas of Chicagoland are cited, including but not limited to:
Common Signs of an Impending Divorce
In some situations, recognizing that your spouse is unhappy—and that you may be unhappy in the relationship, as well—can help you to consider whether divorce is the right choice for you, or whether there may be opportunities to repair the marriage. An article in Psychology Today lists the following as the most common signals of divorce:
Contact a Chicago Divorce Attorney About Your Case
Just because signals of divorce exist does not mean that a marriage necessarily will end in divorce. However, if the marriage cannot be repaired, a Chicago divorce attorney can help with the next steps. Contact Gordon & Perlut, LLC today.