As if many divorce settlements were not complicated enough, the state has put together a maintenance formula, which is explained in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Basically, the act contains guidelines for establishing the amount and duration of a maintenance award, if the court considers this kind of payment to be appropriate.
Prior to the decision to file for divorce, many couples see an uptick in the number, duration and intensity of their arguments. Their emotions can lead to more frequent and more heated fights, that involve everything from bad language to physical violence. Studies have shown for years that domestic abuse in a home has an obviously detrimental impact on children, even if they themselves aren't necessarily the target of the abuse. Recent research indicates that the act of yelling at or around children could, in some ways, be just as detrimental.