Very few people going through a divorce like dealing with property division. Often, people can form attachments with the places, pets and other items that a couple can accumulate throughout the course of their marriage. However, property division becomes even more complicated when the family is an Illinois farm family.
Many times, family farms are passed down from generation to generation, and so farmers can be understandably reluctant to part from pieces of property that they have owned for their entire lives. Furthermore, they can be reluctant to part with any of the animals that they have raised on their farm. Even the farm equipment can be difficult to part with as they have developed sentimental attachments to them.
However, the spouses who marry into these families often feel as if they've earned at least a small piece of the farm from the countless hours that they've spent working on their farm. Other times, after sacrificing much for the good of the farm, they may feel as if they may be entitled to compensation for their sacrifices. Some spouses may even feel as if they would be better off with the property, especially if their other spouses wrong them in some way.
One way that Illinois farming couples going through divorce can do to ease the process of property division is to use a divorce mediator. Often, divorce mediation can help couples reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable for both. In this way, both farmers may be able to divorce each other in the most amicable way possible.
Source: Iowa Farmer Today, "Reducing the impact of divorce," Mike Rosmann, Sept. 28, 2012