Divorce is one of the most sensitive and complex legal processes that a couple can go through. When minor children are involved, the process can be especially heartbreaking and upsetting for them.
When the parties are able to come to an agreement about disputed issues involving child custody, child support, spousal support, and marital property division, it helps to streamline the process. However, this does not always happen, and the court might have to decide the outcome of these disputed legal issues for the divorcing spouses.
When spouses dispute various issues in the divorce context, you can rely on the Arlington Heights divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. for experienced, goal-oriented legal representation. Our legal team will work to make the divorce process as simple as possible for you and can help to resolve or litigate any disputed issues.
There are many reasons why a couple may wish to divorce. For instance, the couple may have disagreements about finances, or there may be domestic violence or abuse involved in the relationship. However, in recent years, Illinois changed its divorce laws to only allow people to file for “no-fault” divorce. Gone are the days when one spouse could file for divorce based on the other’s adultery, cruelty, or other types of misconduct. Instead, a spouse must file for divorce based on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.”
In order to satisfy these grounds, the spouses must also satisfy certain time requirements. Under ordinary circumstances, the spouses must have lived “separate and apart,” even if they both reside at the same physical location, for a period of at least two years. Moreover, there must be irreconcilable differences between the spouses, and the spouses’ attempts to reconcile their marriage must have failed.
In some instances, the two-year requirement could be waived if the spouses have lived separate and apart for a minimum of six months prior to their decree of divorce is entered by the court, and both spouses have agreed, in writing, to waive the standard two-year waiting period requirement.
An experienced Arlington Heights divorce attorney can help you determine whether you have met the time requirements necessary for a no-fault divorce in Illinois. We can also assist in resolving the many issues involved in a divorce case, including property division, child-related matters, and spousal support.
If you are in the midst of divorce proceedings, or if you are contemplating a divorce, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can assist you throughout the process. The knowledgeable divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. will do everything possible to bring about a fair and efficient resolution of your case. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Arlington Heights divorce lawyer, please contact us online today.