Attempts at saving your marriage have proven unsuccessful, and now you realize you must move forward with a divorce. You likely have many questions and concerns at this time. At difficult times like these, having a trusted and knowledgeable divorce lawyer near you is imperative. Our Chicagoland divorce practice is dedicated to serving spouses of all family types and backgrounds. We have the skills necessary to effectively and proficiently resolve even the most challenging divorce cases.
Although each divorce is as unique as the couple seeking it, they generally all involve the same issues that must be settled. These issues include:
Each of these issues can spark emotions and arguments that make it difficult for a couple to settle without the help of a seasoned Illinois divorce lawyer. If the couple cannot reach an agreement, the issues will be taken before a family court judge who will determine the outcome. To have more control, many couples decide to hire their own attorney and work towards negotiating settlements that they can both live with. In fact, many divorce cases settle out of court.
Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, in order to file for divorce, at least one spouse must be an Illinois resident for the 90 days preceding the filing. The divorce can be filed at the circuit court in the county where the spouse initiating the filing of the divorce proceeding currently resides.
Illinois is one of many states that allow couples to have a no-fault divorce. In this type of divorce, the filing spouse does not have to prove that the other spouse did anything wrong. The filing spouse is only required to cite Irreconcilable Differences, stating that the union is “irretrievably broken,” meaning your marriage cannot be repaired, and you and your spouse no longer get along. Furthermore, attempts to reconcile must have failed or making such attempts would not be in the best interests of the family.
Illinois no longer recognizes fault-based grounds for divorce, such as adultery, cruelty, or drunkenness. However, such misconduct might still affect how the various issues in a divorce case are resolved, including spousal support, property division, and child custody.
If you are going through a divorce, you need a seasoned Illinois divorce attorney on your side to ensure your needs are met. Your attorney can help you meet the divorce filing requirements, ensure that all court deadlines are met in your case, and help you determine and work for solutions that are best for your entire family.
Schedule your personalized divorce consultation today by calling the Law Offices of George M. Sanders today or use our convenient online contact form.