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Divorce is the process of legally dismantling a marriage. It can be a fairly straightforward process if the couple was not married long, had few assets, and can agree to the terms of their divorce settlement. When a couple cannot work together to develop a divorce settlement or had a long marriage that sprouted many assets, a divorce can take longer to complete.

Filing for Divorce in Illinois

In Illinois, one must have resided in the state for at least 90 days in order to file for divorce. The document that begins the divorce process is known as the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This document is filed with the circuit court of the county where the filer or his or her spouse lives, if they live in different counties.

In Illinois, all divorces are no-fault divorces as of 2016. This means that couples no longer have the option to cite a reason other than “irreconcilable differences” for their divorces.

Developing your Divorce Settlement

A couple’s final divorce settlement has many components. In every Illinois divorce, there is the equitable division of the couple’s marital assets. These are the assets the couple obtained during the marriage and those that changed in value due to the couple’s combined efforts, like a home purchased prior to the marriage that both parties’ income paid to renovate and establish equity within. Marital assets are divided according to a set of factors that include:

  • The length of the marriage:
  • The tax burden of each asset;
  • Each partner’s contributions to the marital estate; and
  • Each partner’s income and personal needs.

When a couple has children, a child support order and parenting plan are also part of the divorce settlement. Child support is determined using a formula that considers both parents’ incomes and the amount of time each parent has with the children. A parenting plan outlines the time the children spend in each household after the divorce and each parent’s responsibilities. This is developed using a set of factors to determine the child’s best interest, which include:

  • The child’s medical, academic, and personal needs;
  • Each parent’s willingness to cooperate with the court and the other parent;
  • Any history of violence with either parent; and
  • The child’s relationship with each parent and the others in each parent’s household.

In some cases, spousal maintenance is also part of the divorce settlement. This is money paid to protect the spouse who sacrificed his or her career to care for the couple’s home and children from suffering financially after the divorce. Generally, spousal maintenance is paid for a fixed period of time.

Work with an Experienced Palatine Divorce Lawyer

Contact The Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. today to set up your initial consultation with an experienced divorce lawyer at our firm. We are here to answer all of your questions about divorce and act as your advocate through each stage of the divorce process. Do not wait to start working with a lawyer – contact our firm today.

Contact Our Illinois Divorce & Custody Law Firm Today

You will find our attorneys to be flexible, responsive, and ready to begin providing exceptional representation to protect your rights and your best interests immediately. Call our law office now at 312-624-7656 to schedule a consultation about your family law needs at no initial charge.

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