One of the most challenging issues for a couple to face is that of terminating the marriage. Indeed, even if a marriage has felt over for years, taking the legal steps to dissolve it and move forward can be very emotional. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our experienced Winnetka divorce lawyers are here to guide you through the process of filing for divorce, protect your privacy, and advocate for your best interests.
In order to file for divorce in Winnetka, at least one spouse must have lived in the state of Illinois for a minimum period of 90 days. If you and your spouse have not lived within Winnetka for at least 90 days, the state will not have jurisdiction over your divorce.
Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, which means that a person can seek a divorce from their spouse without having to prove that their spouse committed an act that justifies the divorce, such as adultery. Instead, there is only one grounds for divorce in Illinois: irreconcilable differences. This means that the marriage is irretrievably broken, attempts to reconcile the relationship have failed, and that future attempts at reconciliation would not only be futile, but would also not be within the best interests of the family (750 ILCS 5/401(a)).
When a couple is terminating their marriage, there are a number of issues that they will need to resolve. These include things such as whether or not alimony will be part of a divorce settlement, with whom children will live and how parenting time will be shared, and how property will be divided. As Winnetka is one of the wealthiest areas in the nation, many couples may find that dividing property and assets is especially complex, and the need for an attorney is even more pressing.
If you are filing for divorce in Winnetka, working with an experienced lawyer can prove helpful. Not only will an attorney help you to understand the requirements for divorce and how to begin the process, but an attorney can also represent you in negotiations with your spouse, and represent you in the courtroom if a divorce cannot be settled out of court.
To schedule a free consultation with a driven Winnetka divorce lawyer, contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. today. Our legal team is committed to working for you.