Divorce issues are governed by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act 750 ILCS 5/401 et. seq. This statute addresses all issues affecting families in divorce including child support, custody and visitation, distribution of property, separation, and maintenance (commonly known as alimony).
A divorce proceeding is commenced by filing a pleading entitled “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.” Once this document is filed with the clerk of court’s office, the other party will need to be served with the Petition by the county sheriff’s office or by a private process server. Once personally served, the responding party has thirty days thereafter to file their appearance in the action and file their answer to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The responding party may choose to retain an attorney to represent them or may elect to represent themselves, otherwise known as appearing “pro se.”
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