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How to File for Divorce in Illinois


The decision to file for divorce is often one of the most difficult decisions in one’s life. Filing for divorce can be time consuming, costly, and complex. For these reasons as well as others, it is crucial that anyone considering ending their marriage be sure a divorce is what they truly want.

Once you are 100% certain you are ready to file for divorce, you will need to evaluate whether you want to hire counsel or attempt to navigate the process on your own.  Generally, there are several main steps that will need to taken in order to dissolve a marriage. read more

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Grounds for Divorce in Illinois

grounds for divorce

When a husband or wife makes the decision to file for divorce, there are several protocols they must follow. One of the initial steps an individual must take in order to file for divorce in Illinois is to file a Petition for the Dissolution for Marriage. In this document, the petitioner must outline the grounds for divorce. There are two primary categories to establish grounds for divorceirreconcilable differences and fault grounds.

Grounds for divorce

Irreconcilable differences have become somewhat synonymous with Hollywood nuptials. You may often hear the term on the news and in media outlets when discussing celebrity divorces (at least those that are more amicable). Irreconcilable differences are essentially “no fault” divorce cases where both parties agree that all resources have been exhausted in their attempts to amend the marriage but to no avail. The union cannot be reconciled and it is impractical and not in the best interest of the family unit to continue the relationship. read more

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