As a general rule, Illinois couples get married because they love each other. And they get divorced because they no longer do or, worse, they can no longer stand each other's company. That is hardly a recipe for a smooth, unemotional divorce process.
Divorce is a time of transition. A couple goes from a "we" to a "me." And, in the process, they need to separate their lives. One of the biggest items that must be disentangled is the finances. Doing so gets more complicated the more assets a couple has and the longer they have been together.
Child support must be paid -- even when it is hard to come up with the money. Failure to do so hurts not only the child, but the parent failing to pay, because of the penalties the state of Illinois will impose.
Our readers who are familiar with previous posts here most likely know a lot about property division. They have heard about terms like "marital property" and "non-marital property." And readers can make sensible guesses about what each term means. But how does Illinois law define those terms? And what effect do those definitions have on couples going through the divorce process?