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What does divorce mean in Illinois?

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No marriage starts with a concept of how it may end. Divorce is a difficult subject to approach even if the spouses have agreed to end a marriage. Legal representation is worth considering in order to make sure life is not disturbed more than necessary during a divorce.

How do I get a divorce in Illinois?

The main requirement to apply for a divorce decree in Illinois courts is that at least one spouse must have lived in the state for at least 90 days before the filing. A couple must also prove "irreconcilable differences" in order to receive a decree ending the marriage. Living apart for six months is one way this requirement can be met.

What is the fastest way to get a divorce?

It is always hard to say how long a divorce will take. Some contested divorces can take up to 18 months in Illinois courts. The fastest way is almost always an uncontested divorce, in which spouses work together to resolve differences and decide how assets are split up.

What gets divided in a divorce?

Property like homes and vehicles, as well as assets like the contents of bank accounts and retirement plans, can be divided between the spouses if they were acquired or shared during the marriage. Arrangements must also be made for custody and responsibility for children and pets.

What other concerns enter into divorce?

Debts must also be split or settled by the spouses. Alimony, or maintenance, paid to one spouse to maintain a standard of living may also be mandated by the court.

Source: Illinois Legal Aid Online, "Getting a Divorce," accessed March 16, 2018

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