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How specific should I be when listing grounds for divorce?

The first step in a divorce is making the decision to end the marriage. Once that emotional decision is made, the formal process begins. You need to file the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage papers in your area, papers that will be served to your spouse. 

Comparing and contrasting Illinois fault and no-fault divorce

For many years, Illinoisans only had one way to get divorce: by showing that the other spouse was at fault for the divorce. More recently, the legal system has moved away from such requirements. But, just because no-fault divorces are now popular does not mean that an at-fault divorce is never the right choice for Illinoisans. To understand which is right for them, keep reading.

What property issues should you think about during divorce?

Whether an Illinoisan has begun a divorce or is merely thinking about it, the process can be intimidating. That is normal. The process is unfamiliar, while the stakes are life-altering, from alimony to child custody to property division. Add to that mix the emotions that are almost certainly running high, and it is no wonder Illinoisans are nervous. But, those nerves can be alleviated through preparation. To learn more about how to prepare for the property division portion of the divorce, keep reading.

Some divorces go faster than others

Normally, when Illinoisans read about divorce or talk to their friends and family about it, a common refrain is that the process is long, messy and expensive. Often that sentiment is correct. Many divorces center on couples who can no longer work constructively together to sort through difficult issues like alimony, child custody and property division. That makes sense. After all, the inability to function together is a typical symptom of a couple seeking to part ways. But not every divorce has to crawl forward, racking up fees along the way.

What divorce does and does not do

Deciding to divorce is a big step, a decision with life-altering ripples. Before making that decision, Illinoisans should consider what divorce can do for them and, just as importantly, what it cannot do. Doing so will better arm them to decide whether to go through the emotion and expense of the process.

Protecting personal information during divorce

During marriage, Illinoisans interweave their lives with their spouses. That means joint financial accounts and often sharing of social-media accounts. When the marriage is going well that trust can be a benefit. But when the marriage goes south, that trust can be a source of serious harm.

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