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Residency issues may be easier in a collaborative divorce

Each state has its own set of rules regarding residency prior to and during divorce. For the great state of Illinois, divorcing individuals need only 90 days of residency prior to filing for divorce. While three months may not seem like a long time, for some struggling marriages it is a lifetime. Fortunately, the divorce process as a whole may be made easier through a collaborative approach.

To make family law easier to understand, most states recognize and enforce the orders related to a divorce no matter which state it was granted in. However, for many couples making it through the process proves quite a bit more difficult from state to state.

Since every state has different laws regarding the residency, couples using the collaborative approach to divorce may have better luck and an easier time meeting these requirements. If it is understood between couples what is expected from them and what responsibilities they have, one spouse may file the divorce in their home state regardless of if their spouse has moved. Likewise, couples that work together through the divorce process and recognize out-of-state orders and requirements will only help the family court in the long run.

A collaborative approach to divorce is not for everyone. However, divorcing couples where one spouse is looking to relocate out-of-state may benefit by using this approach. Not only will the process be made easier, but the residency requirements and enforceability of orders may be made easier as well. For individuals interested in a collaborative approach to their divorce, speaking to a family law attorney experienced with collaborative law may help.

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