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Divorce in Illinois spelled out in statute

In Illinois, getting a divorce ought to be streamlined and easy. Sometimes, that isn't what happens. Divorce can be messy and convoluted. When the court system is involved, a judge often takes over the decision-making process if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse cannot come to a collaborative agreement. You need to be informed of the statutes and rules that govern divorce in Illinois.

The first rule of law that Illinois puts forth is that at the time that you or your spouse file for divorce, you or your spouse must have been a citizen of the state of Illinois for at least 90 days. This holds true for everyone, even members of the military.

Some of the grounds for divorce in Illinois are that one of the partners in the marriage is impotent or that the man or woman involved in the marriage is already married and that person is living now. That means that the marriage is still valid and that the married partner is still alive. If your spouse has committed adultery after the wedding or has deserted you after you were married for a full year, you have grounds for divorce. All this must be provable to the court. You may, at this point, want to contact a legal professional who can answer the questions you haven't even asked yet.

If your spouse had been habitually drunk for a span of two years or guilty of habitually abusing illegal (or illegal use of legal) drugs for two years, you may be able to prove an at-fault divorce. Also, if your spouse has tried to commit murder by attempting to take your life using malice or by poisoning you, you certainly, under the laws of Illinois, can be granted an at-fault divorce.

Do you see your story here? If you do, or if your story is a little bit different but still has the same ring to it, you may want to contact a legal professional who is current with the laws of Illinois and can assist you with this.

Source: Illinois Statutes, "Dissolution of marriage act" Jan. 19, 2015

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