Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
A dissolution of marriage is the process through which two legally married persons become divorced.
In order to become divorced in Illinois, both spouses must either be legally separated for a period of at least six (6) months, or otherwise prove that they have been living separately from each other for a period of at least six (6) months. Both spouses will additional have to demonstrate to the judge that the they have irreconcilable differences that have lead to the breakdown of the marriage.
You may have to deal with the following legal issues throughout the duration of your divorce case:
efforts made by the court or your spouse towards conciliation
If your and your spouse have minor children together, you may also have to deal with additional legal issues:
child support payments
allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody)
parenting time (visitation rights)
educational (college) expenses, if the child(s) are currently enrolled or planning on enrolling in college
All decisions on the matters above will be incorporated into a marital settlement agreement at the conclusion of the case.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT GETTING A DIVORCE:
If both you and your spouse are in agreement to get a divorce, and the two of you DO NOT have any minor children together, adopted minor children together, nor are any of your currently pregnant, you may be able to file for a joint petition for simplified dissolution of marriage
If your spouse files for a divorce, and you do not want to get one or disagree to the terms of the divorce, you reserve the right to file a counter-petition