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If you're going through a divorce, you don't have to face the process alone. A Chicago divorce attorney can help you fight for your best interests.

Filing divorce in Illinois means that the courts could decided what property you get to keep, what debts you may owe, and if and when you get to see your children.

Connect with a Chicago divorce lawyer today and learn how to protect your rights in divorce. Simply fill out the case review form below to arrange an initial consultation today.

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Filing for Divorce in Chicago

Divorce laws are different in every state, and each county has its own rules. All divorces in Chicago and Cook County suburbs are subject to Illinois divorce laws, regardless of county. These include:

  • Residency requirement: One party of the divorce must be a resident of Illinois, or service-member stationed in Illinois, for at least 90 days prior to filing divorce.
  • Waiting period: If a couple is filing a no-fault divorce, Illinois divorce law requires that the couple live separate and apart for a period of 2 years, although in some situations the waiting period may be reduced to 6 months.
  • Grounds for divorce: Illinois recognizes both fault and no-fault divorces. Grounds in an at-fault divorce include impotence; adultery; desertion for 1 year or more; addiction to alcohol or drugs for 2 years or more; physical or mental cruelty; and conviction of a felony. Grounds for a no-fault divorce are irreconcilable differences that caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, along with the required waiting period.
  • Property division: Illinois is an equitable distribution state, in which property, assets and debts considered marital are divided in a manner deemed "fair" by the court, unless the couple can reach an agreement on their own.

Other issues that the court may decide as part of divorce process include spousal support, child custody and visitation, child support, and alternative dispute resolution. Each of these are decided on a case-by-case basis, and at the discretion of the judge.

A local Chicago divorce attorney may help you determine which of these issues are most important to your future and guide you through the process of fighting for them.

Get Help Today with a Chicago Divorce Attorney

If you're facing going through a divorce, you don't have to face it alone. You can connect with a local Chicago divorce attorney today and learn how to protect your rights.

Connecting with a lawyer is easy. Just fill out the case review form below to arrange your initial consultation with a Chicago divorce lawyer.

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Laws may have changed since our last update.  This is for informational purposes and is not legal advice.  Speak to a local divorce attorney for legal advice about your particular situation.