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Illinois Divorce Laws

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer, attorney fees,When it comes to divorce, the laws pertaining to alimony, asset, and property division, child custody and support and other related issues can vary from state to state. The differences between one state and the other might be enough for some to take their divorce on a road trip.

Facts About Divorce in Illinois

While divorce laws tend to vary from state to state, it is important to know the laws that oversee such matters here in Illinois. Here is a quick summary of some of the basics.

  • Illinois requires residency for at least three months (90 days) in order to file for divorce in that state.
  • Illinois is both a “fault” and “no-fault” divorce state. This means couples may pursue divorce under either category.
  • Illinois requires couples to make use of a mediator when working out issues related to child custody.
  • Determining child support payments in Illinois generally involves calculation of a straight percentage of expenses and incomes.
  • In Illinois, a judge is not required to consider a “joint physical care” arrangement of children if a divorce case proceeds to trial.

Different Divorce Laws Across the United States

For the sake of comparison and just for your information, here a few examples of some divorce laws or ruling tendencies from other states.

  • In Georgia, if you can prove your spouse is cheating they may not be entitled to any alimony.
  • In New Hampshire, you may be able to get a divorce in a single day. Also, the state has no minimum period of residency to file for divorce. Subsequently, many couples from Vermont cross the state line to get their divorce.
  • New Mexico and Mississippi are two of seven states that allow a spouse to sue the other’s lover for damages.

Get Sound Legal Advice from an Experienced Illinois Divorce Attorney

If the mistakes you or your spouse make become too much from which to recover, then perhaps a divorce is the correct next step. To ensure the process is handled properly and you are able to protect property and assets to which you are entitled, find and retain an experienced Aurora divorce attorney who can guide you through the process. The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.  understands the law, as well as the stress and anxiety that often accompanies a divorce. We provide a thorough review of all details that apply to your divorce to ensure a fair and equitable conclusion. To get the answers to your questions, please call our office today at 630-409-8184 and set up a consultation.


The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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