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At the beginning of your marriage, both you and your betrothed were likely bright-eyed and crazy in love. However, life rarely works out the way you plan. One day, you may find yourself trying to figure out how to tell the person with whom you once wanted to spend the rest of your life that you want a divorce. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same in the end. Sometimes, the other spouse does not think the relationship is over and does not want a divorce. Even though this can make the legal process of ending your marriage more challenging, you can still obtain a divorce if your spouse refuses to acknowledge your desire for one.

Handling a Spouse Who Refuses to Call it Quits

In the state of Illinois, the divorce process is started when you file a Petition For Dissolution of Marriage with the clerk of the court in your jurisdiction. This officially asks the court to legally terminate your marriage, and it also establishes you as the petitioner and your spouse as the respondent. Once you have filed your petition, you are then responsible for notifying your spouse of your intent to divorce and of the hearing that will be held before the judge. Your spouse has 30 days from the date you filed the petition to file a response to the notice.

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divorce petition, DuPage County family lawyerWhen you were deciding whether or not to pursue a divorce, you probably thought about a number of things. Most likely, you considered who would get what property, how parenting arrangements would be handled, and the ways that you would make your life better after ending your marriage. You may not, however, have given much thought to the process of divorce, other than wondering how long it might take and how much it might cost. What about filing your petition for divorce? Did you know that you could have several options regarding where to do so?

County of Residence

According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, proceedings for a divorce “shall be had in the county where the plaintiff or defendant resides.” The law does not require you to file in the county where you last lived as a couple; rather, you can choose either the county where you currently live or that of your spouse if you do not reside in the same county. It is possible, albeit unlikely, that the court could direct your case to a different county on its own discretion.

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

630-409-8184

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

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