Grounds for Divorce in Illinois

What conditions must exist before you can dissolve your marriage?

Getting a divorce requires more than simply asking for one. Illinois law states that a court may enter a decree of divorce only if certain statutory grounds exist. In the past, these grounds were limited to instances of fault - such as adultery and abuse. Like most other states, however, Illinois has realized the need for no-fault grounds to allow spouses in unworkable marriages to move on with their lives. Our attorneys at Downs Law Offices can explain what you need to prove in order to obtain a divorce and can help you navigate the process as expediently as possible so you can get on with your life.

Illinois no-fault divorce

No-fault divorce, called divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences in Illinois, allows spouses to obtain a divorce without alleging or proving the existence of fault grounds. However, even a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences has a number of requirements the parties must satisfy. As a result, obtaining a no-fault divorce requires substantial planning even prior to divorce filing.

Fault grounds for divorce in Illinois

Contrary to what many people think, alleging and proving fault has little or no effect on determining distribution of marital property. By speaking to a divorce attorney before beginning the process, you can better understand how certain issues which may be called misconduct can lead to recovery of assets which have been "dissipated" by the other party.

Divorce is never easy, but with the help of our compassionate and dedicated team at Downs Law Offices, you will never have to face it alone. With more than 50 years of combined experience, we know more than the law - we understand the issues you face and how best to help you handle them.

Compassion and guidance before, during and after divorce

If you are contemplating divorce or your spouse has told you he or she wants to separate, call Downs Law Offices today at 312-781-1963 or contact us online. You can discuss your situation with one of our attorneys and find out how we can help you get through your divorce in a way that prepares you for the rest of your life.