Although Illinois family law recently underwent significant changes that help simplify the divorce process and cut down on court costs, filing for dissolution can still be a complex and time-consuming process, so if you or a loved one are considering a divorce, it is critical to contact an experienced Cicero divorce attorney who can explain your legal obligations.
To be eligible to file a Petition for a Dissolution of Marriage a person must satisfy the following requirements:
The petition also requires the inclusion of specific information, including:
A petitioner may also be required to provide additional information for the purposes of property division, such as:
The petitioner must then arrange for the petition to be served on the other spouse, along with a summons, after which, the court will set a date for a hearing. At this point, the couple must establish that:
If the parties have lived separately for more than six months prior to the entry of dissolution, the court will presume that the irreconcilable differences requirement has been met. However, this does not mean that the couple cannot live in the same residence, only that the individuals no longer live together as spouses. Finally, when a couple has children, the divorce can only be finalized after the family court has approved, considered, or made provision for the allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, spousal maintenance, and the division of marital property.
Divorces are notorious for being time-consuming, expensive, and emotionally draining. While this is often the case in contested divorces, it is possible in some situations for the parties to come to an amicable agreement regarding child support or the division of assets. This can help save both parties a significant amount of time and money, so if you live in Cicero and have questions or concerns about how to file for divorce or have another divorce-related issue, please contact a member of our dedicated legal team at the Arami Law Office at (312) 212-1399 to set up a consultation.
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