When couples make the decision to get married in Illinois, few assume that the marriage will end in divorce. However, divorce is common, and a large number of marriages do result in divorce. When you are deciding whether to file for divorce, we know that there are many questions you have about issues like property division and child custody. Working with an aggressive yet compassionate Illinois divorce attorney can help you to feel secure throughout the divorce process given that you will have an experienced advocate on your side no matter what issues arise.
As you consider whether divorce is right for you, we want to provide you with some information about the divorce process in Illinois. To learn more, you should get in touch with an Illinois divorce attorney at the Arami Law Office.
Most issues pertaining to divorce arise under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). In order to be eligible to file for divorce, at least one of the spouses must have lived in the state for at least 90 days before filing if there are no minor children, and at least 180 days before filing if there are minor children from the marriage.
Aside from the time requirements for filing for divorce in Illinois, the length of a divorce depends on numerous factors and can vary widely from couple to couple. One of the first factors is whether the divorce will be uncontested or contested. In an uncontested divorce, the spouses agree to all terms—for example, property division, spousal maintenance, allocation of parental responsibilities, and child support. Uncontested divorces tend to be faster than contested divorces. However, the parties will have to have a contested divorce, which requires additional steps, if they cannot agree to all terms of the divorce. Even if there is only one issue on which the parties cannot agree, they will have a contested divorce.
The complexity of the divorce can also affect the timing. For instance, a high net worth divorce involving complex property division will take more time than a divorce with limited marital assets. Similarly, a divorce in which there are no minor children from the marriage is likely to take less time than a divorce in which the parents cannot come to an agreement about the allocation of parental responsibilities concerning their minor children. A divorce lawyer in Illinois can evaluate your case individually to give you a sense of the amount of time it might take.
Numerous legal issues can arise in an Illinois divorce, including but not limited to the following:
Divorce is rarely easy, and it often requires negotiation and a significant investment of time and energy. An experienced divorce attorney in Illinois can begin assessing the details of your case today and can discuss the next steps necessary to file for divorce. Contact the Arami Law Office to find out about how we help individuals and families in Illinois with a wide variety of legal issues pertaining to divorce.
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