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If you have been struggling to remain happy in your marriage or to resolve long-standing problems with your spouse, you may be contemplating the option of filing for divorce. For many spouses in Illinois, divorce is a necessary but difficult process. Even when you believe you have reached an agreement with your spouse about all issues pertaining to the divorce, complications can arise. It is critical to have an Evanston divorce attorney on your side from the very start. Do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the family lawyers at the Arami Law Firm if you are considering an Evanston divorce.
Filing for Divorce in Evanston, IL
Filing for divorce is a relatively straightforward process under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). To be eligible for divorce, you only must meet Illinois residency requirements, and then you must move forward with a no-fault petition for divorce. To be clear, there will be no need to raise the issue of fault in your divorce. Rather, you will only need to assert that irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage and that any future attempts at reconciliation would be impracticable. In cases in which the spouses have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of six months or longer, there is an irrebuttable presumption that the “irreconcilable differences” requirement has been met.
Elements of an Evanston Divorce Case
Divorces in Evanston can vary significantly depending upon the particular life experiences of the parties involved in the case. Generally speaking; however, the following are elements or processes that are common in many and even most divorce cases in Evanston:
- Filing a petition for the dissolution of marriage;
- Going through a divorce discovery process;
- Considering the possibility of negotiating a settlement agreement with your spouse;
- Division of marital property according to Illinois law;
- Determination of whether spousal maintenance is appropriate in the case;
- Calculation of a spousal maintenance award when support is appropriate;
- Allocation of parental responsibilities when there are minor children from the marriage, either by the court or by the parents themselves in a court-approved parenting plan; and
- Child support determination based on the income shares model of child support.
Modifications After an Evanston Divorce
When necessary, modifications to existing divorce orders can be made. However, in order for the court to be willing to modify an existing order, such as a spousal maintenance order or an allocation judgment, the party seeking the modification will need to be able to demonstrate that there has been a substantial or significant change in circumstances that necessitates the modification. Otherwise, courts are not usually eager to modify divorce orders.
Contact an Evanston Divorce Lawyer Today
Are you thinking about divorce? Do you want to learn more about your options in a divorce around Evanston? One of the dedicated Evanston divorce attorneys at our firm can speak with you today about your case and your options for dissolving your marriage. Contact Arami Law, Inc. to learn more about our services.
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