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Divorce is complicated and emotionally difficult, even when the spouses have agreed to an uncontested divorce. When your divorce is likely to be contentious, the emotional and psychological impact of the proceedings can be even more difficult to handle. Regardless of whether you are anticipating a contested or uncontested divorce, you should not have to go through this challenging and demanding process on your own. An Illinois divorce lawyer can help to ensure that property distribution is indeed equitable and that your concerns about parenting are addressed.
At Arami Law, we have years of practice handling a wide variety of divorce cases, from relatively quick uncontested divorces without children from the marriage to contentious high net worth divorces in which the spouses also have minor children. An Illinois divorce lawyer at our firm can get started on your case today.
Filing for Divorce in Illinois
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) governs almost all matters related to divorce in the state. When it comes time to file for divorce in Illinois, you will need to determine whether you will have an uncontested or a contested divorce. What is the difference between the two?
- Uncontested divorce: in an uncontested divorce, the parties have come to a general agreement about property distribution, and they ask the court to approve their agreement, which can also include a parenting plan through which the parties have agreed to matters of parental responsibilities and parenting time.
- Contested divorce: in a contested divorce, the parties cannot agree and will need a court to distribute marital property, as well as to allocate parental responsibilities and parenting time.
Beginning in 2016, Illinois became a no-fault divorce state. This means that there is no longer a list of grounds for divorce. Instead, any individual seeking a divorce in the state simply must indicate that there are irreconcilable differences.
Timetable for an Illinois Divorce
How long do you need to wait in order to file for divorce in Illinois? For most individuals, there is a 90-day residency requirement. There is also a six-month separation requirement for couples citing irreconcilable differences.
The amount of time it takes for your divorce to be finalized can vary depending on your particular circumstances. Generally speaking, uncontested divorces are much faster than contested divorces, but an Illinois divorce attorney can provide you with more information about your case.
Common Issues in Illinois Divorces
At Arami Law, we handle many different issues pertaining to divorce, including but not limited to:
- Process of filing for divorce;
- Property distribution;
- Spousal maintenance (or alimony);
- Parental responsibilities (or child custody);
- Parenting time;
- Parenting plans;
- Child support; and
Contact a Divorce Lawyer in Illinois About Your Case
The dedicated team at Arami Law provides personalized and compassionate representation to each client. If you have questions or concerns about divorce, you should speak with a divorce lawyer in Illinois as soon as possible. Contact us for more information about the services we provide to clients in Chicago and across the state.
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