ILLINOIS DIVORCE FAQS
Do I Need An Attorney?
While legally an attorney is not required to obtain a divorce in Illinois, an attorney is recommended. An experienced lawyer will make sure you are looking at every aspect of your divorce, protecting your interests now as well as in the future. Valuations of property and calculations of child support need to be done correctly. If they are not accurately calculated, it can have a significant effect on your long-term picture.
What Is The Difference Between Uncontested And Contested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties can agree to the terms of the divorce without having a court battle. A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on one or more of the issues in the divorce, and they must go to court to resolve their differences.
What Are The Grounds For Divorce In Illinois?
Recently many Illinois family laws have changed. In 2016, Illinois has become a no-fault divorce state. The only grounds for divorce will be irreconcilable differences. Learn more about the changes to family law in Illinois.
What Are The Top Mistakes People Make In Divorce?
Charging a lot of expenses — When emotions are high and you are hurting, it can be tempting to want to get back at your spouse by charging a lot of expenses. This can harm your bargaining position in a divorce and needlessly depletes the marital estate.
Placing proceeds from an inheritance in a joint bank account — Inheritance assets are generally considered nonmarital in a divorce and that would preclude a spouse from having any access to them. However, when inheritance assets are placed in a joint bank account with marital assets, to pay off the mortgage or for some other reason, they lose their nonmarital status and become marital property. Inheritance proceeds should never be commingled with marital assets.