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Chicago Dissolution of Marriage Lawyers

Assistance with Dissolving a Marriage

In Illinois, divorce proceedings begin when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and serves a copy on the other spouse. In order to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, you or your spouse must have been a resident of Illinois or stationed as an armed services member in Illinois for at least 90 days before filing. If you and your spouse live in two different counties, the petition may be filed in either one.

The petition contains certain information about you, your spouse, and your requested divorce, some of which includes basic biographical data, such as names and addresses. In the past, a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage could be filed on either no-fault or fault grounds. However, today, Illinois remains solely a no-fault state and only requires a finding of irreconcilable differences. If the parties have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of not less than six months, there is an irrebuttable presumption that the requirement of irreconcilable differences has been met. The requirement of living separate and apart does not mean that the parties must have lived in separate households. It refers to the date the marriage broke down, even if the parties continued to reside together.

After the petition is filed with the court, a copy must be formally served on the non-filing spouse.1 The filing spouse may serve the other spouse through the sheriff's office, but many prefer to use a private process server. If your spouse has an attorney, you may serve the attorney with a copy of the petition instead of your spouse.

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Meet with a Reliable Divorce Attorney

Divorce is a highly emotional decision. You may have no clear idea how a divorce, once begun, will end. The Illinois divorce attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP, have the experience and knowledge to help you establish a positive outcome in your divorce proceedings. Contact our experienced Illinois dissolution of marriage attorneys today at (312) 332-2915 to schedule a consultation.

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1 Unless your spouse voluntarily files his/her Appearance with the Court, either through an attorney or pro se.

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