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IL family lawyerThere were 26,132 divorces in 2016 in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Many of these cases are the dissolution of religious marriages. In fact, 50 percent of residents in Illinois say that religion plays an important role in their lives, according to the Pew Research Center. Depending on their religion, spouses who are planning on getting divorced may need to carry out specific actions before their divorce is recognized by their church or religious leaders. While Illinois courts do not take religion into account at all, a religious divorce validated by a spouses’ church or center of worship may be just as important as the state-recognized divorce, which sorts out custody, visitation, child support, division of property, and more. A DuPage County attorney with experience carrying out religious divorces will be best suited to meeting both your religious and civil divorce needs.

Christian Divorces and Catholic Annulment

For most Christians, their divorce does not need to follow any particular set of rules in order to be seen as valid by the church. However, for some sects of Christianity, such as Catholicism, spouses may need to tread carefully. For example, Catholicism does not allow for a divorced person to remarry within the church. As such, some spouses may wish to have their marriage annulled if at all possible, rather than go through divorce. Other particularities may exist depending on the type of Christianity that you follow. In Illinois, 71 percent of the population follows Christianity, with Catholicism making up the largest sect at 28 percent.

Orthodox Jewish Divorces

For Orthodox Jews hoping to divorce, the husband must submit Get, a written document of proof, to the wife for the divorce to be validated by the synagogue. If the husband refuses to submit Get, the wife cannot divorce the husband. As such, under Orthodox Judaism, the wife cannot remarry and cannot have any more children who are religiously legitimate until Get is submitted by her husband—even though her “husband” may no longer be her actual legal husband under Illinois law at this point. There is no legal recourse for an Orthodox Jewish wife to take in order to force her husband into submitting Get, which is really just his permission. As such, Orthodox Jewish wives have no power in their religious divorce.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyerFor centuries, parents, with other individuals in the community, chose marriage partners for their children. This methodology of selecting a spouse is called an arranged marriage. Although in the United States, marriage commonly occurs when two people fall in love on their volition, and they choose to marry, in other countries and cultures, an arranged marriage is the only way to go. Arranged marriage is not unheard of here either, however, and in the groups that still abide by this method, the divorce rate is significantly lower than average. No matter how the marriage began, if it falls apart, divorce is still an option.

Prevalence of Arranged Marriages

An arranged marriage is one set up by parents, community elders, matchmakers, and religious leaders. Those involved consider the two individuals and their personalities as well as their social class and the cultural impact of such a union. This type of union is not to be confused with a forced marriage. With this option, although the suggestion is made, the decision to enter the marriage must be made willingly by the two matched together. Cultures that practice this way of life include India, Pakistan, Japan, China, and Israel.

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