There are around 5,000 marriages per year in DuPage County, and there are almost half as many divorces annually, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The first step of divorce begins with what is called the petition for divorce. The petition for divorce is served by one spouse to the other. The spouse that serves the petition to the other is called the petitioner. First, they must file papers with the court, after which they are required to legally deliver, or serve, the petition to the other spouse.
What Information Does the Petition Include?
The petition for divorce generally includes all of the following information:
- Location of marriage
- Date of marriage
- Names and addresses of the spouses
- Names of children
- Grounds for divorce
- Statement that at least one spouse has had residency in the state for at least 90 days, allowing the divorce to take place in Illinois, as per 750 ILCS 5/401
- Information about how the petitioner wants to settle matters such as division of marital assets, child custody, child support, and alimony
A petition for divorce may request the court to place temporary orders to help with the following:...