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IL divorce lawyerIt is natural to think that when getting a divorce, you should be able to point out any fault your spouse may have had in the breakdown of the marriage. This is particularly true if your spouse engaged in hurtful behavior, such as having an affair or domestic abuse. Many spouses are surprised to learn that Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, which means there are no grounds for divorce. However, that does not mean that if you or your spouse is at fault for the divorce, it will not have an effect on the proceedings.

Irreconcilable Differences and No-Fault Divorces

In Illinois, a person only has to state that they and their spouse have irreconcilable differences to get a divorce. This means that there has been a breakdown of the relationship so severe that there is no chance of reconciliation. One person does not have to prove fault and the two spouses do not have to agree on the divorce. If one person files, the divorce will proceed.

How No-Fault Divorces Benefit Spouses

People sometimes find it frustrating that they cannot file for divorce based on their spouse’s bad behavior. After all, if a spouse cheated, the other spouse should be able to use this against them in court. However, there is very sound reasoning for Illinois moving to no-fault divorces.

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IL divorce lawyerThere have been some major changes to Illinois divorce in the past few years, which have caused some confusion for divorcing couples. Three of these family law statutes are outlined below. If you are going through a divorce or a custody/support disagreement, a Hinsdale divorce attorney can help you understand your rights and responsibilities during the coming months, and will be in your corner ensuring that your best interests are upheld.

Grounds for Divorce No Longer Relevant

One of the most important changes in Illinois divorce law is the elimination of grounds for divorce. Illinois used to require divorcing couples to provide grounds, or legal reasons, for divorce. These included, infidelity, abandonment, spousal abuse, alcohol or drug abuse, and more. A married couple can now get a divorce for no specified reason and do not have to rationalize their decision for the court.

College Expenses Now Mirror the Cost of The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

For parents ordered to pay child support for college admission, Illinois used to base the level of financial support on the child’s needs and the parent’s ability to pay. While that is still taken into account, the maximum that a non-custodial parent has to pay is the cost of attending the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, whether or not the child is attending another college in Illinois or outside of the state. The total average costs for tuition, books, fees, room and board, and other expenses come to $31,390 to $36,394 Moreover, the child must maintain a C average and complete their degree before they turn 23.

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IL divorce lawyerMarriages often struggle because of a lack of communication, mutual goals, and intimacy. Financial stress, unrealistic expectations, and constant arguing are other top causes of divorce, yet sometimes these difficulties can be worked on to save the marriage before it is too late. In other circumstances, the marriage may be beyond repair. One study showed that the most common major contributors to divorce were lack of commitment, infidelity, and conflict or arguing, while the most common reasons for being the “final straw” were infidelity, domestic violence, and substance use.

Infidelity

Being cheated on is possibly the ultimate sign of disrespect in marriage. Illinois does not recognize “fault” in marriage, and infidelity generally has no bearing on decisions such as division of assets, child custody, or support orders. However, infidelity is the “final straw” in many marriages that were already struggling, as there is no way to trust that spouse again in the future.

Being in an Abusive Relationship or the Victim of Domestic Violence

Whether one spouse is physically, emotionally, or psychologically abusive, it is almost a certainty that the victim’s best option is to find a divorce attorney as soon as possible Reporting abuse to law enforcement for a restraining order may also be a necessary step to getting out of the abusive marriage. Common types of spousal abuse include the following:

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Ilinois divorce laws, Illinois divorce attorneyThe average age of a failed marriage spans approximately 8.8 years before the couple is either seeking marriage counseling or the counsel of an experienced divorce attorney.

There are various reasons why couples forgo the counseling and navigate directly to seeking a qualified legal firm, but on a lighter note there are instances of bizarre reasons that brought an end to marital life.

The Thrill Is Gone. . .

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce process,For the eight out of every thousand Illinois residents who are projected to seek the services of a qualified Illinois divorce attorney this year, The Huffington Post, supported by documentation derived by the American Bar Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 2011 Census Bureau, has provided a guide to each individual state and relevant data for those who are facing divorce.

If you and your spouse are currently included in this ranking, there are six important steps to remember that may decrease the uncertainty and emotional turmoil often experienced during this process. Before consulting with a skilled Illinois divorce attorney it may be helpful to review the following steps as an impromptu guide to divorce in the Prairie State.

Step One: Petitioning for Divorce

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