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If you have children or a spouse that wants you to leave your family home before your divorce is over, think twice before you do it.

For many reasons you may wish to remain in the home until the divorce is completed. Particularly with children, the number of days that you spend with your kids may well factor into the amount of child support you pay (or receive) under the new Child Support Laws in Illinois. In addition, the time that you are spending with your children may well determine the parenting schedule of the time you will be granted with your children AFTER the divorce.

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Read your divorce agreement.

That's right - thoroughly completely and more than once, read your own divorce agreement. It is the future roadmap of your life after your divorce. The more money you have the more important it is for you personally to read each and every page of your divorce agreement. Don’t rely on some else, even your attorney.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Ilinois alimony attorneyDivorce is not an easy task, nor is it inexpensive. Sometimes the financial burden is so daunting that many choose to stay in an unfavorable situation. Economic struggle is unnecessary, as there are options that may be available to you, given your circumstances. One such option is alimony. Also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, this is a payment made to you by your ex-spouse during a separation or after a divorce. Not everyone qualifies in every situation, but it is useful for those who would otherwise be financially burdened by a divorce.

What Is Alimony?

The ideal goal of divorce is to have two individuals arrive at the same standard of living once the divorce is complete. One issue is, for some reason or another, both spouses do not always make the same amount of money. Perhaps one was the homemaker while the other worked in an office. Maybe there was a difference in salaries, and one partner became the primary breadwinner. If your economic situation is vastly different from your spouse, alimony may be an option. A court order made by a family court judge may require that the higher-earning spouse makes regular payments to the other spouse for a temporary or permanent amount of time.

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Hinsdale divorce attorneys, Illinois divorce, non marital propertyOn April 7, 2016 The Huffington Post reported that Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed a bill on repealing a law that has been on the books since 1868. The law made it a second-degree misdemeanor for an unmarried man and woman to “lewdly and lasciviously associate and cohabit together.”

I can only say hooray for Gov. Scott for finally attempting to move the State of Florida somewhat closer to the 21st century!

It seems that Florida in fact trumps Michigan and Minnesota, if you’ll pardon the expression, which still do not legally allow unmarried couples to cohabit.

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How long must I wait to get divorced in Illinois? How short is the waiting period to get divorced in Illinois?

How often have you heard someone say, "I can't wait to be divorced?" Prior to January 1, 2016, under Illinois divorce law, spouses could divorce using the grounds of "reconcilable differences" if both parties agreed [stipulated] that they had been physically separated for a period of more than six months. However, if only one spouse wanted the divorce, irreconcilable differences as a grounds for Illinois divorce was delayed until after the couple was physically separated for a period of at least two-years.
Shorter Waiting Period to Get Divorced in Illinois
Times have really changed in Illinois. There is now a much shorter waiting period for those wanting to be divorced in Illinois. Effective January 1, 2016, new Illinois divorce law has dramatically reduced that waiting time to six months if one spouse objects to the divorce. The new Illinois divorce law of January 1, 2016 has also dramatically reduced the waiting time if the parties agree to no wait at all.
No Waiting Period to Get Divorced in Illinois in Uncontested Cases
That is right. There is no wait at all to get divorced in Illinois. If the parties petition for divorce on day "one" they could be divorced by day "two" or as long as it would take an experienced divorce lawyer to prepare the necessary papers and process the case to the court. Two or three day divorces from start to finish may soon become the waiting time reality to get divorced in the state of Illinois.

Changes to the Law As it Now Reads

(750 ILCS 5/401) (from Ch. 40, par. 401)

Sec. 401. Dissolution of marriage.

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