Kendall County No-Fault Divorce Attorney

Information Regarding Grounds From an Experienced Aurora No-Fault Divorce Lawyer

For decades, Illinois was "fault state" regarding a divorce. As a fault state, Illinois required parties seeking a divorce to claim grounds, i.e., assign blame. These grounds were:

  • Impotency
  • Polygamy
  • Adultery
  • Desertion/abandonment
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • "Gross and confirmed habits" brought about by malice, drug use, attempted murder or other felony conviction, or the infection of the other spouse with sexually transmitted disease
  • Attempted murder of the other spouse
  • Extreme and repeated mental/physical cruelty
  • Conviction of a felony
  • Infection involving a sexual disease
  • Excessive use of addictive drugs

While litigants still have the right to pursue a divorce by proving one of the above "grounds," Illinois has added a modified no-fault ground for obtaining a divorce.

What Is a Modified No-Fault Ground for a Divorce in Illinois?

"No-fault" divorce means a spouse no longer needs to blame the other spouse when seeking a divorce. A "modified" no-fault divorce means that the spouse still needs to be separated in order to pursue a no-fault divorce. Please refer to the requirement section of our No-Fault Divorce page for details regarding separation requirements.

What These Changes Mean

Because Illinois is now a modified no-fault divorce state, married couples can now divorce efficiently and affordably and without acrimony.

I am Aurora divorce lawyer Matthew M. Williams of the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C., and I can provide needed information and representation regarding the divorce process, as well as child custody, alimony, child support and other divorce-related matters. For more information, please call 630-409-8184 or simply contact me online to schedule a consultation.

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