The Divorce Process in Illinois

Kendall County Divorce and Family Law Lawyer

For many couples undertaking a divorce, the process can seem complex and overwhelming. By understanding both your circumstances as well as how the divorce process works in Illinois, it is possible to arrive at an ideal resolution.

How to File for Divorce in Illinois

The divorce process starts with a court petition. Typically an attorney prepares and files the petition. Once the court processes the petition, it will generate a court date, typically 90 days from the date of filing. After the petition is filed, the filer or a process server can deliver the paperwork to his or her spouse. The spouse must then file his or her appearance within 30 days. Failing to do so provides the filer the opportunity to obtain a default divorce against the spouse.

Illinois offers a "no-fault" divorce after filing a petition based on irreconcilable differences, but divorce may also be filed on grounds of fault, including:

  • Adultery
  • Bigamy
  • Desertion
  • Cruelty
    • Mental
    • Physical
  • Substance problems
  • Felony conviction

During the process, either spouse may file for temporary relief on issues, including:

  • Custody
  • Support/maintenance
  • Household expense contribution
  • Exclusive possession of marital home/property

It is also critical to investigate finances, assets and property during this time so that you can ideally divide them. Factual discovery also involves issues of child custody. Every circuit court has its own unique deadlines for the process, so it is critical to understand your obligations if you are undertaking the divorce process.

For nearly a decade I have focused solely on divorce and family law-related issues, exclusively in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties and the surrounding areas. This focus has allowed me to develop a full understanding of the way the law and the courts operate in our area as well as a reputation for effective representation with the judges and lawyers who work here.

Regardless of the issues you are facing, I am prepared to help you ideally undertake the divorce process.

To schedule a consultation to discuss divorce with Naperville divorce lawyer, Matthew M. Williams, call 630-409-8184 or e-mail the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.

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