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Grounds For Divorce In Chicago

Before “no fault” was a commonly accepted reason for ending a marriage, spouses had to justify divorce. A wife or husband had to explain to a judge reasons a marriage should end — for example, adultery or abandonment.

Today, it is not usually necessary to establish grounds for divorce in a divorce petition. The usual stated reason for a divorce is “irreconcilable differences.” There is no need to go into detail in court documents.

When Are Grounds For Divorce Necessary?

On the other hand, grounds for divorce may be relevant in some situations. Typically, a no-fault divorce is allowed when there has been a two-year separation in the case of a contested divorce or a six-month separation in the case of an uncontested divorce. In some cases, the petitioning spouse may successfully argue before a family law judge that there are grounds for moving a divorce forward more quickly.

If you wish to end your marriage before the required separation period is over, you may have grounds to do so such as adultery, mental cruelty, physical cruelty, alcoholism or an attempt by the other spouse to commit murder.

Starting January 1, 2016, new changes to the Illinois family laws will affect these requirements.  To learn more, click here.

Consult With A Rolling Meadows Divorce Lawyer About Grounds For Divorce

Get the advice and assistance you need to proceed with your divorce in a timely manner. If you wish to use the argument of grounds for a divorce to hasten the process, talk to a knowledgeable divorce lawyer. At SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC, we are prepared to address your questions and recommend the most advantageous strategy for your situation. Divorce attorney Susan A. Marks has helped hundreds of clients resolve challenges in family law cases while addressing unique factors such as application of grounds of divorce.

For honest, efficient and personalized legal representation in an Illinois divorce, contact SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC, by phone at 847-255-9925 or toll free at 877-286-8180, or by email, for a free initial consultation. We welcome the opportunity to help people in Chicago and the surrounding areas.

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