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Lombard family law attorneyWhy did you marry your spouse? Most people answer this question by explaining all the desirable characteristics that the individual had that made them a good potential partner. They tend to note that their spouse was kind, thoughtful, generous, or funny. In essence, their spouse had a personality which complimented their own. We often think of character traits or personality to be intrinsically woven into a person’s DNA. A person may learn and grow but his or her personality never really changes. If this is the case, then why do so many marriages end in divorce?

Researcher and psychologist Walter Mischel says that everything we thought we knew about the immutability of someone’s personality may be wrong. These revelations about the instability of personality could help explain how two people who started out in love can find themselves so distant from one another after a relatively short period of time.

Mischel's Cognitive-Affective Model

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no-fault divorce, Lombard family law attorneyA new report suggests that public opinion regarding divorce is beginning to shift a bit. According to an analysis of the National Survey of Family Growth, an offshoot of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans today are less approving of divorce than they were even just five years ago.

At the same time, it can hardly be argued that such opinions are the result of a trend toward more traditional, conservative values, as Americans expressed more favorable attitudes toward young couples living together before marriage and same-sex marriages. Some have suggested that the changing view of divorce is reflective of Americans acknowledging the seriousness of a marital commitment. More people, it seems, believe that a couple should explore every possibility of resolving their problems before heading to court to dissolve their marriage.

The No-Fault Divorce Process

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divorce, at-fault divorce, Illinois family law attorneyAs of now, a married individual in Illinois can seek a divorce on the grounds of his or her spouse’s behavior. Of course, divorces on such grounds have grown relatively uncommon since the introduction of so-called "no-fault" divorce in 1984. Beginning in 2016, however, fault divorces, or those based upon the specific actions of one party will no longer be available in the state, forcing all marital dissolutions to proceed on the grounds of irreconcilable differences.

Current Law

Under the existing provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, there are ten separate reasons upon which a fault divorce may be granted. By petitioning for divorce one of these grounds, the petitioner must show that his or her spouse:

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reason, divorce, Illinois family law attorneyFiling for a dissolution of marriage, or divorce, may leave some people wondering if their petition will be granted. When you file the paperwork for divorce, you must state why you are filing the petition. If a judge decides the grounds, or reason, you stated on your paperwork and evidence is not sufficient, your petition may be denied and the process will have to start over again. Speaking with an experienced divorce lawyer before you file your petition for a dissolution of marriage can save you unnecessary steps during the process.

Illinois allows the petitioner to file for a "grounds" or "irreconcilable differences" divorce. A divorce on specific grounds is generally attributed to the fault of one partner, while one based on irreconcilable differences is commonly called a "no-fault divorce."

Irreconcilable differences divorces are becoming the most common type of marriage dissolution. The spouse filing the petition does not have to list one specific reason for the divorce. Instead, he or she must sufficiently prove that there has been a breakdown in the marriage and reconciliation is not possible. In Illinois, filing for an irreconcilable differences divorce requires the couple to live apart for at least two years. If both spouses agree the marriage should end, a waiver is available for both spouses to sign to have the time limit waived. Signing the waiver means neither spouse is going to contest the proceedings.

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no-fault divorce, irreconcilable differences, Kane County Family Law AttorneyHave you reached the point in your marriage where you have done everything you can do? Communication has broken down and is has become clear that you and your spouse are no longer happy together. You may have considered the idea of divorce but thought you did not have a valid reason to file. Your spouse is not abusive, did not cheat, and does not have issues with drugs or alcohol, so you might be thinking that divorce is not really an option. Illinois law, however, provides for the possibility of a no-fault divorce that just might address your particular situation.

It is relatively safe to assume most people realize that state law permits a court to grant a divorce in cases with justifiable grounds. Such grounds include adultery, physical or mental abuse or cruelty, substance abuse, impotence, conviction of a serious crime, and abandonment, among others. Some may not know, however, that the law also provides a mechanism for dissolving a failed marriage, even in the absence of negative actions or behaviors.

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act permits a divorce to be granted on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences," as long as certain criteria has been met:

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