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The Basics of an Illinois Divorce!

There is no way to sugar coat it: divorce is UGLY. What was once an endless love, full of potential, has now withered into something that neither party wants to move on with any longer. While there are a multitude of reasons for why couples get divorced, it does not always have to be a long and drawn out process, depending on the circumstances. Most divorces in Illinois follow a similar pattern.

1. You must meet the residency requirements of the state.

You or your spouse must be a resident of the state (or stationed in Illinois as a member of the armed services) for at least 90 days prior to filing for divorce.

2. You must have “grounds” (a legally acceptable reason) to end your marriage.

3. Next, you must file divorce papers and have copies sent to your spouse.

4. If your spouse disagrees with anything in your divorce papers, this is their time to file an Answer to your Petition.

5. If you and your spouse disagree about any property or issues with children, this will need to be addressed through hearings/mediation.


At Hampleman Law, LLC, we recognize that people are humans and humans sometimes have to make tough life decisions such as calling it quits on a marriage. As your legal counsel, we won’t fight for you, but we’ll fight with you to make sure that you’re getting everything you deserve in a divorce proceeding. Please contact us today for a free, initial consultation!



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