Cook County Divorce Lawyers

Cook County Divorce Lawyers

How Our Cook County Divorce Lawyers can Help You

 If you have been considering filing for divorce, it is likely that you have a lot of questions. That is where an experienced Cook County Divorce Lawyer can help. Our attorneys understand what you are going through, and we can help explain your options and give you an idea of what the process requires.

 At the Law Office of Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd., our attorneys will work hard to protect your rights during divorce proceedings, especially when children are involved. Our office will strive to ease the transition as much as possible.

Grounds for Divorce in Cook County

 The State of Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, which means that the only “grounds” for divorce are irreconcilable differences. However, previous grounds for divorce may have an impact on the way the divorce is handled, including the following:

  • Adultery committed by one of the spouses
  • Bigamy, or entering into a marriage while still married to another person
  • Impotence
  • One of the spouses attempts to end the life of the other
  • One of the spouses deserts the other spouse for an entire year
  • One spouse is addicted to alcohol and/or drugs
  • One person in the marriage has been convicted of a felony
  • A spouse has infected the other spouse with a sexually transmitted disease
  • Irreconcilable differences have arisen between the spouses that resulted in an irreversible breakdown of your marriage
  • You have been living separately for at least six months prior to the filing of a dissolution of marriage.

Cook County Residency Requirements

In order to file for divorce in Illinois, the person seeking the dissolution of the marriage must have resided in Illinois for no less than 90 days immediately prior to the filing of their divorce. The divorce action can be filed in a  county where either party resides, as long as they have fulfilled the residency requirement.

The divorce will be filed in circuit court and the documentation to start the divorce proceedings is called a Petition for Dissolution, or Petition for Divorce. The person who files for divorce is called the Petitioner and the other spouse is the Respondent. After the divorce has been finalized, a Judgement for Dissolution of Marriage will be completed and signed by the Judge ending the marriage, along with an Allocation of Parental rights, responsibilities and time, if there are children involved.

Contact an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today

If you are considering filing for divorce, or you have received divorce documents that your spouse has already filed, you need to speak to an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. The Cook County divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd. know the ins and outs of divorce and can help ensure your rights are protected. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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