In Illinois, divorcing spouses are not required to prove that one or the other was at fault for a union’s failure in order to end their marriage. While this has made the process of obtaining a divorce simpler than in prior decades, doing so is still challenging, so if you and your spouse are considering dissolving your marriage, it is critical to speak with an experienced Frankfort divorce law firm before starting the filing process.
Under state law, Illinois couples who decide to divorce do not need to provide proof of fault to obtain a divorce, but are only required to establish that:
Generally, courts presume that couples who have been living apart for at least six months have satisfied this burden and so are not required to provide any further evidence of irreconcilable differences. Fortunately, residing in different homes is not the only way to satisfy this element, as divorcing parties can do so by demonstrating that they have begun living separate lives, which could include everything from opening separate bank accounts and changing their last name, to holding themselves out to friends and family as being separated and entering into new relationships.
The divorce process has become much simpler in the last ten years, a trend that can largely be attributed to the fact that divorcing parties are no longer required to provide proof of fault before they can end their marriages, which in turn, tends to reduce conflict and disagreement. This is especially true for those who can reach an agreement on all divorce-related issues, such as property division and alimony, before going to court.
Those who cannot reach an out-of-court agreement on property division, spousal support, or child custody, on the other hand, will only be able to obtain a divorce after a judge has issued a ruling on these topics. Alternatively, a divorce could qualify as uncontested if one of the spouses in question files for divorce, but his or her partner fails to submit a reply within 30 days. In these situations, a judge will proceed with the case as if the parties had reached an agreement, using the petitioner’s statements and evidence to make their decision. Submitting a timely response to a divorce petition is the best way to avoid this, so if you were recently served with divorce papers, it is important to speak with a divorce attorney about your next steps as soon as possible.
For help with your own divorce, please call the dedicated lawyers at Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. or send us an email at email@example.com today. In an effort to meet the needs of potential clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, our team is also making itself available via video and phone conferences.
Demetrios, I cannot thank you enough for you diligence, patience, knowledge, concern and determination to represent my best interest. From the bottom of my heart, you are amazing and thank you for all you have done for me. Robin
With Demetrios, you don't have to worry about anything. He knows what he's doing. I have two lawyers before him. It was a long case and messed up for 2 years. Since Demetrios took my case, he finished it in a couple of months. He is very organized and smart, and he will take you through that very smooth process. Thank you so much Demetrios, I owe you a lot.
Demetrios Dalmares is a very good attorney. He did a great job in assisting me through my divorce. This is the attorney who will get the job done!
Demetrios has helped me through a very difficult time in my life. He is not intimidated by increased levels of challenges. He has been able to adapt to my unique circumstances and get over every hurdle with confidence. He's intelligent, kind and a good listener. I wholeheartedly recommend Demetrios and his excellent staff to all my family and friends. I assure you that his commitment to helping others is reassuring, and I hope it sets your mind at ease.
Mr. Dalmares was great to work with. He walked me through the process and kept me updated on any updates that had occurred. Highly recommended!
Thank you, Demetrios, for your tenacity, attentiveness and patience in working with me in finalizing my divorce. God Bless
5-star team, very helpful, very friendly, punctual. Hired for a paternity case and was very pleased with the outcome. Demetrios is great; I highly recommend!
I recommend Demetrios Dalmares with the highest praise as a divorce attorney. My divorce was settled quickly and without any unnecessary drama. I was updated regularly regarding the progress of my case. He was extremely knowledgeable, diligent and persistent. Demetrios Dalmares was clearly working in my best interest and the best interest of my three children. He is definitely the attorney you want on your side when going through a divorce. I cannot thank or recommend him enough!
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Husband: Couple shared ownership in a business, resulting in complex property division issues. After investigation of the couple’s financial history, our client received a much more equitable divorce agreement than what was originally offered.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Mother: Father became aggressive and violent toward Mother during their separation, prompting her to seek full custody of their children. At trial, the court granted Father supervised parenting time only and Mother was awarded child support.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Husband: Couple had been locked in a contentious divorce for nearly three years and changed lawyers several times. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. provided the experience and organization needed to resolve the case within months, avoiding a trial for our client.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife: Wife left a successful career to raise children. When Husband denied spousal support based on Wife’s previous earnings, Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. countered with evidence that retraining was needed, and our client was awarded spousal support.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife: Husband tried to intimidate Wife into a divorce settlement that heavily favored his interests by drawing out the case. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife through trial, where she received an equitable share of marital assets.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Father: Mother began cohabitating with a new partner who made significantly more than our client. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. successfully demonstrated that the new relationship justified a modification and obtained a favorable outcome through negotiation.