Even when you think your divorce may be amicable, many times the process brings to light hidden financial and emotional difficulties. Those problems tend to multiply and grow, especially if you were already on rocky ground. Whether you are the spouse that is filing for divorce, or you unexpectedly received divorce papers instead, a Naperville divorce attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected.
Grounds for Divorce – In the State of Illinois, there are only no-fault divorces, so divorces are based on the concept of irreconcilable differences. The laws used to require spouses to live separately for a minimum of two years, but this is no longer required. Once the spouses agree that divorce is needed, proceedings will begin as soon as documentation is filed. Previous grounds for divorce such as adultery, bigamy, or abandonment may still impact the marriage and divorce proceedings but are no longer the grounds for divorce.
Many people are not certain if divorce is right for them just yet. If that is the case for you, legal separation may be an option for you. This type of agreement allows the court to determine spousal maintenance, child support, and child custody. The spouses are allowed to live separately, but without dissolving their marriage.
If you are considering divorce or legal separation, the Naperville divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd. can help you determine what your legal options are and help you ensure that your rights are protected no matter which option you choose. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.