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Illinois Divorce

The Illinois Family Law Center is a resource on divorce and family law in the State of Illinois for non-lawyers and pro se litigants. Please let us know if we have omitted a link to an important state resource and we will gladly add it.

Courts and Community Resources

Lawyers and Divorce
Mediation
Glossary of Family Law Terms
Official Site of the Illinois Courts
Illinois Circuit Courts Online
National Clearinghouse for Poverty Law - Shriver Center
Illinois Pro Bono Center
Mediation Council of Illinois
Illinois Legal Aid
Illinois State Bar Association

State Statutory Resources

If you wish to review your State's Statutes or Code, click the links below:

Illinois Compiled Statutes - CHAPTER 750
Illinois Administrative Code - Searchable Database

Divorce Law

In order for a divorce to be granted, the filing party must have legally resided in Illinois for 90 days before the final judgment.

A party, or both parties, must prove grounds for the divorce for it to be granted. A commonly used ground in Illinois is irreconcilable differences, which is typically considered "no-fault." To file under no-fault grounds, the parties must prove that there is a breakdown in the marriage, that they have been living separate and apart for two years, and the Court determines that efforts at reconciliation have failed or that future attempts at reconciliation would be impracticable and not in the best interests of the family. In certain cases, and if all statutory requirements are met, a judge can limit the period of separation to six months. Other grounds which may be used include, but may not be limited to, mental cruelty, physical cruelty, habitual drunkenness or a drug habit, adultery, impotence and imprisonment, and typically have certain statutory time frames which must be met in order to file under such grounds. (Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act - ILCS 750, Part IV).

Guide of the Divorce Process - Illinois Legal Aid
Getting a Divorce in Illinois - pamphlet from the Illinois State Bar

Marriage Law and Living Together Law

Illinois Marriage License Laws

Child Support

Child Custody and Divorce in Illinois - pamphlet from the Illinois State Bar
Illinois Child Support Calculator - by AllLaw.com (DivorceLawInfo.com is not affiliated with AllLaw.com)
Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services
Illinois Child Support Enforcement - the Illinois Division of Child Support Services
Illinois Child Support FAQs - from Illinois Division of Child Support Services
Child Support Explained

Child Custody and Visitation Law

Child custody is based on the best interest of the child.

Determining the Best Interest of the Child - from the US Department of Health and Human Services
Child Custody - statute ILCS 750, Part IV, Section 601
Grandparent and Great-Grandparent Visitation
FAQ on Child Custody and Visitation
Child Custody Resources

Property Division

Illinois is an "equitable division" property state.

Property, Support, and Attorney Fees - statute ILCS 750, Part IV, Section 501