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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
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 Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act
Illinois Administrative Code - Searchable Database

Divorce Law

In order for a divorce to be granted, one of the spouses must have legally resided in Illinois for at least the 90 days preceding the commencement of the action or the making of the findings.

A commonly used ground in Illinois is "irreconcilable differences", which is typically considered "no-fault." To file under irreconcilable differences, the parties proves that there is a breakdown in the marriage, 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. If the parties live separate and apart for a continuous period of not less than 6 months immediately preceding the entry of the judgment dissolving the marriage, there is an irrebuttable presumption that the requirement of irreconcilable differences has been met. (b) Judgment shall not be entered unless, to the extent it has jurisdiction to do so, the court has considered, approved, reserved or made provision for the allocation of parental responsibilities, the support of any child of the marriage entitled to support, the maintenance of either spouse and the disposition of property. The court shall enter a judgment for dissolution that reserves any of these issues either upon (i) agreement of the parties, or (ii) motion of either party and a finding by the court that appropriate circumstances exist (Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act - ILCS 750, Part IV).

Guide of the Divorce Process - Illinois Legal Aid
Divorce in Illinois - Chicago Bar Association

Marriage Law and Living Together Law

Illinois Marriage License Laws

Child Support

Parental Responsibility and Parenting Time - Illinois Legal Aid
Illinois Child Support Calculator - by ( is not affiliated with
Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services
Illinois Child Support Enforcement
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 - Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities - Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act
Grandparent Visitation - Illinois Legal Aid
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 V, Section 501