An Illinois divorce that involves a military spouse is different from a civilian divorce in many ways. One factor that comes into play in a military divorce is military retired pay. If a military spouse is receiving or expecting to receive military retired pay, the non-military spouse may be entitled to receive a portion of that benefit.
Some Illinois parents who go through a divorce are able to reach an agreement about child custody outside of the courtroom. However, many others are unable to settle disputes over physical custody and must rely on the family court system. When a family court judge is making the decision, the judge typically awards custody to the parent who is deemed the child's primary caretaker.
While some divorce cases become highly contentious, it is rare for a case to stretch out for nearly a decade. But it is possible, as long as at least one side remains dissatisfied with the division of property, child custody plan or other aspect of the divorce settlement.