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Changes to divorce laws in Illinois is possible

15407899_s.jpgLater this week a judiciary hearing committee is scheduled to review some proposed changes to Illinois laws regarding divorce and child custody. These proposals would change the way decisions are made regarding family law issues throughout the state. In our last post we focused on the child custody proposals, now we will take a look at the possible changes to the divorce laws in Illinois.

One of these proposals is to issue divorce judgments within 60 days. For special circumstances, it would be 90 days. Those seeking divorce would also no longer have to establish grounds for the divorce either. This is especially important as it recognizes the uniqueness to a couple's individual reasons for wanting to end a marriage.

Right now there are also laws that allow for "home-wrecking" lawsuits. Of course, it is quite understandable for there to be hurt feelings when a divorce is filed after finding out about infidelity. In some cases, the husband or wife who was cheated on will go as far as to file a lawsuit against the person who their spouse cheated with.

However, the new proposal is to get rid of these types of lawsuits.

In looking at all of these proposals, much thought was put in to what would make the most sense for families before bringing these proposals to the Illinois House.

Either way though, whether the proposals are accepted or denied, as a brief glimpse into divorce law goes to show, the entire process of filing for divorce and reaching a fair settlement can be quite frustrating and confusing. This is why those who are going through a divorce are highly encouraged to talk with an attorney.

Source: CBS St. Louis, "Illinois House Considers Changes To Divorce Laws," April 15, 2013

  • Our law firm handles all types of cases involving family law. To learn more, visit our Illinois divorce page.

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