Divorce Residency Essentials to Get Divorce in Illinois
For divorce to occur in the state of Illinois, at least one of the spouses must have lived in the state for a minimum of 90 days.
Reasons for Divorce in Illinois
As of 2016, the only grounds for divorce in Illinois is irreconcilable differences with the parties having lived separate and apart without cohabitation for at least six months.
Custody of the Children in Illinois
In the state of Illinois, parties may agree to either joint or sole legal and physical custody. Legal custody gives parents the right to participate in decision-making issues regarding the children. Legal custody is not the same as physical custody, which determines where a child will live and how much time he or she spends with the other parent who is not the residential parent. In a contested situation, the court may award either joint or sole legal custody. The court also determines physical custody arrangements.
The court determines custody based on the best interests of the child keeping in mind the wishes of the parent as well as that of a mature child. The court also considers a bond between the parent, child, and any siblings as well as the child’s adjustment to home, school, and his or her surroundings.
Illinois Child Support Guidelines
The state of Illinois has standard child support guidelines. These guidelines will apply in almost every case. Under these guidelines, both parents’ gross income and certain child related expenses will be taken into consideration when calculating child support. Child support continues until the child reaches age 18 or until the child graduates from high school, whichever occurs later.
Filing your online divorce in the state of Illinois is easy because there is flexibility when it comes to choosing a venue. Divorce in Illinois can be filed in the county where either of the spouses has an established residence. More information on what is considered establishing a residence will be given when you begin the divorce process using OnlineDivorceSolutions.com.
Mediation is strongly encouraged in the state of Illinois. Mediation can allow the case to proceed as an uncontested divorce. Utilizing mediation may allow a case to be processed using the easy, fast services of OnlineDivorceSolutions.com.
The fees to file a divorce within the Illinois state court are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorceSolutions.com. These costs vary from county to county. Check with your local courthouse for the exact amount.