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Does Illinois allow for uncontested, high asset divorces?

If you want to get a divorce in the state of Illinois, there is a simplified procedure that may make it easier for you to dissolve the union you are in. You and your spouse must file together and be of one mind when you seek to do this, which doesn't happen very often in this situation.

One of the stipulations is that neither of you is dependent on the other for any type of spousal support. You and your spouse must be willing to waive any right you may have for this type of support. It is stated in the law that it may be a good idea to contact an attorney to determine if you are eligible for spousal support or maintenance.

One of you must meet the residency requirement, which is 180 days in-state, even for military members. You also have to have been separated physically for six months or more. You must be able to prove that no amount of reconcilability is possible. You must attest that no future attempts will bring you two closer together and save the marriage.

Many times, assets and property, along with debt, are dealt with as well. If you have assets that were yours before the marriage or you inherited property that is only yours, you may want to ensure that these assets stay with you and are not divided.

It is another issue if you have children or are expecting a child. This avenue of non-contested divorce is closed to you completely. If you have been married for eight years or more, you may use this method of divorce and separation to obtain your freedom.

Being aware of all the possibilities that are yours for your high asset divorce in Illinois is imperative.

Source: Illinois Statutes, "Illinois marriage and dissolution of marriage act," accessed April. 06, 2015

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