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Do you have grounds for divorce?

There are many reasons why a person looks into getting a divorce. In some states, those that are "fault" states, people must be able to prove that they have grounds for divorce. While this may sound challenging, it is anything but if you know what the law entails.

Irreconcilable differences is commonly stated as a reason for divorce. If you claim this reason, you will be required to live separately from your partner for a period of two years before finalizing a divorce. However, this can be waived if both parties are willing to sign a waiver.

There are many other reasons a court may grant a divorce, including but not limited to:

-- Adultery

-- Bigamy

-- Mental abuse

-- Physical abuse

-- Impotency

-- Desertion

-- Venereal disease

-- Threats of suicide

-- Conviction of a felony

-- Drug or alcohol abuse

If you feel your partner is at fault for the divorce, this could have an impact on property division and child custody, however, this is not always the case. The way the court makes this decision differs from one case to the next.

If you are interested in filing for divorce in Illinois, you must have a reason for moving forward. Those who are in a bad relationship can often find at least one reason that the court finds acceptable.

Dealing with the divorce process is never easy, especially when you begin to learn more about the many laws in place. To protect yourself and learn more about the process, visit our "Grounds for Divorce" webpage.

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