We are talking about how temporary restraining orders -- also called dissolution action stays -- work in Illinois. These orders are often used in child custody and domestic violence situations, but we are focusing on their role in property division in a divorce. Basically, TROs protect both parties by maintaining the status quo for marital assets.
After talking about annulment in our last post, we came across an unusual case involving an Illinois man and his Canadian wife. In divorce proceedings, the couple did not deny that they had never consummated the marriage. Usually, this would be grounds for an annulment, but that wasn't really an option -- because they had been married for 17 years.