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Getting a divorce in Illinois

To get the divorce process started, an individual must first file a petition and pay the fee. In Illinois, a divorce cannot be granted until at least one member of the marriage has lived in the state for at least 90 days. In order to successfully divorce, the two spouses must come to an agreement with regard to the custody of their children, the division of any property they may own and all financial matters. If they cannot come to an agreement, a judge will make a decision on these matters for them.

Types of Illinois adoptions

Birth parents can choose to involve an agency in the adoption process or handle the selection of the adoptive parents for themselves. In cases where a relative adopts the child from the birth parents, the law does not require an agency to oversee the adoption. Both parents must sign over their parental rights as part of the process unless a judge rules one unfit based on that parent's level of interest and responsibility in the child's welfare.

Money mistakes to avoid in divorce

Illinois residents who are going through a divorce or contemplating one might be interested in learning about some of the worst financial mistakes someone going through a divorce can make. To start, any spouse who does not keep track of the family finances may be at a disadvantage. However, it is important for both spouses to understand their past and current financial positions in order to make an easier transition.

Determining grounds for divorce in Illinois

To file for divorce in Illinois, one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least 90 days prior to filing. Those who are in the military and have been stationed in the state for at least 90 days may also file in Illinois. Furthermore, the divorce will be filed in the county where residency has been established.

Uncontested divorce in Illinois

A couple considering the end of a marriage may be interested in understanding uncontested divorce proceedings. In a no-fault divorce, irreconcilable differences is generally cited as the basis for the action. In a fault divorce, a number of grounds for divorce may be cited, including issues such as adultery, physical or mental cruelty, drug addiction or conviction of a felony. In either type of situation, a divorce may be contested or uncontested. The most efficient option for moving through the court system quickly is a no-fault, uncontested case.

Establishing paternity

Illinois parents may want to know more about paternity laws and how paternity is established in various circumstances. When a child is born to an unmarried couple, the father is not considered the legal father, and his name cannot be added to the birth certificate. He is considered to be the "alleged father" until paternity is established.

Illinois hedge fund owner files for divorce

The founder of a $20 billion hedge fund is seeking to end his 11 year marriage. Kenneth Griffin filed for divorce on July 23 in an Illinois state court. Griffin, who has a net worth estimated at $5.6 billion, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the filing, and he is seeking joint custody of the couple's three children.

McCourt to get $1.9 million from ex-wife for divorce fees

After roughly three decades of marriage, Frank and Jamie McCourt agreed to dissolve their marriage. Their settlement agreement included clear language demonstrating an intent to end divorce litigation, according to a judge's decision. Toward that end, the terms included an option to seek reimbursement of attorneys' fees in the event that the other party contested the settlement. When Jamie McCourt contested the agreement, the judge reportedly ruled that she pay her ex-husband's $1.9 million legal expenses spent fighting to uphold the original settlement.

Indiana Pacers player in paternity and child custody battle

Illinois basketball fans may be interested in the custody battle that one player is facing in a New York court. He is seeking sole custody of a 2-month-old girl should a post-natal paternity test show that he is the biological father.

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