Filing A Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

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Divorce is complex with significant legal, financial, and emotional implications. If you are contemplating a divorce, consider Richard W. Culver, Ltd. to help you prepare and file a written Petition for Dissolution of Marriage on your behalf. With so much at stake, let Richard W. Culver, Ltd. help develop your strategy, as well as safeguard your legal rights and financial interests, during this challenging experience. Review six benefits of hiring a dedicated Barrington divorce attorney.

In Illinois, Serving Clients in Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, and McHenry County

Under Illinois law, a written Petition for Dissolution of Marriage alleges, at a minimum, the following:

  • The age, occupation, and residence of each party and the length of residence in Illinois
  • The date of the marriage and the place at which the marriage was registered
  • Whether a petition for dissolution of marriage is pending in any other county or state
  • The existence of jurisdictional requirements under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act
  • That irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
  • The names, ages, and addresses of all living children of the marriage and whether a spouse is pregnant
  • Any arrangements as to support, allocation of parental responsibility of the children, and maintenance of a spouse
  • The relief sought.

Generally, the spouse petitioning for the divorce/dissolution of marriage is designated as the Petitioner, while the responding spouse is designated as the Respondent.

Serving a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage:

After the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed on behalf of the Petitioner, the Respondent receives a copy of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with a Summons to appear in Court.

Filing a Reply to Response to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

Please note that, after a written response has been filed by the Respondent, the Petitioner may file, if necessary, a written reply, known as a Reply to Response to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

New Changes to Illinois Divorce Law

Beginning on the effective date of January 1, 2016, many statutory provisions relating to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act will significantly change.  Trusted Barrington divorce attorney Blake Austin Culver at Richard W. Culver, Ltd. can help advise, advocate, and guide you through your divorce case, beginning with the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

Contact a Barrington Divorce Law Firm Today

If you have any questions or concerns about filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, call 847-382-2900 or complete the online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation at Richard W. Culver, Ltd. Evening and weekend appointments are available as necessary to accommodate clients' schedules. Utilize seven tips for your initial consultation with an Illinois divorce attorney.