Laura R. Gottlieb Answers:
Most states, including Illinois, follow equitable distribution laws when dividing property in the case of a divorce. This means the property will be divided between the spouses in a fair and equitable manner based on a variety of factors. The factors considered differ from state to state. In Illinois, the judge looks at 12 different factors. Judge’s most commonly focus on the parties’ assets and debts; whether or not there are children; the length of the marriage; each party’s needs; and each party’s potential future income. In most community property states, property is divided equally (50/50).