Candace Meyers Explains the New Grounds for Divorce in Illinois:
As of January 1, 2016 grounds for divorce in Illinois are solely irreconcilable differences. While we were previously able in Illinois to plead grounds such as mental cruelty, physical cruelty or adultery, now we may only plead and proceed on grounds of irreconcilable differences. This is an evolution of Illinois’ very slow transition to no-fault divorce. The no-fault dissolution of marriage reflects the theory that the State’s interest in preserving a marriage is no longer served when the parties do not share that interest. There are still states that take the counter view and impose stringent requirements to be met before seeking a separation. I believe the intention of this new no-fault standard in Illinois is to reduce the amount of acrimony in the divorce process. I believe the no-fault law’s intention is to simplify access to a judgment for divorce rather than restrict.
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