Before you can get a divorce in Illinois, you have to be sure that you meet the legal requirements. The state sets specific requirements to ensure that it has jurisdiction over the proceedings. This means that the court has the legal right to hear the case and make a ruling. If a court does not have authority, it cannot grant you a legal divorce. So, to avoid any issues, you need to make sure you meet all the requirements.

The Illinois Supreme Court explains you cannot have a divorce pending in any other state when filing. You also must have lived in the state for at least 90 days before filing. If you have children, they need to have lived in the state for at least six months. If they have not, then the court may not be able to decide on parenting plans or anything else concerning the children.

You should also note that if your spouse is active duty military, the court may not be able to finalize your divorce. This is something that you should discuss with your attorney to make sure your spouse’s active duty status will not impede the proceedings.

In a divorce with children, you and the other parent must complete a parenting class before the court decides parenting time issues. Furthermore, you have to pay for all the costs and fees associated with the process and file all the forms the court requires, such as a parenting plan and your divorce petition. This information is for education and does not constitute legal advice.