Illinois has requirements in terms of how to complete a divorce that require a judge to review and approve the divorce settlement or, if the spouses can't agree to a settlement, decide how property will be divided and how parenting time will be shared.
Will parents share joint custody, or will one parent have sole custody and the other visitation? Will they share decision-making, or will one parent have the final say on things like medical treatment and education? What’s the best way to divide parenting time?
Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody in Illinois
The terms “joint custody” and “sole custody” are often used, but frequently misunderstood. This article provides an overview of custody in Illinois and explains these important terms.
Alimony is designed to help a lower-earning spouse--or a spouse who's been out of the workforce entirely while raising children or taking care of the household--to get through the divorce process and transition into being self-supporting.
Illinois Maintenance (Alimony) FAQ's
Alimony, spousal support and maintenance all refer to the same thing. Payments granted to one spouse, paid by the other. Learn how it works in Illinois.
Illinois Family Law Rules and Resources
Looking for Illinois’s rules on marriage, divorce, child custody, and child support? Want to find Illinois’s state court forms and instructions and local court websites? Here’s where to start.