How do I file for divorce in Illinois without a lawyer?
If you or your spouse has lived in Illinois for at least 90 days, you will be able to file for divorce. To do it yourself without a lawyer, you’ll need to file a petition for dissolution of marriage at the county courthouse where you live.
What determines if a spouse gets alimony?
A judge will assess if one spouse has a demonstrated financial need and if the other spouse has the ability to pay alimony. Alimony is generally awarded in cases where the spouses have very unequal earning power and have been married a long time.
How do Affairs affect custody?
Adultery does not really affect the distribution of assets or the custody of children in a divorce case. Adultery does have an impact, however, in the settlement negotiations during a divorce. In many situations, adultery is the main contributing factor in leading a couple to divorce.
Can a mother lose custody for cheating?
While having an affair isn’t grounds for losing custody of the child, there are circumstances that might contribute to the fact that the cheating spouse makes bad decisions or puts their needs before the child. If the cheating spouse is living with someone else during the divorce, that itself isn’t a problem.
What happens if you cheat while married?
In many states, adultery plays a role in determining alimony or spousal support. A spouse’s infidelity can bar their claim for alimony that they may have otherwise been entitled to. It may also help your claim for alimony if it is the other spouse who has cheated.
How can I prove adultery legally?
To prove adultery via circumstantial evidence, one must show that the adulterous spouse had both the “disposition” to commit adultery and the “opportunity” to do so. Evidence of “disposition” includes photographs of the adulterous spouse and the other man or woman kissing or engaging in other acts of affection.