The judge will also set rules for spouses that have minor children under 18 years old :. Spouses are responsible for each other's expenses for the family during their marriage. However, creditors can still come after either spouse for payment of any marital debt. An ex-spouse is not responsible for the other ex-spouse's post-divorce debts. Parents must attend a court-authorized in-class parenting education program before the judge decides parental responsibilities.
This class teaches parents ways they can avoid hurting their children during the divorce.
Both parents must take this class within 60 days after the first meeting with the judge. The class is available in-person and online. The Center for Divorce Education has a list of available options.
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Want free legal help? Log in or register to text this information to yourself On a mobile device? Rate 3. Average: 3. How long a divorce takes There is no way to know exactly how long it will take to get a divorce. Contested divorce Contested divorces can take more than 18 months to be resolved. In this situation, spouses disagree about any of these things: Whether to get a divorce Where the children should live Where a companion animal should live How much child support should be paid How property should be split up Who should pay certain debts Whether " maintenance " or spousal support alimony should be paid Uncontested divorce Uncontested divorce is when both spouses agree on all of these issues.
Qualifying to get a divorce To get a divorce, one spouse must have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days. There are no other reasons that a judge will allow for getting a divorce in Illinois. What is decided in a divorce At the end of a divorce case, a judge will issue an order called a "decree," or " judgment ," which officially ends the marriage.
Property and pets The judge will divide up the spouses' property between them. A person in a divorce can also petition for custody of a family pet. The judge will then decide which spouse will get custody. The judge can take into account the best interests of the pet. Maintenance The judge can order that one spouse pay the other spouse maintenance. Children The judge will also set rules for spouses that have minor children under 18 years old : The judge will decide parental responsibilities "custody".
These issues must be decided within 18 months of the spouse receiving the divorce papers. This covers parenting time and decision-making power. The terms "custody" and " visitation " are no longer used in Illinois in divorce cases. The judge will also decide how much money the other parent will pay for child support. Debt "Marital debt" means debts that a couple gets while they are married.
Parenting education Parents must attend a court-authorized in-class parenting education program before the judge decides parental responsibilities.
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