Frequently Asked Questions


To get answers to frequent questions about divorce proceedings and issues, and consulting family law attorneys in the state of Illinois, please select one of the links below:

Initial Interviews
Initial interview questions to ask before hiring an Illinois divorce lawyer.

General Divorce Issues
Answers to questions about mediation, collaborative law, arbitration, divorce costs, attorney's fees, and grounds for divorce in the state of Illinois.

Property Issues in Divorce Proceedings

  • Prenuptial (Premarital) Agreements - Answers to questions about prenuptial agreements and alimony, child support, and hiring an attorney.
  • Division of Assets - Learn about equitable distribution of marital property, dissipation, non-marital estates, and income tax on marital assets.

Maintenance (Alimony) Issues in Illinois Divorce Proceedings
Types of alimony; eligibility for maintenance, and termination and modification of alimony.

Child Custody Issues
Learn about the types of child custody, criteria for awarding custody, and visitation rights.

Child Support Issues
Answers to questions about child custody and support; child support maintenance, modifications, and termination; attorney's fees; and enforcement

Paternity Issues
Learn about a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity and child support.

Orders of Protection
Learn about the types of Orders of Protection and your rights.

Same Sex Marriage: Same sex marriages are recognized in Illinois by means of a law signed November 20, 2013 going into effect June 1, 2014. Previously, Illinois had legalized civil unions as of June 2011. As of February 2014, same-sex marriage is legal in 17 U.S states and the District of Columbia.