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Grounds vs. Reasons for Divorce in Illinois

 Posted on February 22, 2024 in Divorce

IL divorce lawyerWhen a person’s spouse does something obnoxious or offensive, such as leaving crumbs in the bed or flirting with another person, you may hear others say, “That is grounds for divorce.” What they should say is, “That is a good reason to get divorced.” In Illinois, there is only one ground for divorce - irreconcilable differences. A divorce can be granted when such differences have caused a breakdown of the marital relationship and attempts at reconciling would be futile or unproductive. The reasons for divorce, on the other hand, are as numerous as the stars in the sky. People may choose to get divorced for nearly any reason they wish, so long as they can demonstrate that their differences are irreconcilable. If you have decided that you want a divorce, a Will County, IL, divorce attorney can help you begin the process.

Understanding Irreconcilable Differences 

If you feel that you cannot remain married to your spouse because your differences or disagreements are too great and the marital relationship is no longer working, you can almost certainly be granted a divorce in Illinois. Our courts have little to no interest in forcing people to stay in marriages they do not want to be in. You do not need to prove that your spouse has engaged in any particular form of misconduct; only that your marriage is not working out. It is rare for this to become a genuine issue requiring evidence to prove.

Common Reasons for Divorce 

You can get divorced for nearly any reason, no matter how minor it may seem to people who are not standing in your shoes. Common reasons for divorce include:

  • Unshared burdens - If you are the only one putting in the effort to keep your home clean and tidy while also working to financially support your family, you may find yourself becoming very frustrated with your spouse to the point where you feel you would be better off without them. 
  • Infidelity - If your spouse has cheated on you, you may have no desire to attempt reconciliation. 
  • Abuse or cruelty - If your spouse has been abusive or cruel to you or your children, getting divorced may be the best thing for your physical and mental health. 
  • Substance abuse - Being married to someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol and will not seek treatment can place an enormous burden on you. 
  • Growing apart - People may change over time. If you and your spouse have simply grown apart due to changing religious or political beliefs or want different lifestyles, getting divorced can free you both. 

These are only a few of the more common reasons people choose to divorce.

Contact a Naperville, IL, Divorce Lawyer

If you are ready to end your marriage for any reason, Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C. can help. Our experienced Will County, IL, divorce attorneys will work to show the court that you have irreconcilable differences. Contact us at 630-355-7776 for a free initial consultation.

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