A bill has been sent to Illinois Governor Rauner which if he signs, will create major changes in current Illinois Divorce Law! Besides changing the grounds for divorce and doing away with certain types of related lawsuits, this bill makes major changes in child custody law.
Your Grounds for Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage. Currently you can sue for Adultery, Mental Cruelty, Physical Cruelty, Desertion, Substance Abuse. With the new law, the only grounds for divorce in Illinois would be irreconcilable differences. Even if that spouse has cheated or been physically cruel, the only grounds you will be able to sue under will be irreconcilable differences or no fault divorce. So we will become a completely No Fault State
No more suits for “Alienation of Affections” . In the past, you had a right to sue the “homebreaker”. If you felt that a spouse’s boyfriend or girlfriend, you could sue them for money damage. Not anymore!
It will also be easier to terminate parental rights based on what is more likely than not “clear and convincing” evidence.
As an Illinois Attorney and an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, I know how important it is for divorce lawyers to know the latest trends.
Divorce law seems to always be evolving!