The first thing you need to understand is that a legal separation does not end your marriage. When a court grants a legal separation, it is usually because a couple is not yet ready to divorce or it may be because some administrative requirement has not been met. For example, if one or both spouses has not established residency in Illinois, a legal separation can be an effective temporary solution.
When we're married, we seem to share everything. We share checking accounts. We share cars. We share kids. We share computers and iPads.
Divorce. The very word sends waves of dread throughout Illinois couples considering a permanent break. Unfortunately, it is sometimes the only solution that will end an unhappy situation and return peace of mind to all involved parties.
For some couples in Illinois, a healthy divorce seems far out of reach. When issues of domestic violence and abuse exist, divorcing is just as challenging as the marriage was. However, in many cases, a healthy divorce is something couples can achieve, especially when it is a goal shared by both spouses.