Preparing for a divorce can be a very difficult process. First, assess your life and determine why divorce is necessary. If a divorce is necessary, then determine what type of divorce is necessary. Is the divorce contested or uncontested? Have you spoken with your spouse? Do both parties agree or disagree regarding the nature of the divorce? How will you handle being a single income household? Next, evaluate your feelings regarding “divorce.” Divorces can be complex and cause an array of emotions. Many individuals do not understand the legal consequences of ending a marriage. Finally, make sure you meet the minimal requirements for divorce. In Illinois, divorces can only be granted if you or your spouse have been a resident of Illinois for at least ninety days, you or your spouse have been separated, and there have been irreconcilable differences. Please note there have been significant changes in the Illinois Dissolution of Marriage Act as of January 01, 2016. To learn more about starting the divorce process and receiving assistance preparing for a divorce, call our law office.