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Naperville family law attorneyGetting divorced is a traumatic and difficult process for many people, but if you have a possessive or controlling spouse, the process can be even harder. A spouse’s worst behavior is often brought out during divorce; in fact, research shows that victims of domestic violence are at the greatest risk of being seriously hurt or killed when they try to leave their abuser. If you are considering divorce in Illinois and are worried your spouse may try to stalk you, intimidate you, or otherwise control you, here are four things you can do that may help. 

Change Your Passwords 

Many couples share passwords to their accounts. Without you even realizing it, your spouse may be legally accessing your private information. Emails, bank statements, browser history, social media accounts, and text messages could all be easily available unless you change passwords. 

Open Personal Financial Accounts

If you share bank accounts, credit cards, or a cell phone plan with your spouse, you may want to consider closing them or getting your own private accounts. Even closing down shared accounts for online retailers that are connected to your credit cards may be a good idea. Be sure to talk to an attorney before you close any accounts that may be considered marital property. 


IL divorce lawyerWhen a couple in Illinois has been married for a short time and wants to legally end their relationship, they may be able to pursue something known as a “joint simplified dissolution.” Joint simplified dissolutions are different from a declaration of invalidity of a marriage, which makes a marriage as if it never happened. Instead, a joint simplified dissolution is a divorce that allows couples with no children and no significant assets to end their relationship in an expedited process. If you want to learn more about whether you may qualify for a joint simplified divorce in Illinois, read on.

Joint Simplified Dissolution Definition and Requirements

A joint simplified dissolution is essentially a fast-track divorce process for simple divorces in Illinois. A joint simplified divorce takes fewer forms, usually costs far less money, and moves much faster than a traditional divorce. Most joint simplified divorces can be completed after only one court appearance.

Certain requirements must be met for a couple to qualify for a joint simplified dissolution. These include:


IL divorce lawyerMost residents of Illinois know what divorce is, but fewer people understand the concept of a legal separation. While many people think of legal separation as simply a temporary period during which a couple can do a kind of trial run for divorce, legal separation is actually much more complicated. If you want to learn more about legal separation in Illinois and whether it may be right for you, read on.

What Does it Mean to Be Legally Separated?

Legal separation is when spouses choose to separate their lives, physically, financially, and, usually, emotionally. But rather than a temporary breakup, a legal separation is approved by an Illinois court and deals with many of the same issues as divorce. Parents of children under 18 who seek a legal separation must create a parenting agreement and deal with child support. Couples must also divide marital assets and debt, and one spouse may need to pay spousal maintenance or alimony.

Although this sounds very similar to divorce, under a legal separation, the marriage is not technically ended. This means neither spouse can remarry and spouses can still inherit from one another.

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