On what basis can a divorce be granted in Illinois, and does fault determine the outcome?

By Madilyn Keating Ellsworth
June 29, 2017
On what basis can a divorce be granted in Illinois, and does fault determine the outcome?

As of 2016 Illinois is a no-fault divorce state. Fault-based grounds like infidelity or mental cruelty are no longer applicable, and make no difference in the outcome of your divorce. The only ground for dissolving a marriage in Illinois is what’s called irreconcilable differences. Irreconcilable differences means that there was an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage, your efforts at reconciliation with your spouse has failed, and future attempts at reconciliation with your spouse would be either impracticable or not in the best interests of your family.


Madilyn Keating Ellsworth is an associate attorney at the Chicago-based firm Boyle Feinberg, P.C. Madilyn practices all aspects of family law including child custody, child support, distribution of assets, and post-dissolutions matters. To learn more about Madilyn and her firm, visit www.boylefeinbergfamilylaw.com or the firm’s profile.

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June 29, 2017
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