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Collaborative Law is an alternative, non-adversarial way to dissolve a marriage that seeks to minimize the cost, stress and frustrating delays associated with traditional litigated divorce.
In Illinois, a divorce is finalized when a judge enters a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage. How that happens depends on the circumstances of the case, the willingness of the parties to come to their own agreements rather than have a judge decide for them, and the attorneys involved in the case.
In Illinois, an award of maintenance (formerly known as “alimony”) may be ordered in the final Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage. The judge can also order temporary maintenance to be paid during the divorce process itself.
As of January 1, 2016, there is no longer “custody” in Illinois. Instead of legal and residential custody, the new law requires an Allocation Judgment and Parenting Plan.
In Illinois, a non-custodial parent has a right to reasonable parenting time (formerly more frequently called “visitation”) with the child, unless there is some child endangerment issue.