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  Question of the day My spouse and I are divorcing and cannot agree on the division of marital assets. Can the court help us resolve our differences? Answer: If divorcing spouses cannot reach an agreement, the court will distribute the assets and debt using the rule of equitable distribution or what it considers to be fair. In Illinois, the court considers each party's contribution to the marital property, the value of the property, length of the marriage, economic circumstances of each spouse, whether there is a prenuptial agreement, custodial issues involving the children, and the age, health and income of each spouse, among other factors. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to  

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