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The ISBA Discusses “No-Fault” Divorces

Question: When can “no-fault” be used as grounds in a divorce? Answer: In Illinois, the no-fault grounds for divorce are based on the couple living separate and apart for a period of time, which is six months for couples who agree on the divorce, but two years for couples where only one member seeks the divorce. To file for a no-fault divorce in Illinois, at least one spouse has to have resided here for at least 90 days.       For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to   Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit