What are the grounds for divorce in Illinois?

  • Adultery committed during the marriage
  • Attempted murder of the other spouse
  • Bigamy
  • Conviction of a felony or serious crime
  • Drug Abuse (serious)
  • Extreme physical and / or  mental cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Impotence
  • Spouse infection with a sexually transmitted disease
  • Willful desertion or absent for one year

The parties have lived separate and apart for a continuous period in excess of two years, irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and the court determines that efforts at reconciliation have failed or that future attempts at reconciliation would be impracticable and not in the best interests of the family; or

The parties have lived separate and apart for a continuous period of at least six months prior to the entry of judgment dissolving the marriage, and both parties agree to waive the two-year requirement.

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