People in Illinois who wish to make a commitment to each other but do not wish to get married can consider entering into a civil union. For some time, these agreements provided same-sex couples with the only opportunity they had to enjoy some sort of legalization of their relationships. Today, however, these couples can choose to get married yet may still feel that a civil union is the better option.
Most Illinois residents have either friends or family members that have gone through a divorce. They have also likely heard many stories of the hardships associated with this experience. Identifying marital property and non-marital property as part of an overall property division settlement alone can be hard. The added struggles associated with determining child custody, child support, spousal support and more only increases the potential for challenges to arise.
Ask anyone you know who has been through a divorce and you will no doubt get agreement from all that a divorce can be a very complex and emotionally draining experience. It can also be very financially challenging with one or both spouses losing some financial stability or assets. Dividing marital property is rarely easy but can be made simpler if a prenuptial agreement is in place.