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While nobody gets married expecting to get divorced one day, the statistics speak for themselves. Nearly 1 in 2 Illinois couples who get married can expect to eventually get divorced. Finding good information about divorce is not easy, especially if you are in a “non-traditional” marriage. Perhaps you worry about being judged by an attorney, or have questions about whether the divorce process is the same for you as it is for other couples. If you have questions about LGBTQ divorce in Illinois, check this blog for answers to common questions and then speak with a compassionate LGBTQ divorce attorney

Is it Legal for Gay Couples to Get Divorced in Illinois? 

Yes. Illinois divorce laws apply equally to everyone. Homosexual couples can divorce as long as they: 

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You're getting divorced, and you do have a lot of issues you need to work out where your child is concerned.

One big issue that many divorcing parents overlook is how they plan to handle the situation when their child is old enough to drive. Whether your child is a teenager who is fast approaching the test for their learner's permit or is still years away from that step, this is something you should talk about with your co-parent today.

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The unfortunate reality is that the LGBTQ community has long faced significant discrimination. This was perhaps best exemplified by the fact that gay marriage was not even legal in all 50 states up until 2015.

But that has changed now, and gay couples can get married in any state that they would like. Does this mean that discrimination toward this group is coming to an end? Or do people within this community still feel like they face consistent discrimination?

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It is well known that money causes a lot of divorce cases. Some have even gone so far as to say that most divorces happen because of money or financial pressure. And it is certainly clear that money plays a big role in the property division process.

But this doesn't just mean that you're going to get divorced if you don't earn enough or if you have too much debt. Certainly, this type of financial stress can lead to the end of your marriage, but it could also happen just because of the way that you and your spouse view money itself.

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Illinois was one of the few states that legalized same-sex marriage before the United States Supreme Court made such marriages legal at the federal level. Beginning in 2013, Illinois recognized same-sex marriages, paving the way for greater rights for gay and lesbian couples.

Many of the people who suddenly had their relationships recognized by the state in 2013 or after the Supreme Court ruling two years later had been in a committed relationship with their partner for years at that point. Those with same-sex, committed relationships predating the legalization of same-sex marriages in Illinois may have unique concerns if they divorce.

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