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All divorce cases in Illinois are started by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition sets forth the issues before the Judge. Typically, it is very adversarial because it is a pleading. A pleading is a formal legal document. Any statements made in the document will be taken as true by a Court. So, regardless of whether your matter is uncontested or you expect to be litigating all issues in court, you should not admit to any fact in the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that may be disadvantageous to you. It is just common sense.
Once the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Petition and a Summons must be served on your spouse. Service is usually performed by a Sheriff or by a private investigator. Your spouse may be served at home or at work. Once it is served upon your spouse, he or she will have 30 days to officially respond to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
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