How to Get What You Deserve in a Divorce Property Division
Dividing property between divorcing spouses is often a source of frustration
and unrest in
Illinois divorces; however, it need not be.
Property that is divided between
divorcing spouses is referred to as "
Non-marital property is the sole property of one spouse, and is
not subject to division by the
Illinois divorce courts.
The issue to resolve, then, is "
What constitutes the marital property of
divorcing spouses in Illinois
Illinois divorce law statutes define "marital property" as "all the property
that is acquired by either spouse during the marriage" (750 ILCS 5/503).
- property acquired before the marriage;
- property gifted to one spouse;
- property inherited by one spouse;
- property received in exchange for all of the above;
property acquired after a
- property excluded from marital property by a pre- or post-nuptial agreement; and
- income earned on all of the above.
Property that is normally considered sole property can take the form of
marital property when the two forms of property are commingled to a point
that the sole property cannot be differentiated from the marital property.
Illinois divorce courts use the following factors when making decisions regarding what is "
marital property" and what is "
- contribution of both spouses;
- use of the property by both spouses;
- the value each spouse assigns to the property;
- length of the marriage;
- the relative economic circumstance of each spouse;
- financial obligations from prior marriage(s);
- the existence of any pre- or post- nuptial agreements; and
- the best interests of the child(ren).
Determining what is marital property versus sole property is not always
easy, and is often the source of conflict in
You should only work with a
north suburban Chicago divorce and family law attorney who has significant experience in
Illinois divorce and property law. The
Cook County and Lake County divorce attorney of
Sylvester Law Firm has such experience.
We invite you to call the
Wilmette, Glenview and Northbrook divorce lawyer of
Sylvester Law Firm at
(847) 251 - 2999 to get answers to your important questions about
Illinois divorce and marital property. Your questions are always welcome.