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In Illinois, spousal abandonment is considered grounds for dissolution of the marriage. Illinois divorce law requires that the property be divided equitably but not necessarily equally. Generally, the court is prohibited from using marital misconduct including abandonment in property division and division of debts. The court has the power to allocate property to achieve substantial equity between the parties, but to do so, it must consider the economic circumstances of each spouse.


Asking family and friends for recommendations is often a good source for obtaining a referral. You can also find a lawyer through a legal referral service. The Illinois State Bar Association’s lawyer referral service offers an affordable way to speak with an attorney to learn more about your options. Call 800-922-8757 and receive a 30-minute consultation with a lawyer in your area for no more than $25. Or, you can search the ISBA’s online database ( for lawyers who practice in the field of law you need.


If you have tried unsuccessfully to collect the funds, contact the clerk of the court that heard your case to obtain the forms necessary for garnishment of wages. If the defendant still does not pay, you may be able to file for contempt of court to enforce the judgment. Other enforcement proceedings are available.


Ethical wills, also called legacy letters, are non-binding, non-legal documents whose purpose is to pass on family heritage, history and tradition, and to share principles and values of the writer. The other type of will is a written legal document that, when signed and witnessed, controls the disposition of a person’s property at death. In Illinois, the maker of a will must be at least 18 years old and of sound mind and memory.

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