After many attempts to stay together, I have decided to divorce my spouse. Do I need to have a legal reason for this, like proof that my spouse cheated on me?

Not in the sense that a specific wrong must be proven, as was once the case. Today, every state--including Illinois--has a “no fault” divorce option, where neither party is required to show that the other is at fault for the end of the marriage. This is also known as filing due to irreconcilable differences.

In Illinois, there are several additional legal reasons, or “grounds,” for a divorce, which include extreme emotional or physical cruelty, adultery, a felony conviction or desertion for more than a year.

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