I got married in Illinois. Do I have to get divorced in Illinois too?

No. The location of your divorce is determined not by where you got married, but by where you or your spouse live now. Be aware also of residency requirements in terms of the length of time lived in Illinois too, before a divorce is available to you here. The location of any minor children also plays a factor. That being said, if you married outside of the United States and plan to return to live in that country, the laws of that country should be considered insofar as recognizing an American divorce. An American divorce is recognized throughout the United States of America.  If more than one state is involved or you have not lived in Illinois for very long, you should speak to a divorce attorney about this right away, before addressing other factors.  Call me at 630 250-8810 to schedule a confidential consultation if you are concerned. 

Carol O'Connor Cadiz
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