No More Grounds for Divorce
by Jason G. Schutte
The Generally Assembly recently drafted a revision of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act (Act), which will go into effect on January 1, 2016. One of many changes changes within the revision is grounds for divorce. Under the old version of the Act several grounds for dissolution of marriage (divorce) could be the basis for divorce action, for example- impotence, adultery and habitual drunkenness.
The new version of the Act provides only on ground for divorce, irreconcilable differences.
Additionally, the new version of the Act dispenses with the 2 year/6 month separation period. Under the new Act, if the parties to the divorce live separate and apart for a period of 6 months preceding the entry of the dissolution order, an irrebutable presumption will arise that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
 750 ILCS 5/401 (a-5) (2016)