I want to divorce someone who lives outside Illinois
To file for divorce in Illinois, one spouse must have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days before the entry of the divorce judgment. This means that someone who lives in Illinois can get a divorce from a spouse who lives outside of Illinois. If the divorce case will decide who gets parental responsibilities for any children, the children must have lived in Illinois for at least 6 months.
I want to divorce someone in jail
You can get a divorce even if your spouse is in jail or in prison. You have to serve your spouse with your petition for divorce and any other court papers. You need to include your spouse’s inmate number on the website for the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC), and the name and the address of the jail or prison on the summons and other paperwork. A judge will not order a spouse who is in jail or in prison to pay child support until they are released. If your spouse is being held in another county, you have to call the civil process department in the Sheriff's office in that county. Once the papers are delivered to your spouse, they will give you a Return of Service form as proof that your spouse was notified. Afterward, the process continues as a normal divorce.
I want to divorce someone in the military
Divorce is different if one of the spouses is in the military. This is because there are special legal issues that military families need to work out. For more information, see Stateside Legal, which is a resource for military members, veterans, and their families.
Updated: September 2016