Grounds for Uncontested Divorce
Both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce are recognized in Illinois.
Fault based grounds, which the Plaintiff must prove before the court, include the following: impotence, bigamy, adultery, abandonment for at least a year, alcohol abuse or drug addiction for two years, attempting to take the other spouse’s life, extreme physical or mental cruelty, a felony conviction, and infecting the other spouse with a venereal disease.
Filing for a no-fault divorce implies that neither spouse must prove anything. No-fault grounds for divorce include living separately for at least two years, and irreconcilable differences which caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Under the no-fault grounds, it is possible to file a joint petition for simplified dissolution.