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Civil Unions

Des Plaines, Illinois Civil Union Attorney

Family Lawyer Advising Clients throughout Chicago and the Northwest Suburbs

Families come in many forms. The passage of the Illinois Civil Union Act, which took effect June 1, 2011, grants same sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples. At the Law Offices of Scott D. Rogoff, our Chicago area family law attorney is a well-versed in the legal rights afforded by the Illinois Civil Union Act and he will work to protect your rights and interests.

If you are seeking to enter into or dissolve an Illinois civil union, contact the Law Offices of Scott D. Rogoff at (847) 768-2194 to schedule a free consultation with our skilled Illinois civil union attorney.

Illinois Civil Union Act

In order to qualify for the rights afforded in the Illinois Civil Union Act, the couple must meet the following requirements:

  • Both parties must be age 18 or older
  • A Civil Union License must be obtained from the County Clerk of the county in which the parties reside.
  • If the civil union is entered into in another state, the laws of that state must be similar to the Illinois Civil Union Act

The Illinois Civil Union Act grants qualifying unmarried couples various rights comparable to the rights of married couples, including:

  • The recognition of a substantially similar legal relationship that was legally entered into in another state (except common law marriages)
  • The application of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to property distribution and maintenance issues in the event that the couple seeks to dissolve the civil union
  • The right to make medical decisions on behalf of his or her partner
  • The right to inherit property from his or her partner
  • The right to receive state-sponsored health care benefits afforded to his or her partner

Dissolution of an Illinois civil union

Relationships sometimes end and, like married couples, individuals who have entered into an Illinois civil union make seek to dissolve the relationship. Under the Illinois Civil Union Act, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act applies to legal issues involved with the termination of the relationship, including property distribution and maintenance issues.

Under Illinois law, either party may seek a dissolution of the civil union based on the no-fault grounds of irreconcilable differences or based on one of the various fault grounds, including mental cruelty, adultery, alienation of affection, physical cruelty, drug addiction or drunkenness, infection of a sexually transmitted disease, and conviction of a felony.

In order to dissolve an Illinois civil union, one party must first file a Petition for Dissolution with the appropriate Circuit Court. An uncontested dissolution of the civil union is one in which the parties have reached an agreement with respect to all issues affected by the dissolution of the civil union.

As a knowledgeable Illinois civil union attorney, Scott D. Rogoff provides compassionate and knowledgeable legal advice to couples seeking to enter into or dissolve an Illinois civil union. Contact our office at (847) 768-2194 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights with respect to an Illinois civil union.