A divorce in the state of Illinois can be complicated by a variety of factors: children, length of marriage, monetary concerns and geography. In a divorce in which the parties have high net worth, settlements are often complicated and require the services of accounting firms and other professionals, and might take months or even years to resolve.
One such case, in the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, the husband claimed that the property allocation was inequitable. According to Illinois Courts, the appellate court ruling did not find the allocation of property was unfair, but it did remand the case back to trial court for further consideration in part because the trial court failed to allocate some marital assets. The case involved a thirty-year marriage with marital assets of well over $10 million. In the trail court, the husband received just under 38% of the estate, while the wife received just above 62% of the estate. The husband argued that this allocation created an illusion of parity while resulting in a large economic disparity.
Money plays a role in divorce, though it is sometimes hard to discern clear cut patterns. An article in USA Today states that money issues are among the main reasons for divorce. An analysis of divorces in the U.S. indicated that the highest areas of divorce in each state (except for four states) had a lower median income than the rest of the state. The article conjectured that spouses with a troubled relationship might be reluctant to divorce if it jeopardized their level of financial security. East Alton has the highest percentage of divorced people in Illinois.