If the parties are unable to resolve all the important issues of their divorce, the outstanding issues will be resolved through a procedure and the judge issues a dissolution order that will set out his or her decisions on those matters. The alternative to a trial is a marital agreement. If both parties agree and cooperate, a written agreement leaves no doubt about the details of the termination of your marital relationship. We see many more pre-marital agreements for second or third marriages. And Illinois law provides for broad enforcement of pre-judicial agreements if they are properly designed and enforced. The typical separation agreement or conciliation agreement to resolve a divorce should determine whether the agreement should extend the divorce decision as a separate contract or whether it should be merged and included in the divorce decision, so that it could be amended in the same way as a judicial order. . . .
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