Are you legally divorced?

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In all probability, you are not legally divorced. Why? Citizens will be publishing a series of articles on why most divorces, at least in Illinois, are not legal.

You may answer that a judge signed the divorce judgment. Yes, the judge may have signed the divorce judgment, but did he have the legal authority to issue a judgment of dissolution of marriage (divorce)?

Our research has indicated that there is not just one general rule that determines the invalidity of a divorce judgment. Each case may be different. The determining factor is the law, a subject that many lawyers and judges, who although they have had the training in law, do not know.

To protect themselves and to deceive the unknowing litigants, judges rule that they have subject-matter jurisdiction even when they do not have it. But a finding by a judge that he has subject-matter jurisdiction does not give him jurisdiction, unless an inspection of the record of the case provides proof that the record conferred subject-matter jurisdiction upon the judge.

Courts of Limited Jurisdiction

Does your court have Subject-Matter Jurisdiction?

Did your court obtain in personam jurisdiction?

Want of jurisdiction

More Sham Divorces #2

More Sham Divorces #3

Keep your eye on this series of articles. New and revised information will be provided frequently.


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Created June 1, 1999 Revised October 6, 1999