Ending a marriage is rarely easy, and the desire to get through the process as quickly and painlessly as possible sometimes leads divorcing spouses in Illinois to make financial decisions that haunt them for years to come. Many of these poor decisions are made during property division negotiations when assets such as real estate or automobiles are discussed. This is because these assets are often financed with loans that both of the spouses involved have signed.
Once a couple in Illinois decides to divorce, the next step is for them to fill out legal documents and file them at the courthouse. During this process, each spouse must decide how to divide his or her assets and money, including jewelry and financial holdings. While it is simple to split up books, DVDs and similar belongings, it is difficult to divide monies and properties.
One of the most common assets sought after during an Illinois divorce is the family home. If a decision is made that one former spouse will retain the home, the next step is to determine how to handle the mortgage. Possibilities include retaining the original joint mortgage, refinancing the mortgage and loan assumption.