Legal Question in Family Law in Illinois

can I press charges for adultery on the un-married party.

Asked on 6/05/13, 8:11 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Jonathan Shimberg SHIMBERG and CROHN, P.C.

Only the states Attorney presses criminal charges for adultery. i do not believe that there has been any such charge placed in over 50 years. If you want to seek a divorce on the grounds of adultery, you are entitled to do so, but it does not give a leg up on anything and in fact may adversely affect you - judges do not like such public airing as it is on the record forever.

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Answered on 6/05/13, 8:42 am
Lela Davis Law Office of Lela J. Davis

I believe that adultery is still a crime in Illinois, however it is a Class A misdemeanor. It would be up to the State's Attorney to press charges against your spouse.

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Answered on 6/06/13, 6:18 am

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