It seems that more and more often Cook County lawyers are handling divorce matters in the collar counties. Often, there is a race to the court house to establish venue. Before the passage of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in 1977 if a divorce or legal separation action was filed in the wrong venue, the court acquired no jurisdiction and thus the decree that was entered was void. The IMDMA, however, specifically states that venue is no longer jurisdictional. 750 ILCS 5/104.
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