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Mentally Disabled May be Soon Able to Divorce in Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that the state ban on people with mental disabilities or their guardians getting a divorce is “no longer appropriate.” The law applied to individuals with severe brain damage, as well was adults with Alzheimer’s disease or mental illness. The court found a blanket ban on all divorce actions was not appropriate, but that case-by-case hearings should be conducted to determine whether the divorce was in the disabled person’s best interests. The ruling is a step in the right direction for equal rights for people with this type of disability.