Even if your spouse ignores the divorce case completely you can still obtain a dissolution of the marriage.
Dating during the pendency of the divorce creates potential strategic issues.
You should consider the effect your dating might have on your spouse’s willingness to settle the case and how it will affect the issues that are contested in the divorce, which will in turn affect the cost of the litigation.
If the case is not settled, then there may be several court appearances at which the parties must be present to resolve either the interim issues or to testify at the final hearing.
If you cannot locate your spouse to serve him or her with the divorce papers, then you can serve by publication.
As the issues that develop during a case will affect what is required to successfully litigate your case, it is impossible to predict exactly how much it will cost at the start of your case.
Simple uncontested cases will be less expensive, while more complex, adversarial cases will cost more.
Therefore, you may live in Illinois less than 90 days before filing, but must meet the 90-day residency requirement by the time the judgment is entered.
However, if neither party lived in Illinois for 90 days prior to the filing, the petition may be subject to dismissal if another state already had jurisdiction or if Illinois does not have jurisdiction over both parties.
Therefore, it is worth the effort to find the absent spouse through a private investigator or other locator services to obtain personal service.