Chicago White Sox All-Star Pitcher Announces Divorce, Filings Cite “Irreconcilable Differences”
Whether you are a baseball fan with an Average Joe job, or a baseball star with a major-league career, no one is immune to divorce. Time after time we see star-studded couples make divorce announcements in press briefings, social media posts, and on daytime talk shows. Indeed, divorce can happen to anyone, regardless of wealth, prestige, fame, and fortune. Accordingly, the newest celebrity split hitting the front pages of the news today with full-force is that of Chicago White Sox All-Star pitcher Lucas Giolito and soon-to-be ex-wife Ariana Dubelko.
According to local and national reports, Chicago White Sox All-Star pitcher Lucas Giolito took to social media earlier this week to announce the couple’s divorce. Giolito maintained that the decision to end the 4-year marriage was mutual, stating “Ariana and I have made the difficult, but mutual decision to amicably end our marriage. We have shared many memorable moments and experiences together, and want to emphasize our continued friendship and respect for one another.” Giolito went on to say, “After thoughtful consideration and discussions, we have chosen to follow separate paths while maintaining the bond we have nurtured over the years. While our decision to end our marriage is undoubtedly a significant one, we are each committed to maintaining our friendship and supporting each other as we enter this new phase of our respective lives.” Dubelko filed for the divorce in California, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the basis for the couple’s split. But what are “irreconcilable differences” and what does that term mean in the context of a Chicago divorce?
“Irreconcilable Differences” as a Basis for Divorce in Chicago
In Chicago, a person seeking a divorce need not plead any specific grounds (such as “infidelity”, “domestic violence”, “abandonment”, “substance abuse”, etc.) as a reason for a divorce. In January, 2016, Illinois became what is known as a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that those individuals seeking a divorce need only file for a divorce on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.” Accordingly, judges do not look to who is at fault or what the grounds of the divorce are in Chicago dissolution of marriage proceedings. The important thing is that the couple has “irreconcilable differences” such that the marriage is “irretrievably broken”. This takes the burden off of individuals filing for divorce to plead “grounds” for the end of the marriage, making dissolution of marriage more accessible for those seeking it in Chicago.
Help with Your Chicago Divorce Case
If you are in Chicago and you are thinking about filing for a divorce, it is best to first speak with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer about your rights, options, and next steps. The experienced Chicago divorce lawyers at the law firm Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC offer a confidential consultation to listen to your unique story and to see if they can help fight for you in your Chicago divorce case. Contact the experienced Chicago divorce lawyers at Birnbaum Gelfman Sharma & Arnoux, LLC and speak to a lawyer confidentially about your divorce case today.