For many Illinoisans, divorce is a study in transformation. He or she starts as one person and finishes as a different one. In part, this transformation is because of the journey of personal discovery that divorce takes most people through. But personal discovery is not the only kind of discovery that goes on during a divorce: Illinoisans also need to go through legal discovery.
Discovery of the legal variety is the process for exchanging divorce-related information between the separating spouses. This process can be informal (if cooperation is possible) or formal (if cooperation has evaporated). Under the informal process, the parties can simply exchange relevant documents. Under the formal process, the parties exchange information in response to various types of legally-binding requests.