This is the first of a two-part column. The second part will be published on Monday.
Section 503(d) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act directs the court to divide marital property “in just proportions.” This is the concept of “equitable distribution.”
The below case law points out that the judge has broad discretion in dividing marital property. Some of the holdings demonstrating the broad discretion exercised by the trial courts are reviewed below.
An award of 76 percent …