There is a show on television called “Married At First Sight” in which strangers are matched by relationship professionals. The show represents that the strangers do not meet or even know each other’s names until they marry. Then after a month or so the couples decide if they want to divorce or continue being married. As a Chicago divorce lawyer, I think about all the legal risks of marrying a stranger. In the episodes I saw, there was no mention of prenuptial agreements. Thus, if any of the couples decide to divorce there could be a number of contested legal issues. In two of the couples, one spouse earns significantly more than the other (although actual numbers are not revealed). If they divorce, will the lower-earning spouse demand that the higher-earning spouse pay maintenance (“alimony”) or cover most of the expenses related to the divorce? It is unlikely that the legal realities of divorce will be aired on the show. If you have questions about Illinois divorce, call Chicago divorce lawyer Tanya Witt at (312) 500-5400 or email This blog does not constitute legal advice. Please consult an attorney about your specific case.