The first same-gender divorce has been filed in Illinois. Mark Bayer and Dr. Nathan Fredrick married in Canada and moved to Peoria for Dr. Fredrick’s career as an emergency room doctor. Bayer, a nurse, injured his back during the marriage and is no longer able to work. Bayeris askingfor maintenance (“alimony”). Now that Illinois recognizes civil unions, same-gender couples that married or entered into a similar legal status outside of Illinois can dissolve that marriage or union in Illinois. Since June 1, 2011 there have been same-sex divorces filed in Chicago and throughout Illinois. If you have questions about same-gender divorce, call me — Chicago divorce lawyer Tanya Witt at (312) 948-9884 or email The above blog post does not constitute legal advice. Please discuss your specific rights with an attorney.