June 1st marked the first day that couples could apply for civil union licenses in the state of Illinois, now the sixth state to recognize civil unions.  More than 200 civil union licenses were issued in Cook County on June 1st.  For dissolution purposes, civil unions will legally be treated similarly to marriages and governed by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  The question remains, will all those who could enter into a civil union be jumping at the opportunity?  And, if civil unions become abundant, will they come to an end at the same rate as standard marriages?  There is much debate, but only time will tell!

This post was written by Thomas T. Field: Family Law Partner