Court Opens Door to Divorce for Mentally Disabled
For years, Illinois has barred mentally disabled people or their guardians from seeking a divorce. Experts say that included people with severe brain damage but also people who could make their wishes known despite Alzheimer's disease or mental illness.
In a ruling Thursday, the Supreme Court said an outright ban is no longer appropriate. It said case-by-case hearings should determine what is in the disabled person's best interests. The advocacy group Equip for Equality praises the ruling. They call it a "major change" that will look at each disabled person individually.
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