Our Tinley Park alimony attorneys explain information Illinois divorce courts use to make decisions regarding the awarding of spousal maintenance during a divorce. Property subject to division by the court includes, but is not limited to, homes, automobiles, furniture, bank accounts, retirement accounts, pensions, stocks, and business interests. Marital property means all property acquired by either spouse subsequent to the marriage. Most people are familiar with community property states, such as California, that divide the marital estate equally. Illinois is an equitable property state and, therefore, Illinois courts order a fair division of the property. Although an equitable division of the marital estate is considered on a case-by-case basis, the court is prohibited from considering marital misconduct when dividing the marital estate. Property will be divided fairly without the court acknowledging the transgressions of either spouse.