divorce http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-supreme-court-opens-door-divorce-mentally-disabled <p>The Illinois Supreme Court has opened the door to divorce for people who need guardians because of mental disabilities.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:52:07 +0000 The Associated Press 5034 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Supreme Court Opens Door To Divorce For Mentally Disabled