Getting an Expedited Divorce in Illinois

Divorce does not need to always be a lengthy and complicated process. Couples who are willing to work together can often avoid litigation and navigate the process quickly and easily. What’s more, Illinois law provides for joint simplified dissolution of marriage under certain circumstances. This procedure is much faster and simpler than even the most straightforward typical divorces. 

In addition to meeting the normal jurisdictional and residency requirements for divorce in Illinois, parties seeking a joint simplified dissolution of marriage must also meet several additional criteria: 

  • Each party must be self-sufficient and not rely upon the other for support. In the alternative, each party may simply waive any entitlement to spousal support. 
  • The parties must be able to meet the requirements for a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. 
  • There must be no children of the relationship and the wife must not be pregnant at the time. 
  • The marriage must have been less than eight years in duration. 
  • Neither party may own any interest in real estate. 
  • The parties must have combined assets worth less than $10,000. 
  • The parties must have combined annual income of less than $35,000. 
  • The parties must disclose their assets and earnings for the duration of the marriage. 
  • The parties must have entered an agreement for the distribution of all marital property in excess of $100. 

Because of the numerous requirements, joint simplified dissolution is not available in the majority of cases. Moreover, even if it is available it may not always be the best option. An experienced Illinois divorce lawyer can help guide you to the best course of action for your individual circumstances.

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