Simplified Divorce

A simple divorce? From what you have heard simplified divorce about the divorce process, it is nowhere near short, simple, and cheap. Every divorce you have heard about is contentious, involves lawyers and arguments, and ends up being expensive. Good news! You might be able to avoid all of this!

In Illinois, parties may file a joint petition for simplified dissolution. In order to qualify for this simplified divorce, the parties must meet the following requirements:

  • Neither party is requesting spousal support or maintenance from the other
  • Both parties have lived in Illinois for 90 days or more prior to filing the petition
  • Irreconcilable differences led to the breakdown of the marriage
  • The parties do not have children of the marriage
  • The marriage is less than eight years old
  • Neither party has interest in real property such as a house, and neither party has retirement benefits that exceed $10,000 combined
  • The fair market value of personal property is less than $50,000 and neither party has a gross annual income exceeding $30,000

If you meet these requirements, you can simply file a petition for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage along with your marital settlement agreement dividing all marital property and present the agreement to a DuPage, Will, Kendall, or Kane County judge for approval.

If you need help preparing a settlement agreement and petition for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage, contact our experienced family law attorneys serving the Naperville, Wheaton, Joliet, Aurora, and Bolingbrook areas today.