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August 27,2021

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Is It Possible to Get a Quick Divorce in Illinois?

HomeBlogDivorceIs It Possible to Get a Quick Divorce in Illinois?

If you are facing a divorce, you’re looking at a painful journey forward, and you would naturally like to get to the other side as quickly and smoothly as you possibly can (while protecting your parental and financial rights in the process). The good news is that if you and your divorcing spouse are on the same page regarding your divorce terms, there are very few obstacles to a fairly speedy divorce in Illinois. If a divorce is on your horizon, don’t wait to discuss the matter with an experienced Oak Brook divorce attorney today. 

Six-Month Separation

While there is a six-month separation requirement in Illinois before you can file for divorce, you and your divorcing spouse are not required to physically separate from one another. This requirement refers to a more symbolic separation, which establishes the irreconcilable differences element of your divorce, and by the time you make the final decision to divorce, this requirement is very likely to have already been met. In Illinois, once you file for divorce and negotiate terms with your spouse that you are both willing to sign off on, your divorce can proceed apace. 

Illinois Residency Requirements

While there is no divorce waiting period in Illinois, there is a residency requirement. In order to obtain a divorce in Illinois, either you or your spouse (if not both of you) must have lived in the state for at least 90 days. The State of Illinois is not interested in making the divorce process more complicated and protracted than it already tends to be. 

Joint Simplified Dissolution

There is an expedited divorce process in Illinois that applies only when a fairly lengthy list of requirements is satisfied, including:

  • You and your spouse meet the residency requirement and fill the required divorce forms out together. 
  • You have been married for fewer than eight years.
  • You and your spouse share no children (and neither of you is expecting a child).
  • You and your spouse have lived apart from one another for at least six months.
  • You and your spouse don’t own a home together.
  • You and your spouse have less than $10,000 in joint marital property; each of you earns less than $20,000 annually, and your combined income is less than $35,000 per year. 
  • You and your spouse both agree to waive the right to spousal support permanently. 
  • You and your spouse agree to a divorce that is no contest, and that is based on irreconcilable differences.

It is a tall order, but if all the above apply to your divorce, the path forward can be quite speedy. 

Seek the Professional Legal Guidance of an Experienced Oak Brook Divorce Attorney Today

If you’re facing a divorce, you want it to proceed as smoothly as possible, and Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in Oak Brook, Illinois, is standing by to help. Cameron built his career on helping clients like you prevail with beneficial divorce terms – while skillfully managing the divorce process as effectively and efficiently as possible. For more information about how we can also help you, please do not wait to contact us today.

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