FAQ: How fast can I get divorced in Illinois?

Do you want to get a fast divorce in Illinois? Do you live in DuPage County, Illinois, or somewhere else? If so, you might be able to get a fast and affordable uncontested divorce in under one month. Here is an FAQ relating to the question “How fast can I get divorced in Illinois?”

How fast can I get divorced in Illinois?

As an uncontested divorce lawyer in Illinois, I can tell you that many of my clients get divorced in less than 2 months, many in less than one month. Due to Covid-19 the courts might be on a different type of schedule. But it doesn’t really take too long in the grand scheme of things.

What is the fastest type of divorce?

The fastest type of divorce is an uncontested divorce in Illinois. An uncontested divorce in Illinois is one where both Parties agree on all issues relating to the divorce. Those issues might be some of the following, depending upon the specific facts:

  1. Division of assets and debts
  2. Spousal maintenance (formerly known as alimony)
  3. Child support
  4. Parental responsibilities (formerly known as “child custody”)
  5. Parenting time (formerly known as “visitation”)

Why is an uncontested divorce so fast?

Normally, court is very slow. Why? Because people need to follow a certain procedure, documents are filed, documents are responded to by the other side, court dates are scheduled months away – that sort of thing. That’s why divorce in Illinois can be very slow.

But an uncontested divorce in Illinois is different. With an uncontested divorce in Illinois, like one in DuPage County (the courthouse in Wheaton), you can get divorce quickly because both spouses agree on everything.

Fighting makes things take a long time.

But the process for an uncontested divorce in Illinois is simple. Here are the basics:

  1. Intake: Complete intake for uncontested divorce lawyer
  2. Sign: Sign procedural documents online, and sign settlement agreement in hard copy
  3. Case filed: The uncontested divorce lawyer files the case
  4. Court date: There is a court date, called a “prove up,” when the divorce is finalized

Sometimes the process can very a bit, and judges sometimes have specific requirements. But you get the idea.

An uncontested divorce in Illinois can be fast.

How much does it cost to get a fast divorce?

Often, it can cost less than $2,000, and that includes the court fees for BOTH parties. Court fees must be paid by both parties to move the case ahead in an uncontested manner.

Who can get a fast uncontested divorce in Illinois?

People who meet the below criteria are eligible to get an uncontested divorce in Illinois:

  1. Must be married (hah!) – it doesn’t matter where you were married
  2. One person must have lived in Illinois at least 90 days before the case is filed
  3. Both people agree on all issues in the divorce, and will COOPERATE to sign the necessary documents

How do I get an uncontested divorce lawyer in DuPage County, Illinois?

The easiest way to start an uncontested divorce is to use an uncontested divorce lawyer in Illinois. I handle cases not only in DuPage County, Illinois, but also in the counties of Cook, Champaign, Lake, Kendall, and McHenry.

You can contact me here, or call or text 224-300-0529.

Do I need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce?

Many people want to know if they need a lawyer for an uncontested divorce.

The answer? No . . .but kind of.

Using a lawyers is the best way to go, for a couple reasons:

  1. Protection: It is true that you could handle your uncontested divorce without a lawyer. And a judge might “divorce” you. But that doesn’t mean the terms of the divorce settlement are going to work out well for you. Just because a judge allows you to get divorce with certain settlement terms doesn’t mean the judge actually thinks you have a high-quality settlement. Using an Illinois uncontested divorce lawyer can you gain the protection you need by handling your issues in such a way that you avoid problems in the future. Furthermore, experienced divorce lawyers can highlight issues about which you otherwise might not be aware.
  2. Procedure: Following court procedures can be frustrating. And simply from a time-saving perspective, it often makes sense to use a lawyer so you can avoid wasting a bunch of time fumbling around with the procedure for an uncontested divorce.

About the author: David Wolkowitz is an uncontested divorce lawyer in DuPage County, Illinois. He makes uncontested divorce quick and affordable by using a streamlined process and offering flat-fee representation. DuPage County divorce court is located in Wheaton, Illinois.