When a couple decides to get a divorce, it can be a complex and emotional process for everyone involved. But in Illinois, couples can file for an uncontested divorce, which can simplify the process and help make it easier for both parties. Before filing, find out what you need about uncontested divorces in Illinois.
What Is an Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which both parties agree on all issues related to the end of their marriage, including property division, child custody, and child support. An uncontested divorce is typically faster and cheaper than a contested divorce, as it does not require a trial or extended litigation.
Eligibility Requirements for an Uncontested Divorce in Illinois
To file for an uncontested divorce in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements:
- You and your spouse must separate for at least six months.
- You must have filed a petition for divorce with the court.
- You and your spouse must agree on all issues related to your divorce, including child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, division of property, and any other outstanding issues.
- You must sign and submit the divorce papers to the court.
If you meet all of these requirements, you can file for an uncontested divorce in Illinois without trial, saving the financial and emotional costs of protracted litigation.
Advantages of an Uncontested Divorce
There are many advantages to an uncontested divorce. One advantage is that it saves time and money. Contested divorces can take months or even years to resolve, while an uncontested divorce can be finalized in weeks.
Another advantage of an uncontested divorce is that it allows the parties to maintain control over the outcome of their case. For example, in a contested divorce, the court will decide important issues such as child custody and visitation, division of property and debt, and spousal support. However, in an uncontested divorce, the parties can reach an agreement on these issues without involving the court, allowing them to have more control over the outcome of their case.
Finally, an uncontested divorce often provides a more amicable resolution for divorcing couples.
Seek the Advice of a Knowledgeable Family Lawyer
If you have any questions about your specific case or situation, we recommend consulting an experienced divorce attorney for legal advice tailored to your situation.