Illinois divorce process

Understanding the DIY Divorce Process in Illinois

The road to marital bliss can sometimes find itself at a dead end. If you find you and your spouse have irreconcilable differences and need to dissolve the marriage, you have several options.  Getting a divorce in the state of Illinois is not as difficult as you might think. Depending on your qualifications, untying the knot could be as simple as filling out some paperwork and paying a fee. Find out what you need to know below.

You Don’t Need a Lawyer

The state of Illinois does not require you to hire a lawyer to obtain a divorce. Divorces are like taxes: some are easy and straightforward while others are convoluted with many ins and outs and exceptions. Particularly if you find yourself on the simple end of the divorce spectrum, you only need to print out the proper forms and submit it to the court system. Even if your divorce is complicated you can do it yourself; just know that more than likely you will have to appear in court and a judge will split you and your spouse’s assets.

Fault and No-fault Divorces

Simply put, the difference between the two types of divorces in Illinois is that on places blame of the failed marriage on one spouse or the other, while the other claims neither party is primarily at fault.

The qualifications for a fault marriage in the state of Illinois—also known as grounds for divorce—are as follows: passing an STD to a spouse, a felony conviction, impotence, a spouse who is currently married to more than one person, adultery, abandonment for over 12 months, drug or alcohol addiction for 24 months, attempted murder, and physical or mental abuse. No-fault divorces are typically an easier DIY type of divorce unless the guilty party in a fault marriage consents to the terms.

Contested and Uncontested Divorces

A contested divorce is where one spouse attempts to overturn the other’s grounds for divorce. You can do this kind of divorce yourself, but you will have to appear before a judge and act as your own legal counsel (both for legal and financial matters). You will need ample documentation and a variety of forms for this process.

An uncontested divorce is where both parties agree to the terms. This is typically easier to process without a lawyer, as there should be no dispute needing to be settled in court. There will still be fees.

Getting Started with a DIY Divorce

If you would like to learn more about the DIY divorce process, feel free to visit, or contact the Law Offices  Bradley R. Tengler. We have years of experience navigating the Illinois DIY divorce process and are happy to lend our assistance in answering any questions you may have.

Do it yourself divorce in Illinois