You have had it up to your ears with your spouse, and your spouse is fed up with you. You both know that you want to end the marriage, but you both also know how stressful, long and drawn out divorces can become. You know you want something that is as quick and easy as possible.
One option that you may have is to apply for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage. This type of divorce is expedited and can allow you and your spouse to complete a divorce much quicker than a traditional divorce. Importantly, there are certain requirements that couples must meet in order to qualify to use a joint simplified dissolution of marriage.
Requirements for a Simplified Divorce
Only certain couples qualify to file for a joint simplified divorce. According to Illinois law, the following requirements must be met before a couple can file for a simplified divorce:
- Either you or your spouse has been a resident of Illinois for at least 90 days;
- Neither of you are dependent on the other for financial support or both of you have agreed to waive your right to spousal support;
- You have proved that irreconcilable differences have caused the marriage to break down and you have tried, to no avail, to reconcile;
- You and your spouse did not have children during the marriage, did not adopt children during the marriage and the wife is not currently pregnant by the husband;
- You were not married for more than eight years;
- Neither of you have any interest in real property or retirement benefits, or if you do, the retirement benefits are held in individual accounts that total less than $10,000;
- The total value of all marital property is less than $50,000, the combined gross annual income is less than $60,000 and neither of you have a gross income of more than $30,000;
- You and your spouse have disclosed to each other all of your assets, liabilities and tax returns from all years of the marriage;
- You and your spouse have a written agreement dividing all assets and allocating responsibility for all debts and liabilities; and
- You and your spouse have a written agreement stating who has the ownership and responsibility of any companion animals owned by you.
Call a DuPage County Simplified Divorce Lawyer Today
Making the decision to get a divorce does not come quickly or easily to most people. Marriages do not just break overnight -- they often take months or even years to deteriorate to the point of divorce. The last thing you want to do after making the decision to get a divorce is to be stuck in a neverending divorce process. If you qualify, filing for a joint simplified divorce may be your best option.
At the Goostree Law Group, we can help you determine whether you are permitted to file for a simplified divorce. Our skilled Wheaton divorce attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have about the divorce process. Call our office today at 630-364-4046 to schedule a free consultation.