Simple Divorce Attorney in Lake County & Cook County, Illinois
A Simplified Process
Depending on the circumstances, certain divorces are far less complicated than others. If you and your spouse are considering a simplified divorce process, the experienced staff at Goldstein Law Office can help. With our attorney’s more than four decades of family law experience, we are well suited to offer advice and guidance as you transition to the next phase of your life.
Uncontested Versus Simplified
Although often thought of as the same, uncontested and joint simplified divorces differ significantly. An uncontested divorce is a divorce where both spouses agree on all divorce issues and litigation or extensive negotiation is not needed. By resolving issues together, spouses negate the need to spend hours at the negotiating table or in court. This can limit divorce-related costs and the process’s duration.
A joint simplified divorce expedites the divorce process, but to qualify, couples must meet certain requirements. Couples who do not have children or significant assets, and who agree on all divorce-related issues and other statutory requirements, may qualify. Those requirements include:
Absence of spousal maintenance
Illinois has jurisdiction over the divorce
The spouses either lived apart for 6 months or agree to waive that requirement
The duration of the marriage was less than eight years
Neither spouse owns real property
Marital property value is less than the current limit
The couple meets income limitations
Both spouses disclosed all assets, liabilities and tax information for the duration of the marriage
The parties have a written agreement dividing any marital assets and debts, including pet ownership
Let’s Discuss Your Situation
A simplified divorce is frequently never as simple as it should be. Having an advocate on your side can make the process easier. If you would like to know more about the joint simplified divorce process, eligibility and how we can help, arrange a no-cost phone consultation with an attorney.