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How Do I Qualify for a Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage in Illinois?

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For most couples, making the decision to file for divorce is difficult to come to, and the process is emotionally draining. Some spouses have a hard time agreeing on different issues within the divorce, such as child custody arrangements, asset division, and spousal maintenance payments. This type of divorce is known as a contested divorce, and conflict exists between the couple throughout the proceedings. The opposite kind of divorce is referred to as an uncontested divorce. This is when couples have an amicable relationship and mutually agree that divorce is in both of their best interests. In an uncontested divorce, the proceedings are likely to be fairly simple. In some cases, a couple may be able to complete their divorce quickly by receiving a joint simplified dissolution.

What Is a Joint Simplified Dissolution?

A joint simplified dissolution of marriage is an option which may be available for some couples going through an uncontested divorce. This process allows a couple to complete their divorce quickly and easily, and in many cases, they will simply need to attend a brief court hearing. If a couple agrees on the outstanding issues involved in ending their marriage, they can sign the required legal documents and file them in court. This can help them avoid the costs of litigation and extensive court time. 

What Are the Necessary Qualifications?

The following stipulations must be met in order to qualify for a joint simplified dissolution: 

  1. The duration of the marriage is no longer than eight years.

  2. Irreconcilable differences have caused both parties to agree that the marriage is over, and they have been separated for at least six months.

  3. The couple does not have children together, whether biological or adopted.

  4. Neither party is financially dependent on the other, and both waive the right to receive spousal maintenance.

  5. Neither party has an interest in real estate.

  6. The total value of the couple’s marital property is less than $10,000.

  7. The total annual income of both parties is less than $35,000, and neither individual has a gross annual income higher than $20,000.

  8. An asset division agreement has been created and signed by both parties which divides all assets above $100 in value and also allocates debts and liabilities between the spouses.

Contact an Orland Park Divorce Attorney

An uncontested divorce is typically easier and more stress-free than a contested divorce with high levels of conflict. While the discord may be reduced in an uncontested divorce, it is still essential to be represented by an experienced divorce attorney. Joint simplified dissolutions have many requirements, including the precise completion of legal documents. At Anderson & Associates, P.C., we can help you understand the legal issues that must be addressed during your divorce, and we will help you create a settlement agreement that meets your needs. If you think a joint simplified dissolution is a right choice for you, contact our Tinley Park uncontested divorce lawyers at 708-226-9904 for a free consultation.




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