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IL divorce attorneyThere is no arguing that an uncontested divorce is easier for everyone involved. When divorces are amicable, there is less arguing and less stress involved in the process. You also get to complete your divorce at your own pace when the divorce is uncontested. The state of Illinois even offers a specific divorce process for couples who do not have any major disagreements or extenuating circumstances surrounding the divorce.

Joint Simplified Divorce Requirements

The joint simplified dissolution procedure is a set of guidelines to help couples get a quick and easy divorce. However, not everyone can use this set of guidelines. There are certain requirements that couples must meet before they can file for a joint simplified divorce. A couple can only file a joint petition for a simplified dissolution if:

  • Neither spouse is dependant on the other spouse for financial support, or each spouse is willing to waive the right to support
  • At least one spouse has been a citizen of Illinois for at least 90 days
  • The requirement for irreconcilable differences has been met
  • No children were born of the marriage and the wife is not currently pregnant
  • The couple was married for less than eight years
  • Neither spouse has any interest in real property or retirement benefits
  • The total value of all marital property is less than $50,000, the combined gross annual income is less than $60,000 and neither spouse has an income of more than $30,000
  • Both spouses have disclosed all assets, liabilities and tax returns for all years during the marriage
  • Both spouses have agreed to a plan to distribute marital assets and allocate debts and liabilities among themselves
  • The spouses have agreed to a plan for the ownership and responsibility of any companion pets

The requirements for a joint simplified dissolution can be quite restricting. Not every couple will qualify for a joint simplified dissolution, but that does not mean you cannot file for an uncontested divorce. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, we offer a flat rate for uncontested divorce packages and can help you and your spouse stay on the uncontested track.

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IL divorce lawyerSocial distancing guidelines have been in place for weeks in an effort to slow the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Nearly every aspect of our lives has been affected by this situation, including governmental and legal matters. In Cook County, the circuit court has changed some of its guidelines as to how court functions will take place during this pandemic. One of the changes includes how prove ups for a divorce are permitted to take place during this time. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, we have already utilized these new guidelines to conduct prove ups since the courts have been closed. This has resulted in successful outcomes for our clients in their divorce cases. 

What Is a Prove Up?

When a couple has an uncontested divorce, they must take steps to finalize their divorce and make it official. To do this, they are required to attend a hearing before a judge, allowing the judge to review their agreements and ensure that the agreements are fair and in the best interest of any minor children involved in the divorce. Once the judge signs the divorce agreement, the divorce is final. This chain of events is commonly referred to as a prove up. Prove ups are typically required to be in person, with everything in writing, though such circumstances have temporarily changed due to the reduction in court operations.

Requirements for Oral Prove Ups

The Cook County circuit court has put measures into place to allow couples to finalize their divorce remotely. If a couple wishes to have their prove up conducted remotely, they must sign a document stating they agree to do so. The agreement, as well as all required documents, must be submitted to the court via email. The agreement must contain a requested date, time and method of communication, such as Skype or a conference call. The court will then respond with a confirmation of your chosen date and time or a new date and time for the prove up.

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By Maxine Weiss Kunz

uncontestedIs an uncontested divorce something you and your husband or wife can agree upon? Do you and your wife or husband agree that your marriage is broken? Do you and your spouse agree on how to divide your estate? Do you and your partner agree on how to divide all assets and debts? Do you and the parent of your child agree on how to raise your child(ren)? If yes, then uncontested divorce will save you a lot of stress, and a lot of time and money.

An uncontested divorce or an uncontested legal separation is an option when you and your partner/spouse/other parent agree on all terms that would otherwise be decided upon if you had to take these issues to a judge. Some examples of areas to agree upon in order to be considered uncontested are as follows:

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uncontested divorce, contested divorce, Illinois Divorce AttorneyDivorces are usually classified as either contested or uncontested. It is important to understand the difference between the two. A contested divorce means that the parties are not able to come to an agreement on disposition of property, finances, and custody of the children. The parties need the court system to decide these matters for them. In these instances, it is always best that you reach out to an attorney who is experienced in filing the appropriate motions and petitions necessary to protect your rights.

Alternatively, an uncontested divorce occurs when the parties have reached an agreement on all issues they may face, including disposition of property, finances, and custody. An uncontested divorce is the preferred way to go, as they will save the parties’ both significant time and litigation costs.

An experienced attorney can review your case for common pitfalls that trip up divorcing couples and advise you of your legal rights and responsibilities.

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