Simplified and Standard Divorce in Illinois

If you need an Illinois divorce, you can either file for simplified dissolution or standard dissolution. While anyone may file for standard dissolution, you must qualify for a simplified divorce. When you use DivorceWriter to prepare your own Illinois divorce papers, the correct documents are automatically generated based on the responses you give to our online interview, and if you change your mind for any reason, you can download the other set of forms at any time on DivorceWriter at no additional charge--completed and ready-to-file.

Simplified Dissolution

Illinois offers a simplified dissolution option for qualifying couples. The main benefit of simplified dissolution is that you are required to file fewer forms in your divorce case. To qualify for simplified dissolution, you and your spouse must meet all of the requirements below. If you don't, you should file a standard uncontested dissolution.

The steps to filing a simplified dissolution are:

  1. Both spouses sign all of the divorce papers.
  2. Both spouses go to the Circuit Court Clerk's office to file for divorce.
  3. Both spouses attend the final divorce hearing together.

You will need the following documents to file for and complete a simplified dissolution:

Uncontested Dissolution (with or without Minor Children)

The steps to filing for uncontested dissolution are:

  1. Petitioner and Respondent sign divorce papers. (Respondent signs an Entry of Appearance, Waiver and Consent at this time so there's no need for formal service of divorce papers.)
  2. Petitioner files the divorce papers at the Circuit Court Clerk's office.
  3. Petitioner attends the final divorce hearing.

You will need the following documents to file for and complete an uncontested dissolution:

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