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Uncontested divorce in Illinois

Once spouses have made up their mind to end their marital relationship, they have to choose a divorce option that works for them:

  • Contested dissolution. It presupposes a couple having different views concerning important matters such as alimony, child custody and support, or property division and being unable to agree upon them. Initiating a contested divorce, you will have to seek attorneys’ services, and they will have to represent each of you in court. Besides, such type of dissolution usually takes a lot of time to be finalized as the judge needs to be presented with all the facts and evidence from both parties to make a fair decision.
  • Uncontested divorce. If both partners agree on the way they want to proceed with their divorce, they are eligible to file for an uncontested dissolution. In this case, they may not even need to hire an attorney to provide them with legal support or attend multiple court hearings.

If you choose a simpler option – an uncontested divorce, but decide not to get any legal help, you will have to work on your paperwork on your own. Preparing documents is considered to be the most time-consuming part of a legal breakup. The divorce packet in Illinois includes a huge number of different forms that are rather hard to find. Failure to find a particular form might cause lots of problems and will make the overall divorce process much more complicated. In order to avoid going through all that, you may get your paperwork done by OnlineDivorcer!

We are a leading online divorce company in the industry, with 12 years of experience and thousands of successful cases in our portfolio. Working with us, you will get a full packet of court-approved forms filled out with your personal information to suit your divorce case.

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Download a complete package of documents, print them out, sign them, and file with the local court.

Filing for divorce in Illinois without a lawyer

Having decided to complete an uncontested dissolution on your own? Follow these steps:

  • Check if you qualify for a divorce meeting the residency requirements. In Illinois, at least of the spouses must have lived in the state for 90 days to file there.
  • Collect and fill out all the needed paperwork.
  • File the documents electronically and pay the filing fee.
  • Serve the paperwork on your spouse. In the state of Illinois, you need to ask a sheriff to serve the documents. Alternatively, your spouse may sign an Entry of Appearance not to be served by a sheriff.
  • Call the clerk to request a court date for your case 30 days after your spouse is served.
  • In the state, you have to attend the court hearing so that a judge can review the case and see if the paperwork is in order before granting a divorce.

How to complete a do it yourself divorce in Illinois

DIY divorce in Illinois is often considered a great alternative to hiring a lawyer. However, most people who choose to go for it are not aware of all the pitfalls of this process. Let’s review each step of a DIY divorce to see if it is worth the try:

  • The first thing you should do is to check whether you are eligible for uncontested dissolution in IL. In this case, you have to meet the residency requirements and be in a full agreement with your spouse.
  • Next, visit the official website of Illinois. It is important to look for divorce-related information there as you can be sure that it is a reputable source of information.
  • Search for all the needed dissolutions forms.
  • If you have children, find the child-related forms too. Apart from that, check the state child support and custody guidelines and whether there are any parenting classes mandated by the court.
  • Fill in all the forms you’ve found, checking each unknown word or term. You will also need to proofread your documents as any incorrect form will be immediately rejected by the court. Also, you need to leave the fields that have to be filled out by the clerk blank.
  • Check if you are to attend any classes before representing yourself on a hearing without a lawyer.
  • Now you can start signing your papers. However, please mind that some forms might need to be signed only in front of a notary.
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Illinois divorce forms

We understand that there are a lot of divorce forms that you may need for your case. Here, we have listed the most frequently required ones for your convenience:

  • Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
  • Summons
  • Parenting Plan
  • Entry of Appearance

Illinois divorce papers online

In order to get your Illinois forms filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know


You have to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage electronically. The documents then have to be served on your spouse by mail or with the help of a sheriff or any third party over 18. He or she then has 30 days to respond to the paperwork.

Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have lived in the state for at least 90 days prior to filing.

Waiting Period

There is no mandatory waiting period in the state. However, you can only schedule a hearing in 30 days after your spouse is served.

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Getting a divorce in Illinois with a child

Child custody and support are among the most important aspects that have to be agreed upon by the spouses with kids before the divorce is finalized.

  • As in many other states, Illinois couple may be granted legal and physical custody, either of which may be joint (shared) or sole (with only one parent having a specific type of custody). Kids will live with parents who have physical custody and important life decisions will be made for them by parents with legal custody.
  • If one parent is granted sole physical custody, the second parent will have to pay child support.
  • Courts always encourage parents to cooperate and agree on all child-related issues before the hearing.
  • If parents are unable to communicate, a judge will make a custody decision based on the child’s best interests as well as many other factors. A child over 14 can also voice their preferences regarding living arrangements.


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