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Illinois Simplified Divorce Procedures

Marital settlement agreements are specifically allowed and encouraged [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Section 502]. In addition, Illinois has an approved "Joint Simplified Dissolution" procedure and petition found in 750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Section 452. To use this simplified procedure: (1) the spouses must not have been married over 5 years; (2) the spouses must neither have had nor adopted any children; (3) the wife cannot now be pregnant by the husband; (4) neither spouse can own any real estate; (5) both spouses must certify that neither is dependent on the other for support [or must waive any type of alimony]; (6) the market value of all marital property must be less than $5,000.00; and (7) the combined gross annual income of both spouses must be less than $25,000.00. Forms are available at any Office of the Clerk of a Circuit Court.