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Jamie Kurtz has been a practicing divorce lawyer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007. Ms. Kurtz was selected to Rising Stars for 2013 - 2016, 2019 - 2020, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. She also co-founded a law firm that specializes in uncontested divorce cases.

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Online Divorce in Illinois

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Illinois, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Illinois.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Illinois has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Illinois is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Illinois with the system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.


When you use, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Illinois, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.


Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Illinois is no exception.

To file for divorce in Illinois, the spouse that is filing must have been a resident of the state for a minimum of at least 90 days prior to filing for divorce. The dissolution of marriage can be filed in the county where either of the two spouses lives. [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Sections 104 and 401].

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Illinois driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Illinois

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Grounds for an online divorce using are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Illinois. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.


No-fault ground for divorce in Illinois:



Irreconcilable differences which have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In addition, reconciliation has failed or further attempts at reconcilia­tion would be impractical and the spouses have have lived separate and apart without cohabitation for two years. (If both spouses are consenting on the matter, the time where they are required to live apart is only six months). [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Section 401].

Other accepted reasons for divorce in Illinois will include:


Impotence which was not disclosed prior to marriage;


Adultery to include homosexual unfaithfulness;


Habitual drunkenness for a period of two years or more and/or drug addiction;


Conviction of a serious felony;


Willful desertion (abandonment) for at least one year;


Cruel or inhuman treatment;


Attempted poisoning or otherwise attempting to take the life of the other spouse;


Infection of the spouse with a communicable disease; and


Bigamy (being married to more than one spouse at a time.) [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Section 401].


Please note that some of these reasons for divorce will require proof in the court, making them a bigger challenge than others.

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Custody of the child in Illinois

Custody of the child

Sole or joint legal custody can be awarded in Illinois divorce cases. These custody agreements are based upon what would be in the best interests of the child or children as well as the following factors:

  • Wishes of the child assuming the child is of sufficient age and maturity;
  • The desires of the parents;
  • The child’s feelings towards his or her home, educational environment, and community;
  • The overall health of all individuals involved;
  • The relationship of the child with parents, and other family members;
  • Any history of domestic violence by a parent; and
  • The willingness of parents to encourage relationships between the child and the other parent.

Marital misconduct is not to be considered unless it would somehow interfere with the child’s relationship with the parent. It is presumed that maximum involvement and cooperation of both parents would be in the best interests of most children. However, this doesn’t mean that joint custody is always in the best interests of every child.

For joint custody to be awarded, the court should also consider these factors:

  • The ability of the parents to cooperate effectively and consistently;
  • The residential circumstances of each parent; and
  • Other relevant factors.

The parents will prepare a Joint Parenting Agreement (which can be part of a Marital Set­tlement Agreement) to specify each parent’s rights and responsibilities for:

  • Care of the child and
  • Significant educational, health care, and religious training decisions.

The Joint Parenting Agreement should also include provisions specifying mediation of problems and periodic review of the terms of the Agree­ment. Joint parenting does not mean equal parenting time in all cases.

The physical residence for the child will be determined by either:

  • An agreement between both parents or
  • A court order based on factors listed above. [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Sections 602, 602.1, 603, and 610].

In some cases, custody can be set up as a short-term solution to be revisited at a later date if the family or living situation is expected to change dramatically.

Rules for child support in Illinois

Child support is designed to make sure the children of divorcing parents will have access to the same level of care and lifestyle that they had before the divorce took place. Child support is not meant to be punitive in nature. Illinois has put into place specific state-mandated child support guidelines which apply in almost every case, barring exceptional circumstances. With this, both parties’ gross incomes and certain child related expenses are considered when calculating the child support obligation. In the majority of cases, child support payments continue until the child reaches eighteen years of age, and they can extend until the completion of the child or children’s secondary education.

Either or both parents can receive an order to pay necessary child support payments, without regard to fault or misconduct. However, the court can adjust property division if there is evidence of abuse by a parent. If the official guidelines are not appropriate in a particular case due to extraordinary circumstances, the following factors will be considered:

  • Any independent financial resources and specific needs of the child or children;
  • The standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the divorce had not occurred;
  • The physical, emotional and educational needs of the child; and
  • The monetary resources, needs, and debts of both parents.

The court can require support to include a health insurance premium. Support payments may be ordered to be paid to the clerk of the court. The state provides official guidelines for the amount of support which is expected. Please note that Illinois Driver’s licenses can and will be revoked if child support obligations fall behind. [625 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Sections 7-703 and 750 Il­linois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Sections 503,505, 505.2, and 507].

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Rules for spousal support in Illinois

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, which is also known as spousal support, is sometimes ordered by the court to help one spouse live in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. It is often ordered if one spouse has a much higher earning power than another--such as if one spouse had served as a homemaker during much of the marriage, for instance. This support or assistance may be decided upon by the couple together before filing or may be awarded by the court in a contested case. The court may award rehabilitative (short-term) or more permanent alimony to either of the spouses in either lump-sum payments or as monthly/yearly payments or both.

The court may award maintenance, also known as spousal support or alimony, to either spouse for a period of time it considers just. Fault in “causing” the divorce is not a factor. The factors which may be considered are:

  • The time that would be necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find suitable employment;
  • The standard of living that was established during the marriage;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • The current age of the spouses;
  • The physical and emotional wellness of the spouses;
  • Any existing income and property of each spouse;
  • Whether the spouse who seeks support is able to support themself or is unable to gain employment because he or she takes care of a child;
  • The contributions or service by the spouse who desires support to the education, or training of the other spouse;
  • Any existing marital settlement agreement; and
  • Any other factor the court finds just. [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Section 504].

Property division in Illinois

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Illinois, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner.

Virginia is considered to be an “equitable distribution” state. The separate property of each spouse will be retained by the spouse who currently owns it. This separate property consists of:

  • Property which was acquired before the marriage;
  • Any direct gifts or inheritances;
  • Any increase in the value of above mentioned separate property, unless there have been marital property or significant personal efforts that added to such increases; and
  • Any property acquired as trade or in exchange for separate property

The marital property will be divided equally by the court. Marital property will consist of:

  • All property acquired as a couple during the marriage that does not qualify as separate property;
  • All property that is titled to both spouses
  • Income or increase in the value of separate property if the income or increase came about from personal efforts;
  • Separate property that is commingled with marital property and therefore cannot be clearly traced.

In some cases, the court may order payment from one spouse’s retirement benefits, personal injury award, profit-sharing benefits, or worker’s compensation award, to the other. The factors for consideration in this case are:

  • The contribution that each spouse makes to the acquisition, care, and maintenance of this marital property;
  • The liquidity or non-liquidity of the property;
  • The amount of time the spouses were married;
  • The current age and wellness of the spouses;
  • Any potential tax consequences;
  • Any debts and liabilities, the basis for these debts and liabilities, and what property serves as security being held for such debts and liabilities;
  • How property was acquired and by whom;
  • The contributions, both monetary and non-monetary, of each spouse to the overall financial picture of the family; and
  • Any custodial provisions for the children. [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Section 503].

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Mediation support in Illinois

If either spouse requests it, or if the court takes initiative, the court can order a reconciliation conference if it is felt that there is any possibility of reconciliation. The state recommends mediation in many cases involving custody. [750 Illinois Compiled Statutes Annotated; Chapter 5, Section 404].

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

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Filing fees for divorce in Illinois

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

The use of the service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I really file for divorce in Illinois without a lawyer?

In Illinois, representing yourself in divorce cases is a legit option, and do-it-yourself divorce is subject to the same laws and requirements as a legally-assisted proceeding.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that such a DIY divorce is not typically recommended for contested divorces, which are more complicated and connected with high risk.
When deciding to arrange the dissolution of marriage without an attorney, one should carefully evaluate their capacities and be aware of the responsibility for the consequences of divorce.

Do-it-yourself divorce may be a suitable option for spouses who have been married for a relatively short time or for spouses who have no significant property/child custody/financial disputes with each other.

How can I file for divorce in Illinois without a lawyer?

The main stages of an uncontested divorce process in Illinois differ somewhat for the spouses depending on whether the spouses have minor children, significant assets, and whether either party seeks alimony.

Spouses with no children or real estate, who waive alimony, marital property valued less than $10,000, and income below $35,000 qualify for Simplified Dissolution. These couples can write up a settlement agreement, file for divorce jointly, as co-petitioners, and finalize a divorce in one day, making a Simplified Dissolution the fastest way to end the marriage in Illinois.

The couples who are not eligible to file for divorce jointly may apply for a regular uncontested divorce.

Thus, to file for divorce in Illinois, the spouse initiating the case (the plaintiff) shall file the divorce petition and other initial divorce forms with the Circuit Court.

One can select and complete the needed legal forms independently or resort to online services like, which takes on all the paperwork issues, carefully customizing the documents according to the Illinois laws and peculiarities of a specific case.

Next, the plaintiff has to make copies of the submitted forms and serve the second spouse with these copies following the rules of civil procedure.

After being served with the papers, the second party (the defendant) shall file a response with the Circuit Clerk. The spouses can then get a court date for the final court hearing. An uncontested divorce hearing is usually brief and formal. The judge has to review the spouses' Settlement Agreement and confirm that its provisions are fair and not against the Illinois law.

How much does it cost to get an uncontested divorce in Illinois?

There are a lot of factors that affect the overall cost of divorce in Illinois. Each divorce case is unique, and the spouses have broad discretion in deciding how to arrange the process and manage expenses.

Usually, the more amicably the spouses can resolve their disputes, the more affordable the divorce is. The thing is, attorneys' fees arising out of litigation often make up the lion's share of divorce costs.

If the spouses file for an uncontested divorce and decide on property or custody matters out-of-court, they may use the help of mediators, counselors, appraisers, or other specialists. Thus, the parties can handle a specific aspect of their divorce case using third-party assistance instead of paying hourly fees to the attorneys.

Besides, the couples may take advantage of services in Illinois to complete the required legal paperwork at a reasonable price and within only two days.

How long do you have to live in Illinois to file for divorce?

All couples must meet the state's residency requirements to have the right to file for divorce in Illinois. The spouses have to file for divorce in the county where they currently live, not where the marriage occurred.

Following the Illinois Compiled Statutes, the court may enter a judgment of dissolution of marriage if either spouse has been a resident of the state for at least ninety days before filing for divorce.

How long do you have to respond to divorce papers in Illinois?

Once the defendant is served with the copies of divorce papers, they have thirty days to file a response.

Filing the response allows the defendant to disagree with any provisions included in the petition or express their claims and preferences.

Spouses who file for the simplified dissolution of marriage avoid the service of process and this waiting period, respectively.

How do you get a free divorce in Illinois?

In theory, the overall cost of divorce can be limited to only paying court filing fees (about $290 in Illinois).

Court filing fees are mandatory for all plaintiffs except those qualified for a fee waiver due to financial hardship.

If the plaintiff cannot afford to pay the fee, they can ask the court to file for free by completing the Application for Waiver of Court Fees form.

What papers do I need to file for a divorce in Illinois?

The initial divorce forms required to start a divorce in Illinois are the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union or Joint Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage and Verification of Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, the Summons.

Other commonly-used forms in uncontested divorce cases may include: Entry of Appearance, Judgment of Dissolution (Children/ No Children), Marital Settlement Agreement, Notice to Withhold Income for Child Support, Uniform Order for Support, Parenting Plan, Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO).

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