A Summary Divorce | Hinsdale, IL Divorce Attorney

In the United States, there are many different divorce options available to you if you and your spouse decide you can no longer make it work. If you want to avoid a long, drawn-out process, you should contemplate filing for a summary divorce.

A summary divorce, sometimes called a simple divorce, involves less paperwork than a regular divorce and involves fewer court appearances overall. In Illinois, you have to meet certain requirements in order to qualify for a summary divorce:

  • You must have been married for five years or less
  • You cannot have any minor child, adopted or otherwise; nor should the wife be pregnant
  • You should not own joint real estate property
  • The marital property value should be between $25,000 - $35,000, excluding the value of cars or car loans
  • Individual property should have a value under $35,000, excluding the value of cars or car loans
  • Both parties have given up their right to spousal support

Each state has different requirement allowing you to qualify for a summary divorce. For example, some states will still allow it even if the couple has children or higher property values.

Some states will also allow you to revoke a petition in certain instances. If you and your spouse decide to try again, if the wife finds out she is pregnant, or if the couple would like to file for regular divorce to try for a better settlement, you may be able to revoke a petition. The partner would not need to sign the form—one party would just fill out a form, make three copies, and bring it to a superior court clerk’s office. The revocation can occur anytime during the six month waiting period associated with this divorce.

If you’re looking for alternatives to the conventional divorce proceedings, contact a DuPage County divorce attorney today to see what other options are available to you.

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