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wheaton divorce lawyerBy the time you decide to file for divorce, you are likely ready to end your marriage as soon as possible. However, an Illinois divorce can be a long process, sometimes lasting many months or more from the filing date to the final approval of the divorce resolution. While it is difficult to avoid the waiting time altogether, several factors can make the divorce process move more quickly, allowing you to put your marriage behind you and move on with your life.

Options for a More Efficient Divorce in Illinois

The longest divorces involve contentious disputes between spouses that require court intervention and trial litigation to reach a resolution. You may be able to expedite the divorce process by committing to a more cooperative, amicable approach to resolving the issues at hand. Any of the following options can also lead to a faster divorce resolution:

  • Joint simplified dissolution - This is perhaps the most efficient method for ending a marriage in Illinois, but it is only an option for some couples. You may qualify if you and your spouse have no children and minimal income and assets. In this case, you will need to agree to a settlement regarding the division of marital assets and waive the right to spousal maintenance.

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DuPage County family law attorneysIn Illinois, divorcing couples have a few options when it comes to how they reach a resolution on issues including property division, parenting time and responsibilities, and child and spousal support. Perhaps the first option that comes to mind is a court trial in which each party is represented by an attorney, but this is not actually the most common method for resolving a divorce. In fact, the large majority of couples are able to settle their divorce out of court. In many cases, it is a good idea to consider whether an uncontested divorce would work for you before exploring other alternatives.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

In an uncontested divorce, the two spouses agree not only on the decision to get a divorce, but also on all important matters that must be resolved for the divorce to be finalized. However, it is rare for a couple to reach this agreement without going through significant discussions and negotiations to figure out the details. Both parties can also choose to hire an attorney to advise them and help them protect their interests, but the right attorney can do so without escalating conflict in a way that may lead to litigation. After creating a written agreement, the couple can submit it to the court for approval so that the marriage is legally dissolved and the agreement becomes legally binding.

Is an Uncontested Divorce a Good Decision?

An uncontested divorce can be a good decision for many reasons. For one, it can help you and your spouse keep conflict to a minimum and avoid the public spectacle of a trial. You also have far greater control over the outcome in an uncontested divorce, as you and your spouse are able to agree on your own decisions rather than leaving them in the court’s hands. In many cases, an uncontested divorce can be resolved more quickly and with fewer expenses than a divorce trial.

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Uncontested Divorce in Illinois, DuPage County divorce attorneysDivorce can be a long and difficult process, but some divorces are longer and more complicated than others. One of the simpler and (usually) less time-consuming kinds of divorce is an uncontested divorce.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

Divorces are either contested or uncontested. An uncontested divorce is a divorce where the parties agree on the property division, child custody and support, and other important matters. Contested divorces require the court to make some decisions on behalf of the couple because they cannot come to a decision themselves. An uncontested divorce is usually faster because the couple does not have to go through the discovery and hearing process in court and the papers can just be filed. A judge has to approve the divorce either way, but with an uncontested divorce it generally takes less time.

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DuPage County divorce attorneys, uncontested divorce, contested divorceWhen you are considering a divorce there are a lot of variables that you may need to take into consideration. Illinois divorce law uses a lot of legal terms that not everyone may be familiar with, or be familiar with in a legal context. One part of divorce that is important to understand is whether the divorce will be contested or uncontested.

Contested Divorces

A divorce is contested if the parties cannot agree on basic elements of the divorce. The disagreement can be as big as whether or not to divorce at all, or as seemingly small as the specific details of the separation of property. Common disagreements include allocation of parenting time, formerly known as custody and visitation, and with whom the children will live after the divorce. Other sticking points that can commonly be found in contested divorces are how much child support or maintenance, formerly called alimony, should be paid. Finally, the division of assets between parties is also a frequent area of disagreement that can make a divorce contested.

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