NOTE: After you click the link, scroll to the bottom of the page for the "joint simplified dissolution of marriage" forms.
To use these forms, all of the following must be true:
- You and your spouse must agree on all of the terms of the dissolution;
- You must agree that your marriage/civil union has broken down and cannot be repaired;
- You must file court forms and appear in court together with your spouse;
- You or your spouse must be a resident of Illinois for the past 90 days;
- You or your spouse must be a resident of Lake County;
- You and your spouse must currently be living separate and apart;
- Your marriage/civil union cannot be longer than 8 years;
- You cannot have any children with your spouse;
- You or your spouse must not be pregnant by the other spouse, or in the process of adopting a child;
- You or your spouse cannot own any real estate;
- You and your spouse cannot hold any retirement benefits jointly and the combined value of any benefits either of you hold individually must be less than $10,000;
- The total marital property, minus debts, must be less than $50,000;
- You or your spouse individually cannot make more than $30,000 per year, before taxes;
- You and your spouse together cannot make more $60,000 per year, before taxes;
- You or your spouse must not depend on each other for support;
- You and your spouse must agree to waive the right to support;
- You and your spouse must disclose your tax returns to each other for each year of the marriage/civil union; AND
- You and your spouse must agree to divide all property you got during the marriage/civil union that is worth more than $100, and all debts taken on during the marriage/civil union.
To complete these forms, you will need to know:
- Your spouse's current address;
- You and your spouse's yearly income; AND
- The value of the property and debts you got during the marriage or civil union.