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Illinois Divorce Residency Requirements

 The party filing for Illinois divorce must have been a State residence for at least 90 days immediately prior to filing for dissolution of marriage.


Illinois Divorce Grounds

The grounds for Illinois divorce are as follows: 

  • impotence;

  • adultery;

  • habitual drunkenness for 2 years and/or drug addiction;

  • conviction of a felony;

  • willful desertion for 1 year;

  • cruel and inhuman treatment;

  • attempted poisoning or otherwise endangering the life of the spouse;

  • infection of the other spouse with a communicable disease;

  • bigamy; and

  • where the parties have lived separate and apart for two years, or for six months by agreement, and irreconcilable differences cause the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.


Expedited Illinois Divorce Procedure


  • the spouses have not have been married for over 5 years,

  • the spouses have not had or adopted any children, 

  • the wife is not pregnant by the husband;

  • neither party owns any real estate;

  • both spouses certify that neither is dependent on the other for support (or waive alimony); 

  • the market value of all marital property is less than $5,000.00; 

  • the combined gross annual income of both spouses is less than $25,000.00;

  • the parties have disclosed to each other all assets and tax returns for all years of marriage; and

  • the parties have executed a written agreement regarding all assets over $100.00 and allocated responsibility for debts and liabilities, the parties may pursue a Joint Simplified Dissolution. 

Forms for this type of Illinois divorce are available at any Office of the Clerk of a Circuit Court.

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