October 19, 2021
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from clients is, “How long does it take to get a divorce in Illinois?” While there are certain time limits that must be followed, the answer largely depends on how long it takes to resolve important issues in your case.
Some states have a waiting period to get a divorce. This is not the case in Illinois. While you are not required to wait a certain period of time prior to filing for a divorce, there are some time limits imposed by the court in regards to your divorce petition and other legal documents.
When filing for a divorce in Cook County or other local jurisdictions, each party has a certain amount of time to respond to pleadings. This includes:
Following general guidelines imposed by the court, your divorce could be resolved in as little as a few months. However, there are important issues under the Illinois Statutes that must be resolved before a final divorce order can be issued. Disputes over marital property and assets, spousal support, or alimony payments can all delay these proceedings for anywhere from six months to a year. Ways you can help in expediting the process include:
At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, our goal is to ensure you get a final divorce order in the most effective and time efficient manner possible. To find out how we can help in your case, contact our Chicago divorce attorney and request a consultation today.