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How Long Does a Divorce Case Take in Illinois?

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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. 

Time Requirements for Filing a Divorce in Chicago

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: 

  • When filing a divorce petition: Once your divorce petition is filed and served on your spouse, they have thirty days to respond;
  • Scheduling hearings or mediation: This can take as long as 30 days or more, depending on your own schedule and how busy the court calendar is;
  • Discovery: This involves gathering evidence and sharing it with the opposing party. Depending on the specific factors in your case, this could take several weeks or more. It can also be conducted while waiting for your hearing. 
  • Additional motions: If any additional motions are filed in your case, each party will need time to respond. 

Resolving Your Divorce in the Quickest Manner Possible

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: 

  • Communicate regularly with your attorney and let them know about any court summons or other legal documents you receive. 
  • Avoid meeting with your spouse or discussing divorce-related matters with them without your attorney present. 
  • Have clear goals and be willing to negotiate on certain matters. 
  • Be prompt in attending court hearings. 

Our Chicago Divorce Attorney is Here to Help

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. 


There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.


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Suite 150

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Suite 200

Lisle, IL 60532

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