How soon can I get divorced?

Don't let anyone tell you that you can be divorced in Illinois in two weeks, two months, or that it will take two years. The honest answer is that no one knows until you start. Divorce is a process and certain steps have to be taken, by law. How long your divorce actually takes will depend on a number of things including:

  • If your spouse agrees to get divorced or is at least willing to face the fact that you are ending the marriage;
  • If your spouse agrees to the terms of the divorce that you are looking for;
  • If there is a house or other real estate involved and how complex those issue are in and of themselves;
  • How up front and honest you each are about respective financial circumstances (in other words, don't play games and it should go faster);
  • Whether or not child custody will be an issue;
  • The other person's lawyer; 
  • Your lawyer. Yes, while there are things that your lawyer cannot control, picking the right lawyer can and does affect, to some extent, the speed in which you will get divorced. My free book, Defending the Ending, has an excellent section about how to pick the right divorce lawyer for you. I suggest you read it;
  • Court scheduling. Cook County can take a little bit longer because of the sheer volume of cases that each judge has to handle. For example, in the Rolling Meadows Courthouse, only two judges hear divorce cases.

If you are considering divorce in Illinois and want it over sooner rather than later, you will want to get started. Contact O'Connor Cadiz law for a personalized, confidential consultation to discuss your specifics and to learn how we can help you. Divorces are handled at Rolling Meadows, DuPage County, and other Chicago area courthouses. 

Carol O'Connor Cadiz
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Attorney & Owner at O'Connor Cadiz Law: Bankruptcy, Injury, Real Estate & Mediation