DuPage County Uncontested Divorce Lawyer
Experienced Elmhurst Uncontested Divorce Attorney
If you and your spouse have come to a relatively amicable decision to divorce and there will be virtually no disputes or litigation involved, you may be eligible to file an Illinois uncontested divorce. The benefits of an uncontested divorce are two-fold, essentially coming down to time and money. An uncontested divorce will cost you considerably less than one in which every detail must be negotiated and litigated.
Further, if you are ready to move on with your life, an uncontested divorce can take from three to six weeks. A contested divorce can take many months—or even years—so there are obvious benefits to filing for an uncontested Illinois divorce. The DuPage County uncontested divorce lawyers at the Farooqi & Husain Law Office have significant levels of experience helping Illinois couples obtain a quick, simple, uncontested divorce.
When an Uncontested Divorce May Not Be Appropriate
There are marital situations which are not conducive to an uncontested divorce, including the following:
- There is little agreement between you and your spouse regarding your divorce;
- You are unsure of your spouse’s income, debts, assets or property and discovery will be required;
- Child support or spousal maintenance are required immediately;
- You require an order of protection; or
- You require a court order to prohibit your spouse from spending or transferring marital assets.
If none of these apply to you and your spouse, and you believe you are both on the same page regarding the details of your divorce, you may be able to proceed with an uncontested divorce.
What is a Marital Settlement Agreement?
If you and your spouse are in agreement regarding an uncontested divorce, an attorney from the Farooqi & Husain Law Office will prepare your Marital Settlement Agreement. Your MSA is the primary document which will ultimately resolve your divorce. You and your spouse will have the opportunity to review the MSA and work on minor negotiations and revisions with your attorney. Your marital settlement agreement will set forth the grounds for your divorce, your division of property, any spousal support agreed upon, and child custody and child support arrangements, which will include a visitation, vacation and holiday schedule. If you and your spouse have agreed upon joint custody, a Joint Parenting Agreement will also be included. Your debts and attorney’s fees will be allocated in the MSA as well.
Completing Your Uncontested Divorce
Once our attorneys have completed your marital settlement and joint parenting agreements, you and your spouse will sign the documents, and the final paperwork will be prepared which initiates a new case with the court. These documents will include a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Once the Petition is filed and the court fee paid, you will receive a case number. An appearance, also called a "prove up," will be scheduled for you to go before the judge and finalize your divorce. At the prove up, you and your spouse will testify before the judge, who will have a copy of your MSA which he or she will review to ensure the document is fair and complete. If the judge sees no problems with your MSA, a judgment for divorce will be signed and your divorce will be complete.
Our DuPage County uncontested divorce lawyers believe you deserve a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney who you can trust to take care of the details of your uncontested divorce. We believe we should be accessible to our clients and can also offer creative billing structures in order to ease the financial burden your divorce may have placed on you.
The Help You Need When You Need It
Attorneys Naveed S. Husain and Ausaf K. Farooqi will answer your questions regarding your uncontested divorce and will thoroughly explain anything you do not understand regarding the process. We take our goals of communication and client service very seriously. We understand that even uncontested divorces can be emotional, and the lawyers at the Farooqi & Husain Law Office are respectful of your feelings during the process. Contact us today at 630-909-9114 today for a free evaluation of your case. We serve clients in DuPage County and Cook County.