At Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, PC, we understand that divorce is a difficult process for our clients and their families. When you're looking to hire an attorney to represent you during the dissolution of your marriage, you want someone who gets what you're going through. But this isn't just a question of empathy.
Indeed, while no attorney can make the dissolution of marriage completely painless, the right lawyer can and will do his best to make sure the proceedings are as smooth, simple and short-lived as possible. This is not only good for your mental health; it's also good for your financial health.
One of the ways Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, PC can assist you during the dissolution of your marriage is in pursuing simpler options that might spare you the worst of divorce proceedings. One option is mediation. Another option, however, is a joint simplified dissolution.
Conditions for Dissolution of Marriage
Generally speaking, the state of Illinois has fairly traditional divorce laws. However, in specific cases the state allows you to file for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage. While this is a simpler process than a traditional divorce, you should still retain a skilled attorney experienced in dissolution of marriage cases.
The Lake County dissolution attorneys at Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, PC have experience with the joint simplified dissolution process and can help you fill out all of the forms and do what is needed.
Joint simplified dissolutions are permitted in only a very specific set of circumstances. You can file for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage if:
- Both spouses agree; this is a joint petition you will file together
- Neither spouse is economically dependent on the other
- There exist irreconcilable differences between the parties
- One of the parties has lived in Illinois for at least 90 days
- You do not have any children
- You have been living apart for at least six months
- You have been married for less than eight years
- You do not own any real estate
- The total market value of your marital property is less than $50,000, the combined gross annualized income from all sources is less than $60,000, and neither party has a gross annualized income from all sources in excess of $30,000
- Neither party may have an interest in "retirement benefits" unless they are held in an IRA and the combined value of the accounts is less than $10,000
If you meet these criteria, the divorce attorneys at Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, PC can help you complete the joint simplified dissolution of marriage process. Before the court will accept your dissolution of marriage, you and your spouse must agree on a division of all assets worth more than $100. This agreement will be set down in writing and submitted to the court.
One final element of the joint simplified dissolution of marriage is a written agreement on how you will handle your marital debts.
Do you qualify for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage? Divorce laws are complicated, and the joint simplified dissolution is no exception. You should speak with a dissolution attorney at Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, PC. He or she will determine if you are eligible for a joint simplified dissolution of marriage.
If you're a resident of the Lake County area and you're considering a joint dissolution of marriage, please contact Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, PC for a free consultation.