How much does it cost to get a divorce, legal separation, or custody judgement in Chicago and the surrounding areas (Cook County and Collar Counties)?
This depends on a number of variables, including whether you have children, personal property to argue about, and the actions of your spouse. If you have children and cannot agree on a shared parenting agreement, it can be expensive. If you have personal property and cannot agree on its division, it can be expensive. If your spouse simply wishes to argue about everything, it can be expensive. However, the more items you and your spouse can agree upon, this will save you money.
Other issues that may make your divorce more expensive include highly emotional variables such as children with health needs, if your spouse has a personality disorder, and if maintenance or alimony is at issue. However, with the proper lawyers on both sides of the equation, your divorce or legal separation can be amicable and reasonably priced.
If you are filing for divorce in the state of Illinois, you can expect to pay filing costs of anywhere from $200 to $350 to get the legal process rolling. The best advice is always to check with your Rolling Meadows, IL divorce attorney Robert M. Kaplan.
Joint Simplified Dissolution Procedure
There are different types of divorce, and the least expensive is called a Joint Simplified Dissolution Procedure. Couples who make less than $60,000 combined gross income and who have not been married for more than eight years and have no children together might be eligible for this type of divorce.
Often couples who are filing jointly for a separation can file at a lower fee if they agree on such items as maintenance (fka alimony) and child support and child custody* arrangements. It is worth noting that a divorce involving children will always be a bit more expensive than one in which no children are involved.
Couples might be able to avoid a court date altogether if they can agree in writing to a plan. If they cannot agree in writing, they might decide to jointly pay for mediation by hiring a lawyer who specializes in this.
With joint petitions, there will only be one filing fee. However, if you are filing for yourself, your spouse will need to be served a copy of the papers and there might be additional expenses for this.
If you decide you need to hire a divorce attorney, there will be additional costs for this beyond any court or filing fees.
*In the state of Illinois the term “child custody” and “visitation” are no longer formally used and are being replaced by “parenting time” and “parenting responsibilities”.
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