How Much Does a Divorce Cost in Illinois?

There are many things to consider with the price of a divorce. With that being said, the price of an IL divorce can vary wildly depending on how contested or complicated it is. Typically the cost of divorce ranges from $2,500 to $25,000.

According to Business Insider,[1] the average cost of a divorce in the US is about $15,000.

Putting an exact price tag on divorce is hard because every couple is so different. Cases that involve a lot of property to divide, minor children, or spousal support issues tend to be more expensive.

Further, if you and your spouse can’t agree on the issues and the case goes to trial, the cost will likely double.

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The Emotional and Financial Toll of a Divorce

Just like no two families are alike, no two divorces are either. Some divorces aren’t very involved and feel more like working out a business contract. Others drag out for years and cost hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars.

To top things off, family law cases are liable to change. An initially amicable spouse might change their tune without warning. Conversely, sometimes divorces that start contentious can become amicable seemingly overnight.

There are some financial costs that won’t change in almost all Illinois divorces. Filing fees and other administrative fees can be planned for in advance. There are also typical costs associated with mediation or serving papers. Sometimes, it’s helpful to prepare in advance so you’re not surprised.

All of these things can affect how long and how much the divorce ends up being. But divorce isn’t just a numbers game, it’s a very emotionally draining process. In many cases, divorce brings up a lot of difficult feelings that are sometimes harder to deal with than the legal aspects.

Even though no divorce is a good experience, try your best to avoid a contested case. Judges will order mediation for contested cases, and if that doesn’t work, it will go to trial. Not only will this cost more money, but it will drag it out longer, and ultimately take away you (and your spouse’s) decision-making power over the big issues.

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When Possible, Avoid a Contested Divorce

It’s not always easy to separate the emotional and practical sides of a divorce. When a marriage has broken down, it can be hard to see property division, child custody, spousal support, and other big issues with a clear set of eyes.

If your divorce is contested, it can be helpful to understand the process.

The first step of a contested divorce is a hearing to establish temporary orders. This is where a judge will temporarily order child custody, child support, property preservation, restraining orders, or other important issues. It goes without saying that having an attorney present is essential to ensure your family’s wellbeing is being protected.

After that, both attorneys may go through the process of discovery. This is when both sides exchange financial and other information they need to resolve the case. Sometimes, this is completely mutual and conflict-free. Other times, especially when spouses don’t trust each other, the process can get drawn out.

Worse, if a spouse is suspected of concealing property or assets, bringing in an expert might be required. Usually, if there are disputes, a judge will order mediation. This is where a neutral third party tries to facilitate negotiations so both parties can agree on the divorce settlement without going to trial.

Most cases are settled in mediation, but when couples won’t budge, the case then goes to trial.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to file for a divorce in Illinois?

In Cook County, it costs $388 to file for a divorce, annulment, or legal separation. It then costs $251 for the other party to file their response. Other counties will have similar rates to file for divorce.

What is the cheapest way to get a divorce in Illinois?

The cheapest way to get a divorce is to not get an attorney. This is not a good option for many cases such as when you don’t trust the other party or if they have an attorney. The cheapest way to get a divorce with help from an attorney is using the DIY method.

How long does it take to get a divorce in Illinois?

It can take anywhere from two months to a year to get a divorce in Illinois. Usually, it takes closer to a year because there are waiting periods, the courts are busy, and it takes a while to settle each and every issue.

Does it matter who files for divorce first in Illinois?

Who files first does not have a significant impact on the divorce. One small thing is that the person filing first will have to pay a bit more in filing fees. And, the person who filed is called the petitioner and the other is called the respondent.

Reference: [1]Business Insider