Before a marriage can be legally dissolved in Illinois, spouses are required to provide specific financial information and supporting documentation to each other and to the courts. Failing to fulfill these requirements can significantly delay the divorce process, which is not only time-consuming and expensive, but potentially emotionally draining, so if you have questions about how to file for divorce, it is crucial to retain an experienced Brookfield divorce attorney who can address your concerns and help you navigate the court system.
A couple who wishes to divorce must satisfy the following requirements before they can obtain a divorce:
A couple who meets these eligibility requirements can then complete a petition for dissolution, which requires the inclusion of specific information, including:
After the petition has been served on the other spouse, the receiving party must respond by submitting an answer within one month.
Before a court will finalize a divorce or make a ruling regarding property division, both spouses are required to submit individual financial affidavits containing information about income, expenses, debts, and assets. As part of the required calculations, each party must list all of his or her incomes, including:
Both parties are then required to calculate their expenses, which could include:
Each spouse must then record all debts, including the specific amounts owed and the current monthly payments being made. Finally, the couple will record their assets, which could include, but are not limited to the following:
The financial affidavit must include supportive evidence, which could include:
Once the court is satisfied that each party’s financial affidavit is accurate and complete, it will make a decision on property division and maintenance before dissolving the marriage.
If you live in Brookfield and are filing for divorce or have already begun the process and need to submit a financial affidavit, please contact the Arami Law Office at (312) 212-1399. We will help you set up a consultation with a dedicated attorney who can attempt to address all of your questions and concerns.
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