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The forms have been drafted to be self explanatory and are easy to complete. All forms must be completed before filing the case with the Clerk of the Court. In order to qualify for the Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage Procedure, you must meet all of the requirements set forth in sections 2(a) through 2(j) in the petition.
Prepare the form using ink. Make one original and two copies. All boxes must be filled in and the form signed by both husband and wife.
Attach to the petition and each copy a duplicate of your agreement concerning the division of your marital property and debts in excess of $100 in value. Prepare two copies. There is no standard form for this purpose, but the Office of the Clerk of the Court has a suggested form (CCDR 19C) you may wish to use if you have no other form. All your property has to be divided before the Judge will sign your Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. If you have a joint bank accounts, you should close it out and get two different bank accounts. With credit card accounts that you both have been using, you should close the accounts, destroy the cards, and apply for separate accounts. If both of your names are on a title to a car and you agree that one of you is going to own the car, you will need to take action to change the title. You should call or visit a Secretary of State / Department of Motor Vehicle office to find out how to do this.
If the wife wishes to resume her name before marriage, complete paragraph C in the petition.(CCDR 19B)
This form is self explanatory. Complete the heading and have both parties sign. Make two copies of the original.
In anticipation of the Court granting the Judgment of dissolution, this format must be completed in advance. Fill in the headings, the boxes and paragraph F if the wife intends to resume her maiden name or former name. Both parties must sign the Judgment indicating their approval. Make two copies of the original.
Bring all forms (original and the two copies) to the most convenient office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The main office is Room 802, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602. You may also file in any suburban district. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You are required to pay court costs to file a Petition for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. Bring cash or a money order made out to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Both parties must be present and prepared to present their case. Joint Simplified Dissolution of marriage are heard the same day they are filed.
If you do not have enough money to pay the costs, you can fill out an application asking the court to allow you to file your case without cost (form WAP603-CM).
The Clerk of the Court will give you a form from the State of Illinois, Bureau of Vital Statistics, which both you and your spouse must complete and sign.
Additional photocopies of all forms may be submitted to be stamped at the time of filing. The Clerk of the Court will randomly assign your case to judges hearing Petitions for Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage.
The Clerk will advise you of the name of the judge, location of courtroom, and the time of the hearing (which may be the same day or soon after).
Both parties must appear at the hearing. Tell the Judge's clerk in the courtroom that you are both present and wish to have your case heard. Be prepared to present photo identification. At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge will sign the original copy of the Judgment and the clerk will stamp the copies and give one to each of you.
If you need a certified copy of the Judgment, you can obtain one from the Clerk's Office in Room 802. There is a fee charged for each certified copy.