The duration of a divorce case in Illinois depends on the individual situation as well as the presiding court. It’s very common for complex or contested divorces to take upwards of a year or even more. A few of the factors affecting the duration of each case include the number of issues involved and their complexity, whether children are involved, whether the parties have reached a settlement or if they will require a trial, and the volume of cases before the presiding court.
To help shorten the process, parties can try to reach an amicable settlement of as many issues as possible. This will help decrease the number of contested issues before the court as well as the frequency of court appearance.
Madilyn Keating Ellsworth is an associate attorney at the Chicago-based firm Boyle Feinberg Sharma. Madilyn practices all aspects of family law including child custody, child support, distribution of assets, and post-dissolutions matters.