Chicago, IL asked in Divorce for Illinois

Q: I have a judgement for Legal Separate with my wife. How to I go about making it a divorce?

My wife and I decided not to divorce so she can stay covered under my health insurance. So we are legally separated with two children. We already have a Financial Agreement and Parenting Agreement. Now I want to change our status from "Legal Separation" to "Divorced". Do I need to hire my lawyer back or is this something I can do on my own? Thanks in advance.

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James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
Answered
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: It's possible you could do it on your own, but i strongly recommend returning to your lawyer (whose already familiar with your situation) and letting him or her handle it. There's a lot of truth in the old saying, "I'm a professional. Don't try this at home."

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
Answered
  • Oak Brook Terrace, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You could probably do it on your own, but it would be frustrating and difficult. The fact that you already have a Legal Separation does not make getting divorced all that much easier. Fighting shouldn't be a factor, but there are still papers that have to be prepared and filed properly, not to mention the mechanics of getting your case before a certain judge on a certain day, and then knowing what to say and do when you get there.

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