Pro Se Class – Information

Do-It-Yourself Divorce Class

               When: September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

               Where: Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

Go to this class and you will:

  • Learn how to do your own divorce case from start to finish
  • Get help with completing the paperwork
  • Get divorced the same day if you qualify

Sign up for the class here:
http://circuitclerk.co.jackson.il.us/pro-se-class-registration/

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE CLASS?

A list of all the information you need to be ready for the class is here:

If you and your spouse have no children together click the link below:
INFORMATION SHEET FOR PRO SE DIVORCE CLASS – NO KIDS    

If you and your spouse have children together click the link below:
INFORMATION SHEET FOR PRO SE DIVORCE CLASS – WITH KIDS

WHERE DO I GET A COPY OF THE PAPERS I HAVE TO COMPLETE?

All the necessary papers will be provided at the class. If you want to get a head start, the documents you need, plus written instructions on how to complete them are here:

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/divorce/divorce.asp

You can print them, complete them, and bring them to the class.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO FILE A DIVORCE?

               $177 for the spouse filing the divorce

               $116 for the spouse responding to the divorce

               $177 for the respondent if filing a counter petition

WHAT IF I CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THE FILING FEE?

   You can ask the judge for a fee waiver.  The form for this is here: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/procedures/fee_waiver.asp

You can complete the form and bring it with you along with proof the any benefits and income you receive.  If you want to complete the form at the class, you will need to bring the information listed here:
INFORMATION SHEET FOR APPLICATION FOR WAIVER OF COURT FEES FORM

HOW DO I QUALIFY TO GET A SAME DAY DIVORCE?

  • Both you and your spouse must attend the class
  • Both you and your spouse must pay the filing fee or be eligible for a fee waiver.
  • Both you and your spouse must agree on all of the issues, including:
  • Whether you will get a divorce
  • How any real estate will be divided
  • How any pension or retirement accounts will be divided
  • How other personal property will be divided
  • What debts each party will to pay
  • Whether maintenance (alimony) will be paid to either party

If there are children:

  • Who will be responsible to making decisions about the children’s education, medical care, religious training, and extra-curricular activities
  • When the children will be with you and when they will be with your spouse, including a holiday and summer schedule
  • Whether child support will be paid (each party has to complete and bring a completed financial affidavit, which is found here: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/procedures/fee_waiver.asp
  • How health insurance will be provided for the children
  • Who will be responsible for healthcare costs that are not covered by insurance
  • Who will be allowed to claim the children as dependents for income tax purposes

To help you and your spouse discuss these things, you can find a copy of the order that will need to be completed here:
http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/divorce/Divorce_with_Children_Parenting_Plan.pdf