There are 4 forms which must be completed for obtaining a Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage. These are located on the Lake County Circuit Clerk's Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage page. They can also be picked up at the Circuit Clerk's office or Center for Self-Representation.
With all 4 forms, either type the necessary information or neatly print the information in ink. The Circuit Clerk’s Office will assign a case number, so leave the case number field blank. Even though this is a Joint petition, one of the parties must be designated as “Petitioner” and the other must be designated as a “Respondent.”
The Judgment for Simplified Dissolution of Marriage need not be signed in front of a notary, but should be completed and signed by both parties before the hearing. The judge will complete the “Entered” line and sign the Judgment if the Dissolution is granted.
The fee to file for the dissolution is $291 payable to the Lake County Circuit Clerk. Cash, money order, or debit or credit cards are acceptable forms of payment. No personal checks are accepted. Note: The fee is subject to change. Please visit the Lake County Circuit Clerk's Filing Fee page for the most up to date filing fee information.