While Russell Knight always focused on family law, The Law Offices of Russell D. Knight began exclusively practicing family law in 2013. Russell Knight much prefers to do one thing, Family Law, and do it well. Russell Knight still, however, uses a great deal of his general knowledge of Criminal, Immigration and Bankruptcy Law in his Family Law practice. Russell Knight enjoys learning new languages, running, and cooking in his spare time.

What is a Prenup?

What Is A Pre-Nuptial Agreement?

The term “pre-nup” is often part of pop culture’s nomenclature. We hear about it on television, we hear about celebrities and athletes entering into pre-nuptial agreements, and we hear about it in music. However, how does a pre-nuptial or premarital agreement actually work, and what is the legal reason people actually enter into pre-nuptial agreements?…

cryptocurrency and division of assets

Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies And Divorce

In 2017 millions of people invested in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Millions of people also got divorced. Therefore, several Bitcoin owners got divorced and had to address the division of their marital assets…which included this new and strange asset which is difficult to verify and difficult to value. In an Illinois divorce the first step…

grandparent time with grandchildren

What Are A Grandparent’s Visitation Rights in Illinois?

For years Illinois had a “grandparents’ rights” statute in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act.  Then in 2002, Wickham vs. Byrne, 769 N.E.2d 1 (2002) was decided in the Illinois Supreme Court holding that the grandparents’ rights portion of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act was unconstitutional. Then in 2016, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution…

texting your children

Practical Advice Concerning Telephone Contact With Your Children

In Illinois, the only law regarding telephone or electronic contact with children is the requirement that “provisions for communications, including electronic communications, with the child during the other parent’s parenting time,” 750 ILCS 602.10(e)(11), be included in the Parenting plan. There is, however, a longstanding tradition that whichever parent is not with the children that day…

Parental support

My Husband or Wife is supported by their parents. Does that effect my maintenance or child support?

Often, during the pendency of a divorce the couple find themselves supporting two households and trying to maintain the standard of living for both of the households while having just one income.  In the absence of assets to live off, typically, this means the lower-earning spouse is relying on support from family. This support may…

Who Gets The Jewelry In An Illinois Divorce?

Jewelry is a peculiar asset: it’s value has to be estimated, it can often “disappear”, but most all it is usually a gift. In Illinois, the first step is determining whether the jewelry is marital property or not.  Section 750 ILCS 5/503(a) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act defines marital property as…