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.

I have an agreement with my spouse. Is that enforceable in a Chicago, Illinois court?

ATTENTION:  There is new case law since I wrote this that may effect any Chicago, Illinois out-of-court agreements.  Learn more here. Typically, all agreements in the context of a divorce or parentage case must be entered with the court as an agreed order.  This memorializes the agreement and gives the agreement the court’s “stamp of…

I used non-marital funds to purchase the family home in Chicago. Do I get those non-marital funds reimbursed?

In short, it depends how the family home was held. If the family home was held in your name exclusively and you used those non-marital funds (usually an inheritance) to pay the mortgage of the home, then you could have reasonable chain of title showing that this property was non-marital and remained non-marital because the…

What is a Prenup?

What Is A Pre-Nuptial Agreement in Chicago, Illinois?

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. Chicago is where the world’s commodities get…

Bad Marriage Certificate

My Cook County Marriage Certificate Might Be Invalid. What Do I Do?

In Illinois there is a great deal of law as to what makes a marriage valid. 750 ILCS 200 et al. A marriage license must be applied for, a marriage must be solemnized and the marriage license must be recorded appropriately. It is exceptionally rare for a marriage conducted in Illinois to have its marriage…