The Law Office of Russell D. Knight is a family law and divorce law firm dedicated to guiding clients through their divorce both in and out of the courtroom. At The Law Office of Russell D. Knight, our divorce lawyers provide a personal level of service that will help put you back in control. We will discuss all of your legal options and give you an honest assessment of your divorce case. Contact our office today for a 100% free consultation.

Call (773) 334-6311 for a FREE No Obligation Consultation.

Work With Attorneys Who Know Chicago Illinois Divorce and Family Law

Why Hire Our Chicago Divorce & Family Law Firm

Free Consultation

Contact our office for a no-charge confidential and discrete consultation with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer. Russell D. Knight will explain where you are in your divorce case, where you need to be in your divorce case and how to get there. We have broad experience in divorce/family legal matters. When you talk with us, you will know you are talking with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer who has the answers to your questions and the strategy to resolve your divorce case.

Trial Experience

Every divorce lawyer is also a trial lawyer.  Russell D. Knight and his staff of divorce lawyers and paralegals have extensive trial experience. Cooperateive and aggressive negotiation is an important strategy in any Chicago divorce. When negotiations fail, your Chicago divorce lawyer needs to take matters in front of a Cook County domestic relations judge.  Russell D. Knight and his team are intimately familiar with the individual judge’s rules, local rules, civil procedure and evidence laws that make up trial lawyer’s toolkit.  


Fluent in Spanish & Other Languages

Russell Knight and all his staff are fluent in Spanish and other languages.  Russell, raised in Canada, is also a French speaking attorney. Our lawyers can speak with you in person, on the phone or via written correspondence in your native language.

Russell Knight y todo su personal hablan español. Podemos hablar con usted en persona, por teléfono o a través de correspondencia escrita en su idioma natal. 

Chicago Divorce & Family Law
Questions You Should Be Asking Yourself

 Do you really want a divorce?
What would you like your life to look like six months from now? One year from now? Five years from now?
What do you want to protect if your spouse files for divorce?

Can you afford to move away from your marital home before an order of support is entered?
If you had to pay support to your spouse, how much support could you afford and still be able to live independently?

Are you open to mediation or collaborative divorce? Or will a delay only exacerbate the situation?
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” — Joseph Campbell

Russell D. Knight
Top Chicago Divorce & Family Law
Why you should hire us!


Russell D. Knight has been divorcing people in Chicago since 2006. We are a Chicago, Illinois family attorneys that have processed and litigated over a thousand divorce cases and parentage actions.


Client Focus

Personal attention from family law attorneys and professional staff. Each client has a dedicated paralegal and attorney assigned to their divorce case. YOUR best outcome is OUR focus and goal. 

Family Is First

Above all, we focus on your children and family’s current and long-term needs during and after the Illinois divorce process.

Commitment To Value

The billable hour system used by Illinois divorce lawyers is ripe for abuse and misunderstanding.  We provide crystal clear, reasonable invoices to reflect our commitment to providing value as well as results in your Chicago divorce.

Meet Our Chicago Divorce Attorneys


Russell Knight


Specialization: Family Law


(773) 334-6311





Russell D. Knight has been practicing family law as a Chicago divorce lawyer since 2006.  Russell D. Knight amicably resolves tough cases while remaining a strong advocate for his client’s interests.


Rahul lyer


Specialization: Divorce and Family Law


(773) 334-6311





Rahul has practiced divorce and family law since 2012 in Minnesota and then in Chicago, Illinois.  Rahul co-counsels all of Russell Knight’s divorce and family law cases in Chicago.


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“I have a strange situation with my driver’s license, and sought advice on how to best handle it. I reached out to a handful of lawyers, virtually ALL of whom brushed me off and essentially told me to just deal with it. All except Russell Knight, that is. He gave me a concrete starting point, took the time to answer all of my questions, and was honest and forthcoming. What more could you ask for in a lawyer?”


“I wish i called sooner. Russel did an outstanding job and got through my case so quickly. He was very responsive. Just give him a call or shoot him a message and he will accommodate you. Very knowledgeable and helpful. I have recommended him to close friends and clients as well. Nothing but good things thank you so much! Ps- free. Consultation and he speaks Spanish too!”


Unfortunately I have had to deal with many attorneys over the years. Russell is honest, knowledgeable, experienced, responsible, responsive and aggressive (which is something you definitely want in a lawyer). He gets the job done quickly and unlike many of his colleagues, his fees are reasonable and he doesn’t “work the clock.” I have been recommending him to anyone looking for a great lawyer.”

Family Law Is What We Do


Family Law refers to Illinois law, rules, regulations, and court procedures involving the family unit when that unit comes under the purview of the Illinois courts. Additionally, there are local Cook County and Chicago court rules that govern Family Law.

We have a singular obsession with providing insight and understanding into Family Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Family law matters need the attention of a conscientious, skilled attorney who can successfully process your divorce and/or parenting matter.

How We Charge

There are always upwards of 5 people employed in our Chicago, Illinois office.  The rates are as follows

  • $ 385 an hour for Russell Knight.
  • $ 300 an hour for associate attorneys or co-counsels.
  • $ 125 an hour for paralegals

These labor rates are accounted for on a six minute basis and are explicitly explained within the invoices that are distributed.


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