When your family has issues that may lead to litigation, deep-seated emotions can boil over long before you reach a courtroom. Your lawyer can either add to the stress or reduce that existing level of stress. At The Law Office of Russell D. Knight, we 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 case. Contact our office today for a 100% free consultation to find out how we can best help you.

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

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Why Hire Our Chicago Divorce & Family Law Firm

Free Consultation

Contact our office for a no-charge confidential consultation to discuss your potential legal options. We have broad experience in divorce/family legal matters. When you talk with us, you know we’ll apply that experience and knowledge to your problem.

Trial Experience

Russell Knight and his staff have extensive trial experience and are eager to take matters to hearing in front of a judge when required. While informed, aggressive negotiation is an important strategy, your lawyer should be comfortable advocating for you in open court.


Fluent in Spanish & French

Russell Knight and all his staff are fluent in Spanish. We 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.  Russell, raised in Canada, also speaks French.

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?
What can you do now to protect yourself if your spouse filed for divorce?
Are you open to marriage counseling? We have excellent recommendations if this is still an option.
Gather initial financial records using the Illinois Financial Affidavit as a guide.
Take an inventory of your personal belongings that do not fit into the financial affidavit.
Consider if you’re able to afford moving away from your marital home before an order of support is entered. If you had to pay support, 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?

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


We are a Chicago, Illinois family law firm that has processed and litigated over a thousand of divorces.

Client Focus

Personal attention from attorneys and professional staff. Dedicated to your family’s interests in this trying time.

Family Is First

We provide the guidance you need in providing for your children’s needs during and after the divorce process.

Free Consultation

Whether by phone or in person, we always offer an initial consultation at no cost.

Meet Our Chicago Family Attorneys

Russell Knight


Specialization: Family Law

(773) 334-6311



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

Rahul lyer


Specialization: Family Law

(773) 334-6311



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

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Schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys.


“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 courts. Additionally, there are local Cook County and Chicago court rules that govern Family Law. We at the Law Office of Russell D. Knight value your family as it exists now and will exist in the future. Most family law matters need the attention of a conscientious, skilled attorney who can successfully process your divorce and/or child custody matter.

How We Charge

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

  • $ 325 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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