Law Office of Russell D. Knight

Work With Attorneys Who Know Chicago, Illinois Family Law

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.


Attorney 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 habla español. Podemos hablar con usted en persona, por teléfono o a través de correspondencia escrita en su idioma natal.  Russell, raised in Canada, can also speak French.

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We are an Illinois family law firm that has processed and litigated thousands of divorces.

Committed To Clients

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 initial advice at no cost to you

Divorce and Family Law

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.
1. Do you really want a divorce? What would you like your life to look like six months from now? A year from now? Five years from now?
2. Are you open to marriage counseling? We have excellent recommendations if this is still an option.
3. Gather initial financial records using the Illinois Financial Affidavit as a guide.
4. Take an inventory of your personal belongings that do not fit into the financial affidavit.
5. Get a copy of your credit report to verify your debts.
6. 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?
7. Are you open to mediation or collaborative divorce? Or will a delay only exacerbate the situation?
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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.

Child Support

Effective July 1, 2017, courts in the State of Illinois implemented changes to how child support is to be calculated. Child support obligations will be calculated using “Income Shares Method”.


Maintenance is a monetary sum paid by one spouse for the benefit of the other spouse upon separation or the dissolution of marriage; also called “alimony” or “spousal support.”

Parenting Time

For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.

Division of Marital Assets

One of the key functions of a divorce is the division of property acquired during the course of a marriage.

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.
  • $ 250 an hour for associate attorneys or co-counsels.
  • $ 100 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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Child Support

We will prove the non-residential parent’s income whether it’s revealing secret income or proving the non-residential parent’s meagre income through low expenses.

Effective July 1, 2017, courts in the State of Illinois implemented changes to how child support is to be calculated. Going forward, child support obligations will be calculated using something called the “Income Shares Method”. The formula no longer uses a straight percentage to calculate income. Instead, it calculates child support incorporating both the non-custodial and the custodial parent’s income.

Child Visitation

We will enforce visitation rights whether it be expanding visitation for a worthy non-residential parent or reducing and/or eliminating visitation for dangerous non-residential parent.

Agreed Divorce

We provide affordable document preparation and assistance for an agreed divorce.

Contest Divorce

We are ceaselessly aggressive while professional in guiding you through this difficult process” with “We are ceaselessly aggressive while maintaining absolute professionalism as we guide you through this difficult process. A contested divorce can involve friendly negotiation to a full trial.

Post-Decree Enforcement

If your divorce is final and your ex-spouse will not follow the final orders, we can take him or her to court at their expense.

Get Your Free Consultation

For Chicago, Illinois family law representation, contact the Law Office of Russell D. Knight Law.  We can help you with divorce, high net worth divorce, property division, spousal support/alimony, child custody, visitation, paternity, child support, domestic violence, same-sex cases and post-divorce modifications. Whether you prefer negotiation, mediation or litigation, our attorneys have the experience to assist you.

To schedule an appointment, please call us at (773) 334-6311. You may also complete the form on this page and we will contact you shortly.

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