How Do I Get An Order Of Protection In Cook County?

By Russell Knight | December 31, 2017
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Chicago Order Of Protection

Orders of protection in Cook County can be obtained either through the criminal courts or through the civil courts. A criminal order of protection is obtained through the underlying crime (usually assault or battery).  The state’s attorney should provide you…

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What Are A Grandparent’s Visitation Rights in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 31, 2017
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grandparent time with grandchildren

Grandparents rights in Illinois.  It certainly sounds like it should be a thing…but it really isn’t in most circumstances. For years Illinois had a “grandparents’ rights” statute in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act.  Then in 2002, Wickham vs. Byrne,…

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Practical Advice Concerning Telephone Contact With Your Children

By Russell Knight | December 30, 2017
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texting 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…

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My Husband or Wife is supported by their parents. Does that affect my maintenance or child support in my Chicago divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 30, 2017
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Parental 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,…

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Who Gets The Jewelry In A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 29, 2017
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Jewelry is a peculiar asset. Jewelry’s value has to be estimated by a professional before that value is known.  Jewelry can often “disappear” during a divorce. Most all, jewelry is usually a gift.  But, who gets the jewelry in a…

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How Will The New Tax Law Affect Maintenance (Formerly Known As Alimony)

By Russell Knight | December 28, 2017
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Before the new tax law was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on December 20, 2017, 26 U.S. Code Section 71(a) read “Gross income includes amounts received as alimony or separate maintenance payments” which mean that the…

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Who Gets To Live In The House While We’re Getting Divorced In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 27, 2017
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When someone asks me “Who gets to live in the house during the divorce?” My first advice to any potential client is that you have to take care of yourself first.  Take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. …

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I have sole custody. We live in Chicago. Can I move the children wherever I want?

By Russell Knight | December 26, 2017
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What Is Sole Custody? In Illinois, sole allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as “sole custody”) allows a parent to be solely responsible for making decisions for a minor child. Statutorily, these decisions are broken down into four different areas,…

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What To Do If Your Ex Lives With A Sex Offender in Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | December 24, 2017
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New relationships of your ex can always be full of concern. You find yourself dealing with a third-party who has not been vetted and someone who your ex has selected. While many significant others are harmless, in some instances, they…

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Can I get my husband or wife deported?

By Russell Knight | December 24, 2017
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As a Chicago attorney who speaks three languages, this issue comes up constantly.  Understandably upset clients believe they can solve all of their problems by having their immigrant spouse deported as well as divorced.  The reality is that it is…

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