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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.

Unfit Parents And Child Custody In Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 13, 2021
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Unfit Parent In Illinois

Some parents are good. Some parents are bad. Some parents are so bad that they are deemed to be unfit parents by an Illinois court of law. A finding that a person is an “unfit parent” essentially strips that parent…

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A New Spouse’s Income After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | March 7, 2021
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Remarriage and Child Support

At the moment an Illinois divorce is registered, the final court documents capture a moment in time. A moment where both parties are unmarried…but they won’t be for long. People who get divorced usually get married again. A remarriage means…

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How To Disinherit Your Spouse In Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 1, 2021
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Disinherited Spouse

When you’re getting married you hear the words “’Til Death Do Us Part.” When you contemplate divorce, you don’t want your current spouse to have anything after you die. So, how do you disinherit a spouse in Illinois? A Divorce…

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Trust Funds For Children And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | February 28, 2021
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Trust Funds and Divorce

Trust funds are way to set aside money for a specific purpose. Trusts are especially useful for applying money for the benefit of someone who cannot manage the money themselves such as a child. A trust is “an equitable or…

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Can You Talk To Your Spouse During An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 27, 2021
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Talking To Spouse During Divorce

Divorce is the end of a relationship but the relationship is rarely truly over. During a divorce, the marriage is still unwinding as parties arrange schedules with their children, divide assets and debts and arrange for support. During the divorce,…

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Dissipation Of Assets In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | February 21, 2021
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Wasted Money In A Divorce

While adultery and betrayal can be central to any divorce, there seems to be no greater betrayal than financial betrayal. Illinois, while being a no-fault state for divorce, does recognize financial betrayal and takes strict accounting of extreme financial malfeasance…

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What Happens To A Tax Refund In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 7, 2021
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Tax Refund

Tax refunds can be afterthought in an Illinois divorce. Maintenance, child support and the division of assets and debts will dwarf the money the at the U.S. government owes one or both parties to an Illinois divorce. Still, money is…

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What Is Judicial Notice In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial?

By Russell Knight | February 6, 2021
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Judicial Notice In Illinois

Much of the divorce process looks like backroom horse trading…and it kind of is. But, when you can’t agree in those back rooms, you have the right to go to a full hearing in front of a judge. At that…

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Preservation And Destruction of Evidence In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | February 4, 2021
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Destroying evidence in Illinois

Every divorce litigant ends up realizing that a massive amount of their divorce is devoted to discovery. Discovery is the accumulation of relevant information which either gives a party peace of mind or gives a party evidence to use in…

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Opening Statements In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 31, 2021
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Opening Statement

In an Illinois divorce hearing or trial before evidence is put on there will be the opportunity for each side to deliver an opening statement. “The opening statement is intended generally to inform the [finder of fact] concerning the nature…

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