Russell Knight

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.

Parental Alienation In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 9, 2020
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Illinois parental alienation

When two parents decide to no longer continue their relationship with each other they still must maintain a relationship with the children. When one parent’s relationship with his or her child is harmed by the other parent the term “parental…

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Stepparents and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 7, 2020
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Step-parents In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce isn’t just the ending of a marriage, divorces can also be a new beginning.  New relationships will blossom and then strengthen. If a divorced person has children, this means that there will be a stepparent situation that everyone will have…

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Timeshares And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 5, 2020
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Illinois divorce and timeshares

Divorce is about unwinding two people’s professional and personal relationship. Each party to the divorce keeps certain assets and is assigned responsibility for certain debts. But some things are either both an asset and a debt or kind of neither,…

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Second Jobs, Overtime And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 5, 2020
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Overtime and 2nd Jobs In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is financially stressful.  Two incomes used to support one household before the divorce.  After the divorce, one income often supports two households. On top of those household expenses are the divorce attorneys’ fees.  Often the only way to pay…

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What Is A Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | July 4, 2020
Final Divorce Decree In Illinois

A Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage is the final written document at the end of the divorce process. A married couple in Illinois remains married until the final Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage is entered by an Illinois court with…

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Nesting And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 2, 2020
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Divorce And Nesting In Illiinois

“Nesting” is the idea that, after a separation or a divorce, instead of the kids going between Mom and Dad’s house, the Mom and Dad alternately go to the house where the kids stay all of the time. Is nesting…

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What Is An Appearance In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | July 2, 2020
divorce appearance in Illinois

An appearance is “[t]he formal proceeding by which a defendant submits himself to the jurisdiction of the court.” Black’s Law Dictionary (11th Edition).  So, what is an appearance in an Illinois divorce case and how can that appearance affect an Illinois…

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Counter-Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 30, 2020
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Counter-petition for divorce in Illinois

Divorce is sometimes a surprise.  Your spouse can serve you with divorce papers and you must then follow your spouse through the divorce process. It can feel like your soon-to-be-ex is in charge of the divorce because they were the…

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Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 28, 2020
Divorce Petition In Illinois

Divorce is daunting. The first step to the formal, legal process of divorce in Illinois is filing the Petition For Dissolution of Marriage. This document has numerous legal requirements and is your first impression to the court that will decide…

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What Is A QDRO In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | June 27, 2020
QDROs and divorce in Illinois

Lawyers love to use acronyms and buzzwords to shorten long phrases like “Qualified Domestic Relations Order” which is commonly referred to as a “QDRO.” So, what is a QDRO, exactly, in an Illinois divorce? QDROs are court orders that allow…

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