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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.

Public Records In An Illinois Divorce Trial Or Hearing

By Russell Knight | November 21, 2021
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Government documents in an Illinois divorce

You cannot just show up in an Illinois divorce court with a bunch of documents for a judge to review. Documents are an “out of court statement to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” Therefore, documents are hearsay and…

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Keeping Non-Party Witnesses Out Of Court During An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | November 20, 2021
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Excluding Witnesses

An Illinois divorce judge is the finder of fact during an Illinois divorce trial. The Illinois divorce judge determines what are true facts based on the testimony of the witnesses presented. A judge can use many different factors to determine…

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Questions Beyond The Scope Of Direct Examination In Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2021
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Cross-Examination Illinois Divorce

In an Illinois divorce trial each party has the right to call their own witnesses in order to take testimony and/or present evidence. The initial questioning of a witness is called direct examination. After a witness is called to testify…

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Corporal Punishment In An Illinois Divorce or Parentage Case

By Russell Knight | November 15, 2021
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Spanking children in Illinois is legal to a point

Raising kids is not easy. Disciplining children throughout the stressful divorce process is even harder. Parents often resort to spankings or other methods of corporal punishment. When corporal punishment occurs, the other parent will always be tempted to make that…

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When Does A Child Need To Be In A Car Seat or Have A Seat Belt In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 14, 2021
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Car seat law in Illinois

The first duty of a parent is to keep a child safe. At least twice a day, this involves putting a child in an automobile to go school, daycare, a friend or relative’s house. In Illinois, the child must be…

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Narrative Answers In An Illinois Divorce Hearing or Trial

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2021
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Witness gives narrative answer

You are at an impasse with your ex. You both cannot agree on an issue so you have to let the judge decide. Finally, it is your day in court! Your ex is asked a simple question and then tells…

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Character Evidence In An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2021
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Evidence of character in a divorce

In my 15 years of experience as a divorce attorney, I’ve found that most divorces are the result of a personality disorder or addiction problem on the part of one or both of the parties. Most other married couples seem…

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Boats And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | November 7, 2021
Dividing a boat's value in an Illinois divorce

They say the two best days in a boater’s life are the day they buy the boat and the day they sell it. Perhaps the same may be said of a marriage. Boats are a curious asset in an Illinois…

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Statutes Of Limitations, Timeliness and Laches In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 5, 2021
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Timeliness in an Illinois divorce

The average person has some concept of the basic rules of jurisprudence in the Anglo-American system. One of those concepts is “the statute of limitations” A statute of limitations is “a time limit for suing . . . based on…

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Quit Claim Deeds And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | November 3, 2021
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Deeds and divorce in Illinois

When two people are married and buy real estate, there are incredible incentives to hold the property jointly. Jointly held property has the right of survivorship. If one spouse dies, the entire property passes to the other spouse without the…

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