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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.

How To Present Evidence In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | January 30, 2021
Evidence and Illinois Divorce

If you cannot agree with your spouse as to the terms of your divorce, you are going to have ask a judge to resolve your disagreements. In Illinois, the finder of fact is a judge NOT a jury. “There shall…

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My Child’s Father or Mother Is In Prison. Can They Still Pay Child Support?

By Russell Knight | January 24, 2021
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Incarcerated parents in Illinois

When a parent goes away it’s sad for everyone but when a parent is literally locked up and inaccessible to their children and unable to provide for their children, it’s a tragedy. But, just because someone is in jail and…

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Unconscionable Prenuptial Agreements In Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 23, 2021
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Break an Illinois prenup

In the lead up to a marriage there is much thought given to how to build a life together but very little thought as to how those intertwined lives would be unwound if there was a divorce. People entering into…

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What is a QILDRO in an Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | January 22, 2021
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QILDRO Divorce

There are so many acronyms in Illinois family law: HFS, MSA, OC, QDRO, QILDRO. It’s hard to keep track of terms that are only relevant in an Illinois divorce…while you’re in the middle of an Illinois divorce. What is a…

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Standard Of Living And Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 16, 2021
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Standard of Living Enjoyed During The Marriage

Most of people’s understanding of divorce comes from television and movies…which are made in California. Therefore, we often parrot back Californian law that has little to no impact in states such as Illinois. One Californian legal concept is that the…

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My Spouse Gave Me A Sexually Transmitted Disease. What Do I Do?

By Russell Knight | January 15, 2021
STD and Divorce in Illinois

Sex outside of a marriage is bad enough but when someone brings something back from extramarital sex, it is really bad. Sadly, a sexually transmitted disease is usually the cherry on top of a horrible divorce sundae. It’s embarrassing at…

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I Don’t Live In Illinois But I Was Served With Illinois Divorce Papers

By Russell Knight | January 10, 2021
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Divorce service outside of Illinois

Married couples move apart over time. They often literally move away from each other and one spouse will file for divorce in a state that the other spouse doesn’t live in. This is inconvenient for the out-of-state spouse at best…

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My Spouse’s Income Reduced During My Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 9, 2021
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Reduced Income In An Illinois Divorce

Things change when people get divorced. Whether it is the stress of a divorce or the conniving strategy, incomes seems to plummet during the divorce process. In Illinois, income is what determines maintenance (formerly known as alimony) and child support.…

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Flexible Spending Accounts And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 2, 2021
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Divorce and flexible spending accounts

There are a lot of assets to account for in an Illinois divorce. 401ks, houses, cars, bank accounts and personal items must all be allocated to each party in a divorce.  It is easy to overlook smaller accounts during the…

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Immigration Status And Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 1, 2021
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Permanent residency and divorce

Getting into the United States is relatively easy. Staying in the United States, legally, is the tricky part. Many people who get permission to remain in the United States beyond the terms of their visa do so by adjusting their…

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