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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.

Questions That Assume Unproven Facts In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 4, 2021
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Objection for Assumption

In an Illinois hearing or trial, the point of asking questions of a witness is to elicit relevant facts from that witness. It’s tempting to just “cut to the chase” and presume certain facts in advance without asking about them…

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Questions That Call For A Conclusion In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 3, 2021
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Opinion Witnesses In An Illinois Divorce

When someone is giving testimony in an Illinois divorce hearing or trial, the point of the questions is for the finder of fact, the judge, to come to a legal conclusion. The questions, however, cannot call for a conclusive answer.…

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Enforcing A Judgment In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 3, 2021
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Enforcing Judgments In Illinois

After an Illinois divorce is settled or a trial order is issued, the divorce is not over. Both parties must still comply with the terms of the Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage and the incorporated Marital Settlement Agreement and Allocation…

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Best Evidence Rule In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 2, 2021
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Original Writing In Illinois Divorce Trials

Presenting evidence in an Illinois divorce is complicated. You must establish foundation, authenticate the evidence and be sure the evidence doesn’t violate one of the numerous evidentiary rules. Even after all of that is done, your evidence must still be…

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Amending A Pleading In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 30, 2021
amending divorce papers in Illinois

The Illinois divorce court system seems very intimidating. You have to put on paper the most fundamental and intimate details of your life: you and your spouse’s break up, your kids, all of your finances. Then those papers get stamped,…

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Argumentative Questions In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 27, 2021
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Objection argumentative

Divorce is not pleasant. Divorce requires you to disclose your entire financial life and have your ability and even right to be a parent questioned. Worst of all, you can be directly confronted about your personal foibles and failings by…

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Motions In Limine In An Illinois Divorce Case

By Russell Knight | June 27, 2021
Motion In Limine

“In Limine” is a latin term for “on or at the threshold; at the very beginning; preliminarily.” Specifically, in an Illinois divorce, a motion in limine is a motion made before trial. Trial is where evidence is offered to the…

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Stipulations In An Illinois Divorce Case

By Russell Knight | June 27, 2021
Stipulating to evidence in an Illinois divorce

An Illinois divorce is the process by which two married people unwind their joint lives into two separate rights and obligations. The parties to an Illinois divorce will come to an agreement regarding the various conclusions of their divorce: division…

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Signing Away Rights As A Parent In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 26, 2021
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terminate parental rights in Illinois

Parents often come to me and ask if the other parent can simply “sign away their rights” and essentially have no further responsibility or right to their child. I’m not sure why they think a signature is all it takes…

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Rollover IRAs and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 20, 2021
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rollover 401k divorce

401(k)s and other retirement accounts get divided in a divorce based on the contributions made to those accounts during the marriage. When those accounts get consolidated into a rollover IRA, the mathematics required to accurately divide the retirement account becomes…

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