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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.

Can You Do A Hearing Or Trial Via Zoom In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 1, 2021
Zoom hearing constitutional?

As of the writing of this article, we are currently a year and a half into the COVID-19 crisis. Courts across the nation have been conducting status calls, hearings and trials via Zoom or other software that allows for remote…

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What Happens If I Don’t Go To Court In My Illinois Divorce Case?

By Russell Knight | August 30, 2021
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Not appearing in an Illinois divorce case

As of the writing of this article, people don’t physically go to court per many local court rules due to COVID. Still, parties to an Illinois divorce must appear sometimes in court to either say something before the court or…

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Objections At A Deposition During an Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 29, 2021
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Defending a deposition during an Illinois divorce

While everyone knows, more or less, how a trial works, a deposition is a little baffling. An attorney can ask anyone they like to appear at a date and time certain to be questioned about matters which will be revealed…on…

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Disclosure Of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Abuse In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 28, 2021
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Mental health privacy in an Illinois divorce

People come to see me about divorce and sometimes wonder if they need a divorce or if they can still work on their marriage. I always advise people “Try to work it out. There’s always hope.” In my opinion, the…

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1031 Exchanges And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | August 28, 2021
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Capital Gains And Taxes in An Illinois Divorce

When a couple owns real estate together and gets divorced one of three things will happen to that house. One party will keep the real estate and the other party will receive other marital assets have an equivalent value of…

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What Is An Affidavit In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 27, 2021
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Affidavit In An Illinois Divorce

When your personal life is been turned upside down from a divorce, it is especially difficult to learn the nomenclature of the Illinois court system.  The legal world is ripe with words that seem to only apply within the confines…

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What If My Spouse Disappears During Our Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 25, 2021
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Disappearing spouse in an Illinois divorce

An Illinois divorce court has enormous powers…so long as the court can enforce those powers. It is very difficult to enforce an Illinois court order when one of the parties has left Illinois or the United States of America. What…

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What Is An Order In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 21, 2021
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Court orders in an Illinois divorce

When two parties to an Illinois divorce cannot agree on an issue, they turn to an Illinois divorce judge to make the decision for them. That decision by the court is an “order.” After every appearance in court, the judge…

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Hostile Witnesses In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | August 21, 2021
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What is a hostile witness in an Illinois divorce?

If your divorce requires an evidentiary hearing or trial you may need testimony from someone who is not on your side. You may need a witness who is your spouse, your spouse’s relatives, your spouse’s boyfriend/girlfriend or just some jerk…

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Pseudonyms or “John Doe” Names In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 21, 2021
Anonymous names in an Illinois divorce

Every divorce case in Illinois has a caption. The caption identifies, what county and division the case is in, who the parties are to the divorce and what the case number is. “The party commencing an action shall be called…

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