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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.

Who Is The Primary Residential Parent In An Illinois Divorce or Custody Case?

By Russell Knight | June 21, 2020
Primary Residential Parent In Illinois

Parents are parents.  Moms are moms and dads are dads.  But when people get divorced or separated, some parents try to become the better parent, parent # 1, super parent, or something like that.  In reality, there is no official…

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How To Delay A Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 18, 2020
Divorce delay in Illinois

A lot of strategy in a divorce is about timing.  For most people, they want to get divorced as quickly as possible.  The sooner a divorce is over, the sooner your obligations to the marriage end. But, there are some…

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Stock Options And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 16, 2020
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Divorce And Stock Options In Illinois

The term “stock options” has a certain mystique. Stock options seem like sophisticated financial instrument for the rich and about-to-be-rich…and they kind of are.  The problem with sophisticated financial instruments like stock options, is that they are hard to divide…

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In What County Do I File For Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | June 14, 2020
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jurisdiction in Illinois divorce

Illinois has 102 counties. Each county has its own court system for resolving divorce and other family law matters. The county wherein a divorce litigant files for divorce will determine who will decide the terms of that divorce.  Therefore, this…

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Dating During Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 13, 2020
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Illinois Divorce And Dating

Many people don’t wait for the divorce process to officially end before dating.  The wisdom of dating during a divorce in Illinois is debatable.  If you or your spouse are actively dating other people while unwinding your relationship through an…

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Terminating Maintenance After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 10, 2020
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Enough Alimony in Illinois

Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is a funny thing in Illinois.  If you aren’t awarded maintenance at the finalization of your Illinois divorce, you can never ask for it in the future.  But, if you are receiving maintenance, sooner or…

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Airline Miles And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 7, 2020
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frequent flyer miles and divorce in Illinois

In an Illinois divorce every object or conceptual thing the couple owns, either together or apart, can be divided. Physical objects like paintings, animals, cars, houses, and photo albums can all be allocated in an Illinois divorce. Non-physical items such…

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I Was Served With Divorce Papers In Illinois. Now What?

By Russell Knight | June 6, 2020
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Service in an Illinois divorce

Divorce is hard.  It would be nice if everyone could proceed with a divorce on a schedule that accommodates their own personal physical, emotional and mental needs.  Unfortunately, that’s not how divorce works in Illinois.  Once a person has filed…

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Abandonment And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 5, 2020
Divorce and Abandonment In Illinois

People don’t always announce, “I want a divorce!” Sometimes, they just leave…and you never hear from them again.  The other spouse’s life must go on and get in order so they will need a divorce from the spouse who abandoned…

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What Is The Best Interest Of The Child In An Illinois Custody Case?

By Russell Knight | June 4, 2020
child's best interests

Illinois divorce and family judges decide almost everything related to the children in a divorce or parentage matter based on what is in the children’s best interests.  What exactly does “Best Interest Of The Child” mean in an Illinois divorce…

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