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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.

Chicago Illinois Divorce Timeline

By Russell Knight | December 19, 2017
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Chicago Illinois Divorce Timeline

To start, one of the spouses hires a lawyer, who files a petition for them in court. This document states basic facts about the marriage. The spouse will be referred to as the petitioner for the rest of the case.…

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My Ex Owes Me Child Support. How Do I Collect That Child Support In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 17, 2017
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Whether you had an Illinois divorce with a child or you had an Illinois parentage case, if your ex owes you child support it is presumed that an order was entered in an Illinois court requiring him or her to…

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Can My Spouse Pay My Attorney’s Fees in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 11, 2017
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“The law well settled that the attorney fees are the primary obligation of the party for whom the services are rendered.” In re Marriage of Stufflebeam, 283 Ill. App. 3d 923, 929 (1996) “Under Illinois law, each party pays his…

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In Chicago, Illinois, is property acquired after separation marital or non-marital property?

By Russell Knight | December 10, 2017
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In 12 years of practicing family law in Chicago, Illinois I’ve found that parties almost always separate and begin pursuing separate lives before they even file for divorce.  Often, the parties will then believe that a “line in the sand”…

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Will My Children Have To Testify In My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 10, 2017
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Children are a part of a family and their voices can be used to influence the eventual structure of that family after the divorce. Yet, it isn’t always certain that children will or will not testify in a Chicago, Illinois…

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My work schedule doesn’t allow me to have regular, specific time off. How will I see my children in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 27, 2017
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This situation is extremely common for Chicago’s firemen, police, and hospital workers.  Typically, some kind of letter is required from your employer outlining the conditions of your employment including the scheduling arrangement.  If your schedule is truly in constant flux,…

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How Can I Reduce My Child Support In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 27, 2017
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Child support is always modifiable.  Once a child support payor understands that the next question is always “How can I reduce my child support?” In Chicago, Illinois, to obtain a reduction in his or her child support obligation, a parent…

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I Bought Something With My Spouse Using Non-marital Property. What Will Happen In My Chicago divorce?

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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In a Chicago, Illinois divorce, all property held by either of the two parties (or both) is either marital property or non-marital property. Marital property is divisible in the divorce proceedings while non-marital property stays with the person in possession…

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Illinois Divorce Law Is Changing Again

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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Illinois Family law is changing once again with the passage of public act 100-520. Some of the new changes include: 750 ILCS 5/21-103.5 now requires that any petition to change a child’s name require notification to a parent or any…

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I am behind on my child support in Chicago, Illinois. What’s going to happen?

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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Two different parties can cause you big problems if you’re behind on your child support in Chicago, Illinois: 1) The parent you owe the money to and 2) The Cook County clerk of court. The parent you owe money to…

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