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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.

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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I want to move with my child out of Chicago, Illinois? Can I?

By Russell Knight | November 18, 2017
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If you’re engaged to someone out of town or you’ve got a better job offer in another state, you may want to move out of Chicago, Illinois with your child…whether the other parent likes it or not. “Removal cases are…

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How do I change my child’s last name in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 18, 2017
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Maybe your child has your last name and now you want to give your child the father’s (biological or not) last name.  You are going to need to know how to change a child’s last name in Chicago, Illinois. When…

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How Do I Calculate Child Support In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | September 1, 2017
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“Both parents have the financial responsibility to support a minor child.” In re Marriage of MacZko, 263 Ill. App. 3d 991, 994 (Ill. App. Ct. 1992) Effective July 1, 2017, courts in the State of Illinois implemented changes to how…

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In Chicago, Illinois, how can I change my parenting time or visitation?

By Russell Knight | August 8, 2017
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A child’s schedule and yours will change dramatically as the child grows older and your life condition changes.  You will need to know how you can change your parenting time or visitation in Chicago, Illinois. If there is no previous…

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I signed a Mahr and I’m getting divorced in Chicago, Illinois. Can I enforce the Mahr in court?

By Russell Knight | July 20, 2017
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In Islam, a mahr (also transliterated mehir, mehr, meher, mehrieh or mahriyeh) is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom’s father, to the bride at the time of marriage, that legally becomes her property.…

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In What Court Houses Do We Practice Law?

By Russell Knight | June 28, 2017

***Update*** Since the corona virus crisis courts have switched from in-person hearings to doing everything remotely via Zoom. I will now practice anywhere in Illinois (or Florida) so long as remote hearings are the standard.  I only practice Family Law…

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What If My Spouse Conceals His Or Her Assets And I find Out After We’re Divorced In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 30, 2017
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During the divorce process your spouse and you are supposed to exchange documents detailing all of your assets (marital and non-marital).  This process is called “discovery.” It is unfortunate but common for spouses to hide assets and not disclose those…

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