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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.

In Chicago, Illinois, Is Permanent Maintenance Really Permanent?

By Russell Knight | April 15, 2017
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Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is awarded for a period of time after the divorce. Maintenance can be for just a few months or maintenance can be permanent in Illinois. Illinois law provides that maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is…

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Division of Marital Assets In a Chicago Divorce

By Russell Knight | March 10, 2017
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One of the key functions of a divorce is the division of property acquired during the course of a marriage. Illinois is an ‘equitable division’ state, meaning the courts are inclined to divide all marital property equitably. This can be…

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

By Russell Knight | February 5, 2017
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For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all…

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Spousal Maintenance in Chicago Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 5, 2017
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Spousal Maintenance is a monetary sum paid by one spouse for the benefit of the other spouse upon separation or the dissolution of marriage; also called “alimony” or “spousal support.” In determining how much one spouse will pay another spousal…

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What is Discovery in an Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | January 3, 2017
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Discovery is the process through which attorneys and litigants, prior to a trial, obtain information about the case they are involved in. “The purposes of litigation are best served when each party knows as much about the controversy as is…

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4 Things You Can Do to Have a Cheap Divorce at Our Chicago Office

By Russell Knight | November 6, 2016

Divorce is expensive. My office focuses on providing value for the clients.  While we do everything we can do to provide maximum value at minimal cost there are many things a client can do to reduce his or her fees.…

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Parenting In Alone In Chicago # 5: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

By Russell Knight | October 30, 2016
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This is number five in my series of things to do with children while parenting alone.  Whether you’re divorced, separated or just have the kids for the weekend, I hope these articles can help you enjoy quality time with your…

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In Chicago, Illinois, after I’m divorced do I have to pay for college for my children?

By Russell Knight | September 10, 2016
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If the Cook County Court orders, you must contribute to your children’s college expenses after a divorce. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act 750 ILCS 513 says that either or both of the parents can be ordered to…

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When is mediation required in a Chicago, Illinois divorce case?

By Russell Knight | September 7, 2016
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Mediation is a great idea for any divorce.  Mediation can help eliminate some or all disagreements and thereby eliminate the need for most of a divorce lawyers work.  But often the parties to a divorce are in such disagreement that…

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In Chicago, Illinois, can the court award me custody of my dog, cat or pet?

By Russell Knight | August 6, 2016
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For years, the answer to Chicago divorce pet custody questions has been, “There is no custody for animals. Pets are treated as property and divided as such. In theory, if you don’t agree as to who gets the animal, the…

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