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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.

Innocent Spouse Relief And Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 11, 2021
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Tax Debt Relief After Divorce

People who cheat on their spouses, betray their spouse’s trust and disregard their spouse’s feelings…usually don’t care much about what they owe the Federal government in taxes. But, most spouses file their taxes jointly and, therefore, both spouses sign the…

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Repetitive Questions In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 10, 2021
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Cumulative questions in Illinois

If an Illinois divorce court has determined that your question is relevant and not subject to the bar against hearsay, the witness must answer your question. But once the witness has answered a question you are not allowed to continue…

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Speculative Answers In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 10, 2021
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Speculation objection

The point of questioning a witness in an Illinois divorce is to elicit knowledge that they accurately and verifiably possess. If the witness testifies to something they do not actually know, they are speculating. Speculative answers should be met with…

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Leading Questions In An Illinois Divorce Trial Or Hearing

By Russell Knight | July 4, 2021
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Objecting to leading questions in Illinois

Probably the first rule of evidence any attorney learns is that leading questions are not allowed when you’re calling your own witness. A leading question is “a question put or framed in such a form as to suggest the answer…

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Questions That Assume Unproven Facts In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 4, 2021
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Objection for Assumption

In an Illinois hearing or trial, the point of asking questions of a witness is to elicit relevant facts from that witness. It’s tempting to just “cut to the chase” and presume certain facts in advance without asking about them…

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Questions That Call For A Conclusion In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 3, 2021
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Opinion Witnesses In An Illinois Divorce

When someone is giving testimony in an Illinois divorce hearing or trial, the point of the questions is for the finder of fact, the judge, to come to a legal conclusion. The questions, however, cannot call for a conclusive answer.…

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Enforcing A Judgment In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 3, 2021
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Enforcing Judgments In Illinois

After an Illinois divorce is settled or a trial order is issued, the divorce is not over. Both parties must still comply with the terms of the Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage and the incorporated Marital Settlement Agreement and Allocation…

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Best Evidence Rule In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 2, 2021
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Original Writing In Illinois Divorce Trials

Presenting evidence in an Illinois divorce is complicated. You must establish foundation, authenticate the evidence and be sure the evidence doesn’t violate one of the numerous evidentiary rules. Even after all of that is done, your evidence must still be…

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Amending A Pleading In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 30, 2021
amending divorce papers in Illinois

The Illinois divorce court system seems very intimidating. You have to put on paper the most fundamental and intimate details of your life: you and your spouse’s break up, your kids, all of your finances. Then those papers get stamped,…

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Argumentative Questions In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 27, 2021
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Objection argumentative

Divorce is not pleasant. Divorce requires you to disclose your entire financial life and have your ability and even right to be a parent questioned. Worst of all, you can be directly confronted about your personal foibles and failings by…

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