CHICAGO DIVORCE LAWYER ARTICLES

The Final Hearing or Prove Up in An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
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Prove up Illinois divorce

When you go to divorce court in Illinois to finalize your divorce at the “prove up” hearing, you’ll find yourself in a big wood paneled courtroom where everyone is wearing suits and a robed judge sits above everyone behind a big podium.  In addition to all these characters, there will usually be a person with a little typewriter recording what the people in front of the judge are saying.  Not…

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Court Ordered Parenting Class In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
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Parenting Class In Illinois Divorce

Divorce and/or a custody battle is stressful enough.  Illinois family law and family courts think you should be assigned some homework in the middle of it all…parenting classes. In Illinois, you can’t finalize your divorce or your custody litigation until both parents have completed the court ordered parenting class. Why Do I Have To Take A Parenting Class In An Illinois Divorce? If you have kids, you have to take…

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Temporary Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 24, 2020
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Temporary alimony in Illinois

Earnest Hemingway was once asked, “How’d you go bankrupt?” Earnest replied, “Two ways, slowly and then all at once.”  That’s a lot like how a divorce works. Years of resentment and planning becomes tactics and strategy once the divorce is finally filed.  Often, one spouse is left without support yet the discovery deadlines necessary to determine both spouse’s incomes are months away.  In Illinois divorce cases, that spouse needs temporary…

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How To Change Your Name After Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 24, 2020
Changing your name after an Illinois divorce

A cultural tradition in the United States and in most of the Western world is for the wife of a marriage to adopt her husband’s last name.  Alternatively, the wife can hyphenate her name and add husband’s last name (this is the cultural tradition in much of Latin America). After a divorce, however, a wife or spouse may want to shed the last name of their husband or spouse.  How…

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Child Support And Unmarried Parents In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 23, 2020
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Child support Illinois

In Illinois, 39% of all children are born to unmarried parents.  Unmarried parents usually are in a relationship and can rely on each other to raise and support their children…until they can’t. When an unmarried parent needs financial support from the other parent in Illinois, that unmarried parent must turn to the legal system.  So, how does child support for unmarried parents work in Illinois?  Filing For Child Support In…

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