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Can You Sue A Judge In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | June 6, 2021
Suing an Illinois Judge

When you’re involved in a dispute in Illinois, you can always take that dispute to court. The court, however, may not agree with you and your dispute may now be with the judge who rule against you. When you’re in a dispute with the judge themselves over the original dispute that you brought to court…you are fighting an uphill battle. Suing An Illinois Judge Judges in Illinois are protected from…

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The Duty To Seek Employment After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 5, 2021
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Seek employment after divorce

After a maintenance award is made in an Illinois divorce, there will be some language that will specify the amount and duration of maintenance The amount and duration of maintenance is “designed to allow the recipient spouse to maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage.” In re Marriage of Micheli, 2014 IL App (2d) 121245 An example is as follows: “HUSBAND shall pay reviewable maintenance to WIFE Two…

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Do I Have To Support My Immigrant Spouse In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | June 3, 2021
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Foreign Spouse Support

Marriage to an American citizen is the most common path to U.S. residency for foreign nationals, with more than 2.3 million foreign nationals gaining lawful permanent resident status via marriage between 1998 and 2007. What obligations does an American citizen have to their foreign spouse after an Illinois divorce? Foreign Spouses Are Entitled To Support In An Illinois Divorce In every Illinois divorce “[t]he court shall first make a finding…

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Harassment And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 30, 2021
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Legal harassment in an Illinois divorce

People who are getting divorced do not like each other. That dislike can sometimes manifest into behavior that can be characterized as harassment. Harassment exists on a spectrum from physical violence to mere annoyance. “Harassment is the result of intentional acts which cause another person to be worried, anxious, or uncomfortable. Harassment can therefore occur even if there is no overt act of violence.” In re Marriage of Blitstein, 569…

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How To Read Your Spouse’s Financial Affidavit In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 22, 2021
Inspecting Spouse's Financial Affidavit

At the beginning of an Illinois divorce or whenever an Illinois divorce is reopened, the parties must exchange financial affidavits with each other. “(i) The Petitioner shall serve the completed “Financial Affidavit” not later than thirty (30) days after service of the initial pleading and the Respondent shall serve the completed “Financial Affidavit” not later than thirty (30) days after the filing of the Responding party’s appearance; or (ii) Not…

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