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How To Disinherit Your Spouse In Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 1, 2021
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Disinherited Spouse

When you’re getting married you hear the words “”Til Death Do Us Part.” When you contemplate divorce, you don’t want your current spouse to have anything after you die. So, how do you disinherit a spouse in Illinois? A Divorce Automatically Disinherits A Former Spouse After a divorce, a spouse is automatically written out of any existing wills. “No will or any part thereof is revoked by any change in…

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Trust Funds For Children And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | February 28, 2021
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Trust Funds and Divorce

Trust funds are way to set aside money for a specific purpose. Trusts are especially useful for applying money for the benefit of someone who cannot manage the money themselves such as a child. A trust is “an equitable or beneficial right or title to land or other property, held for the beneficiary by another person, in whom resides the legal title or ownership, recognized and enforced by courts of…

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Can You Talk To Your Spouse During An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 27, 2021
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Talking To Spouse During Divorce

Divorce is the end of a relationship but the relationship is rarely truly over. During a divorce, the marriage is still unwinding as parties arrange schedules with their children, divide assets and debts and arrange for support. During the divorce, the parties may have their own divorce attorneys who communicate with each other regarding the divorce. These divorce lawyers’ communications will be formal, direct and expensive. So, are you allowed…

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Dissipation Of Assets In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | February 21, 2021
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Wasted Money In A Divorce

While adultery and betrayal can be central to any divorce, there seems to be no greater betrayal than financial betrayal. Illinois, while being a no-fault state for divorce, does recognize financial betrayal and takes strict accounting of extreme financial malfeasance on the part of either spouse. This accounting of marital moneys spent on girlfriends, boyfriends, drugs, gambling or other non-marital purposes is referred to as a “dissipation of assets.” What…

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What Happens To A Tax Refund In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 7, 2021
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Tax Refund

Tax refunds can be afterthought in an Illinois divorce. Maintenance, child support and the division of assets and debts will dwarf the money the at the U.S. government owes one or both parties to an Illinois divorce. Still, money is money and someone is going to get that last tax refund. So, who gets the tax refund in an Illinois divorce? Filing Jointly During An Illinois Divorce Spouses may file…

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