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What Is Income In An Illinois Child Support Case?

By Russell Knight | August 2, 2020
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Income calculation for child support

Child support in Illinois is determined by the two parents’ incomes.  The two incomes go into a formula which “reflects the percentage of combined net income that parents living in the same household in this State ordinarily spend on their child.” 750 ILCS 5/505(a)(1) This formula is called the “child support guidelines.” Unless the “court makes a finding that application of the guidelines would be inappropriate” 750 ILCS 505(a)2), one…

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Can You “Take The Fifth” During An Illinois Divorce Case?

By Russell Knight | August 1, 2020
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divorce 5th amendment

Most people’s exposure to the legal system is usually in the form of crime movies where the alleged criminal says “I plead the fifth” in order to avoid testifying to something.  The movie judge, inevitably, shrugs their shoulders and the alleged criminal doesn’t have to testify.  Does this happen in real life? Specifically, can you “Plead the Fifth” during an Illinois divorce case? What Is “Pleading the Fifth” or “Taking…

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How To Reopen A Divorce Case In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 29, 2020
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Reopen a divorce in Illinois

A marriage is when society recognizes the emotional bond a couple has and imbues mutual obligations on the couple so that they might better function as a unit.  Divorce is the dissolution of those mutual obligations…but there’s usually still leftover obligations like child support, division of debts and assets, etc. Marriage is entered into based on emotion (usually) and divorce is often the same.  Because of the emotional causes of…

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How To Prepare For A Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 26, 2020
Preparing For Illinois Divorce

One of the worst parts about divorce is the anxiety of the unknown. What will happen to my kids in my divorce? What will happen to my money after a divorce? What can I do now to protect myself when the divorce is filed?  It is overwhelming but there are, in fact, several things you can do to prepare for a divorce in Illinois. Set Goals For Your Illinois Divorce…

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Children’s Passports After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 19, 2020
Illinois divorce and passports

Illinois divorce and family courts have a lot of power…in Illinois.  Once a parent or child is outside of Illinois, it becomes much more difficult for an Illinois domestic relations court to enforce their orders. If the children leave the United States, enforcing parenting time and decision-making issues becomes near impossible. Because of this, the issue of who holds the children’s passports after an Illinois divorce becomes extremely important. What…

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