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Tenants In Common, Joint Tenants, and Tenants In The Entirety In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 7, 2022
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Tenancy By The Entirety In Illinois

Being married means starting a life together. For most people, that means owning property together in furtherance of building a home and a family. That real estate can be held in a variety of ways based on how the deed to the real estate is conveyed to the married couple. In Illinois, property can be held as tenants in common, joint tenants and tenants by the entirety. These labels on…

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Interim Attorney’s Fees Vs. Contribution To Attorney’s Fees In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 5, 2022
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Interim Attorney Fees In Illinois Divorce

Divorce is expensive. Attorney’s fees during and after an Illinois divorce cost are usually in the thousands of dollars and must be paid. Illinois divorce law recognizes that the parties to a divorce or parentage action can ask their spouse, ex-spouse or other parent to contribute to attorney’s fees on a temporary or final basis. “The court from time to time, after due notice and hearing, and after considering the…

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Exhibits In An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | June 3, 2022
Admitting Exhibits In An Illinois Divorce Trial

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. At your Illinois divorce trial, give the judge a picture instead of having your witness drone on. A document. A report. A picture. Exhibits are all so much more effective than mere testimony alone. Documents corroborate testimony and, thereby, give the testimony more weight. “’To corroborate’ means to add weight or credibility to a thing by additional and confirming facts…

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Trust Funds For Children And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 3, 2022
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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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Cross-Examination In An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | May 29, 2022
Cross-examinations in Illinois divorce courts

I just spent three days in Houston, Texas at the National Family Law Trial Institute’s Advanced Cross Examination training. The best family law trial attorneys in the nation coached me and other lawyers from across America on how to best cross-examine our opponent’s witnesses in a divorce trial. The below is an amalgamation of what I learned coupled with Illinois law about how to do the best cross-examination possible in…

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