Enforcing Alimony In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 22, 2020
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Recourse for non-payment of alimony in Illinois

At the end of your divorce you’ll receive a final document that says your spouse must pay you X dollars in maintenance (formerly knowns as alimony) every month.  That final divorce decree will be emblazoned with an Illinois divorce judge’s signature and be as good as law.  But, what if your spouse stops paying your maintenance…or never even starts?  What is the recourse for non-payment of alimony in Illinois?  How…

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If I Was Married In Another State Can I Get Divorced In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 21, 2020
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Divorce in Illinois after marriage in another state

Yes. You can get divorced in Illinois if you had a valid marriage in another state and either you or your spouse meet the residency requirements for an Illinois divorce to be filed and completed. Marriage In A State Other Than Illinois. There is not a federal, nation-wide rule across the United States that a marriage in one state is good in another state. The federal government won’t even get…

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Is It Better To Be Legally Separated Or Divorced In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 20, 2020
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Should you separate or divorce in Illinois?

When you are considering leaving your spouse in Illinois, you have options.  You can get a divorce or you can get a legal separation from your spouse in Illinois.  Is it better to be legally separated or divorced in Illinois? What Is A Legal Separation In Illinois? A legal separation in Illinois is described by its purpose in the Illinois statute. “Any person living separate and apart from his or…

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Can You Kidnap Your Own Child In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 19, 2020
kidnapping your own child in Illinois

A custody dispute can be scary.  One parent is literally trying to keep the child away from the other parent.  There is a whole system for deciding which parent will have the child at what time but what happens when one parents opts out that system and simply takes the child when they want, without permission?  Where does a custody dispute end and a kidnapping begin in Illinois?  Can you…

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How Can I Protect My Credit Score During My Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | May 18, 2020
Credit Score and divorce in Illinois

Divorce is a tumultuous time. Your family is no longer the same. Your finances are completely reshuffled causing you to turn to credit cards and other debt. Debt can become a lifeline during a divorce’s uncertainty. Therefore it’s natural to wonder how a divorce can affect your credit score and how you can protect your credit score during an Illinois divorce? In practical terms, a credit score is akin to…

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