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Marijuana In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 10, 2021
Divorce and Marijuana In Illinois

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in Illinois. Does this mean that the stressed-out, divorce litigant can light up a joint without fear of repercussion from both the police and their divorce judge? Marijuana use, legal or not, can still be a salient issue in an Illinois divorce case. How Legal Is Marijuana In Illinois? In 2019 The Illinois Legislature declared in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act that…

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What Is Mutual Stay Away Order In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 8, 2021
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Mutual Restraining Orders In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce can lead to (or result from) a lot of horrible events. The worst event in a divorce is the possibility of violence from one or both members of the marriage. After abuse or harassment during or after an Illinois divorce, one party may file a Petition For An Order Of Protection against another. If granted, there will be criminal penalties for a spouse or ex-spouse who comes into contact…

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Modifying College Contribution Requirements After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 2, 2021
Modifying College Contribution

Illinois is a rare state in that it can require parents to provide for their children’s college expenses past the age of 18 through their Marital Settlement Agreement or via a Judgment from an Illinois divorce judge. Things change as children approach college and it’s often necessary to renegotiate or relitigate each parents obligation to their children’s college expenses as the children age. Reserving College Contribution Requirements In An Illinois…

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What Is A Motion To Vacate In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 2, 2021
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Throw out court order

Illinois courts make decisions. Someone is always going to be displeased with a court’s decision. There are multiple ways to make your displeasure known with a court. You can file a motion to reconsider to tell the judge they made the wrong decision. You can file an appeal to tell a set of superior judges that the circuit judge made the wrong decision. Or, you can file a motion to…

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Child Endangerment In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 26, 2021
The Crime of Child Endangerment

Being a parent isn’t easy but there are some pretty low bars for minimum standards as a parent in Illinois. First and foremost: keep your children safe. In fact, it’s a crime to put your children in danger in Illinois. The Crime Of Child Endangerment In Illinois “A person commits endangering the life or health of a child when he or she knowingly: (1) causes or permits the life or…

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