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What Is A Retainer In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 11, 2020
Retainer and divorce in Illinois

Lawyers have a peculiar way of charging people. Some professionals will send you a bill at the end of a job and other professionals will require an initial deposit. Lawyers, however, will ask for a retainer before beginning work on a case.  So, what is a retainer in an Illinois divorce case? A retainer for an Illinois divorce lawyer is a sum of money which the lawyer will hold until…

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What Is A Motion In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 9, 2020
Divorce Court Motion Illinois

What happens after a Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage is filed? People don’t just cooperate and work together on the divorce. Divorcing parties ignore each other at best and hate each other at worst.  So, how is a divorce supposed to proceed when so much is required of both parties: exchanging discovery, determining parenting time and paying support. In order to get these short term items accomplished, the parties must…

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What Is An Answer In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 7, 2020
Answering Motions In Divorce

Showing up to a court date for your divorce is intimidating.  Your personal life is falling apart and now you are expected to resolve the issues in a completely formal and foreign environment: divorce court. Everyone is wearing a suit.  The judge is wearing a robe and sitting at an elevated podium. Your name gets called and details of your life start getting shouted about by people who don’t even…

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Military Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 6, 2020
Illinois divorce and the military

Outside pressures in life can often affect our most intimate relationships.  Few people have more outside pressures than the members of our nation’s military.  Members of the military have special responsibilities to our society and our society, in turn, creates special rules for the military’s members even when dealing with personal family relationships like divorce. So, how does a military divorce work in Illinois? Jurisdiction And Military Divorce In Illinois…

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What Is An Equitable Division Of Assets In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 4, 2020
Equitable Distribution Of Assets In Illinois Divorce

The point of a divorce is to unwind a couple’s affairs while establishing and memorializing the remaining obligations between the two parties. The “unwind” part is simply the division of the party’s marital assets. The “ongoing obligations” is virtually everything else in a divorce: alimony, child support, parenting time. Even the division of marital debts is really memorializing an ongoing responsibility. So, division of assets in an Illinois divorce is…

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