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Due Process In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | September 19, 2021
What Is Due Process In Illinois?

Divorce is the untangling of two lives through the public state courts. Divorce is a process. That process needs to be fair. It is not enough for the parties to merely follow the law as written. The parties must be able to exercise their rights throughout the process while the administrator of the process (the judge) ensures the fairness of the divorce process. This concept of fairness inside and outside…

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

By Russell Knight | September 18, 2021
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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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Signatures In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | September 17, 2021
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Signatures during an Illinois divorce

The Illinois Supreme Court has released the Divorce requires a lot of filings with the court. Those filings usually require the signature of a party to the divorce and/or their attorney to certify what is written on the filings. What Requires A Signature During An Illinois Divorce Proceeding? If a document gets filed in a divorce court someone has to sign it. “Every pleading, motion and other document of a…

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False Reports To DCFS In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 16, 2021
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False Allegation to Illinois DCFS

Divorces are heated. Often, parents don’t agree on how to raise their children. Sometimes, parents, their relatives and/or friends can even believe a child is in danger to the point where they call the authorities. In Illinois, the Department of Children And Family Services (DCFS) is responsible for investigating the possible endangerment of a child. What happens if the report to DCFS is false? What are the consequences for the…

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Vocational Evaluations In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | September 15, 2021
Vocational Assessment In Illinois

When a divorce happens in Illinois, the income of both parties is used to determine the support one party will pay the other. Additionally, the income the parties should be able to earn will be considered in making the determination of maintenance and/or child support. How do you do determine what a divorcing spouse should be earning, however? Can an expert be used to determine what a divorcing spouse’s income…

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