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In Chicago, Illinois, after I’m divorced do I have to pay for college for my children?

By Russell Knight | September 10, 2016
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If the Cook County Court orders, you must contribute to your children’s college expenses after a divorce. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act 750 ILCS 513 says that either or both of the parents can be ordered to pay “educational expenses for any child” incurred no later than the child’s 23rd birthday, and in no event later than the 25th birthday. The Illinois statute requires that parents must…

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When is mediation required in a Chicago, Illinois divorce case?

By Russell Knight | September 7, 2016
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Mediation is a great idea for any divorce.  Mediation can help eliminate some or all disagreements and thereby eliminate the need for most of a divorce lawyers work.  But often the parties to a divorce are in such disagreement that mediation is impossible.  When is mediation required in a Chicago, Illinois divorce? In Illinois, when the parties have children, they must each file with the court a proposed parenting plan.…

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In Chicago, Illinois, can the court award me custody of my dog, cat or pet?

By Russell Knight | August 6, 2016
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For years, the answer to Chicago divorce pet custody questions has been, “There is no custody for animals. Pets are treated as property and divided as such. In theory, if you don’t agree as to who gets the animal, the court could order you to sell the animal and split the proceeds.” This king Solomon style solution usually persuaded the parties to agree out-of-court that one person should get the…

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In Chicago, Illinois, do I have to support my adult disabled child?

By Russell Knight | July 6, 2016
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Illinois courts have long required parents to support their adult children while they are in college but as of January 1, 2016, parents may now be obligated to support their adult children if they are physically or mentally disabled. “The court may award sums of money out of the property and income of either or both parties or the estate of a deceased parent, as equity may require, for the…

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In Chicago, Illinois, If I Remarry The Same Person, Are Assets Divided In The First Divorce Marital Again?

By Russell Knight | June 6, 2016

After years of practicing family law in Chicago, Illinois, I’ve found that remarrying the same person is pretty common. However, divorcing that same person a second time is also common. The division of assets from the first divorce means all those assets are respectively non-marital. 750 ILCS 5/503(a)(5) specifically contemplates this in declaring that “any judgment or property obtained by judgment awarded to a spouse from the other spouse” is…

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