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In Chicago, Illinois, Is Permanent Maintenance Really Permanent?

By Russell Knight | April 15, 2017
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Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is awarded for a period of time after the divorce. Maintenance can be for just a few months or maintenance can be permanent in Illinois. Illinois law provides that maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is awarded “For a marriage of 20 or more years, the court, in its discretion, shall order either permanent maintenance or maintenance for a period equal to the length of the…

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Division of Marital Assets In a Chicago Divorce

By Russell Knight | March 10, 2017
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One of the key functions of a divorce is the division of property acquired during the course of a marriage. Illinois is an ‘equitable division’ state, meaning the courts are inclined to divide all marital property equitably. This can be either 50/50, 60/40, or another ratio based on what the court determines to be equitable. Marital property is any property acquired during the course of the marriage (by either one…

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

By Russell Knight | February 5, 2017
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For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all the terminology presumably so that parents would no longer feel unequal with emotionally charged terms like “custody” and “visitation”. Now the courts require any parents in a domestic relations action…

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Spousal Maintenance in Chicago Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 5, 2017
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Spousal Maintenance is a monetary sum paid by one spouse for the benefit of the other spouse upon separation or the dissolution of marriage; also called “alimony” or “spousal support.” In determining how much one spouse will pay another spousal maintenance (formerly known as alimony), In Illinois the first step is to determine if the spouse should even get spousal maintenance at all. To make this determination the courts consider…

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What is Discovery in an Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | January 3, 2017
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Discovery is the process through which attorneys and litigants, prior to a trial, obtain information about the case they are involved in. “The purposes of litigation are best served when each party knows as much about the controversy as is reasonably practicable.” Mistler v. Mancini, 111 Ill. App. 3d 228, 231 (Ill. App. Ct. 1982) The relevant information that each party needs to best prosecute their own divorce case is…

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