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4 Things You Can Do to Have a Cheap Divorce at Our Chicago Office

By Russell Knight | November 6, 2016

Divorce is expensive. My office focuses on providing value for the clients.  While we do everything we can do to provide maximum value at minimal cost there are many things a client can do to reduce his or her fees. Talk to the Assistants/Paralegals before Talking to the Attorneys Assuming that your attorney is the only person in the office who can help with your case is one of the…

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Parenting In Alone In Chicago # 5: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

By Russell Knight | October 30, 2016
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This is number five in my series of things to do with children while parenting alone.  Whether you’re divorced, separated or just have the kids for the weekend, I hope these articles can help you enjoy quality time with your children. Chicago has more to offer than just beautiful architecture and a great view of the lakefront.  Being on a chilly lake in the wintertime is usually not much fun. …

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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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