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How to Use the Cook County Clerk Docket

By Russell Knight | March 6, 2016

Navigating any legal situation can be a nerve-wracking and overwhelming experience and it can be difficult to keep track of important information such as the case number, upcoming court dates, and judge assignment. As a reference for participants and attorneys, the Cook County Clerk’s office has established a searchable online docket that includes all the relevant information for each case. COOK COUNTY CLERK ELECTRONIC DOCKET Cook County’s searchable online docket…

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In Chicago, Illinois, Can I Terminate Child Support If My Child No Longer Lives With Either Parent?

By Russell Knight | March 5, 2016

Child support is designed to provide additional funds to the “residential parent” from the “non-residential parent.”  That is, child support is for the extra food, shelter and clothing the resident parent is spending on the child.  But what happens when the child no longer lives with the residential parent after a Chicago, Illinois divorce?  Is the non-residential parent still obligated to pay child support or can the non-residential parent ask…

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Can my spouse see my text messages?

By Russell Knight | March 1, 2016

One of the newest technological advances of the 21st century is the ability to communicate quickly and effectively with one another via text. Text messaging is commonplace and often is preferred to talking directly on the phone. However, sending a text message creates a permanent record of your words and can potentially be used for an adverse purpose. Text messages are rapidly becoming a very common evidentiary product in domestic…

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How do we determine which district my child will attend school in Chicago?

By Russell Knight | January 7, 2016
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In Illinois, you can come to any kind of agreement with your ex as to where the child will attend school. Specifically, 750 ILCS ILCS 602.10(f)(6) requires that a parenting plan must include “the child’s residential address for school enrollment purposes only”. If you cannot agree, you can petition the court to enter an allocation of parenting responsibilities and parenting time that includes the school residency.  The court will use…

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In Chicago, Illinois Can I Record My Conversations With My Spouse?

By Russell Knight | December 5, 2015
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Many people believe they can get some kind of leverage in a divorce case by recording their conversations with their spouses or exes. What’s more, recording a phone call is now extremely easy due to the record functionality being available on virtually all smartphones. In Illinois, recording a phone conversation is illegal. 720 ILCS 5/14-2 reads “A person commits eavesdropping when he or she knowingly and intentionally…Uses an eavesdropping device,…

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