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What Is A Substantial Change In Circumstances In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 19, 2020
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Substantial Change and Divorce

When a divorce in Illinois is finalized, the parties are issued final orders which both parties must abide by. But, life goes on and things change eventually no matter what the Marital Settlement Agreement or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and…

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What Is A True Up In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 14, 2020
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True Up Illinois Divorce

People’s incomes change after divorce. But, the obligations of child support and maintenance seem written in stone at the moment the divorce is entered.  Of course, both child support and maintenance can be modified with good cause during later years. …

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Second Jobs, Overtime And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 5, 2020
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Overtime and 2nd Jobs In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is financially stressful.  Two incomes used to support one household before the divorce.  After the divorce, one income often supports two households. On top of those household expenses are the divorce attorneys’ fees.  Often the only way to pay…

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Dating During Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 13, 2020
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Illinois Divorce And Dating

Many people don’t wait for the divorce process to officially end before dating.  The wisdom of dating during a divorce in Illinois is debatable.  If you or your spouse are actively dating other people while unwinding your relationship through an…

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Terminating Maintenance After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 10, 2020
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Enough Alimony in Illinois

Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is a funny thing in Illinois.  If you aren’t awarded maintenance at the finalization of your Illinois divorce, you can never ask for it in the future.  But, if you are receiving maintenance, sooner or…

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Temporary Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 24, 2020
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Temporary alimony in Illinois

Earnest Hemingway was once asked, “How’d you go bankrupt?” Earnest replied, “Two ways, slowly and then all at once.”  That’s a lot like how a divorce works. Years of resentment and planning becomes tactics and strategy once the divorce is…

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Taxes and Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 4, 2019
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Divorce and taxes

Whenever money is being transferred there is a possibility of taxes.  Perhaps there is no bigger transfer than the transfer of assets and income during divorce.  Therefore, taxes and divorce must be considered together when negotiating and finalizing a dissolution…

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Social Security and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 3, 2018
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Social Security Disability Insurance and Divorce

Social Security and divorce have interesting effects on one another in Illinois. Social Security is the United States’ federal government’s system for making regular payments to people if they are disabled and/or elderly. People who are getting divorced and also…

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How Will My Retirement Or My Spouse’s Retirement Effect My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | May 19, 2018
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Divorce law in Illinois is largely written for couples with two working adults who may have children.  Illinois divorce law doesn’t explicitly consider retirement and divorce.  But, many principles can be derived from the statutes and case law so that…

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My Cook County Marriage Certificate Might Be Invalid. What Do I Do?

By Russell Knight | January 3, 2018
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Bad Marriage Certificate

In Illinois there is a great deal of law as to what makes a marriage valid. 750 ILCS 200 et al. A marriage license must be applied for, a marriage must be solemnized and the marriage license must be recorded…

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