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Daycare and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 27, 2020
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Child care expenses in Illinois custody cases

Before a child is in kindergarten, they love you completely no matter what you’ve done. The child will barely even know you’re divorced or separated from the other parent.  It’s a very special time to be a parent but most…

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What Are The Different Types Of Child Custody In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 9, 2020
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Our culture is full of references to different types of child custody; sole custody, joint custody. legal custody, physical custody among others.  In Illinois is child custody really something that you can fit into a box and label so cleanly?…

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Mental Illness And Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 2, 2020
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Mental Health And Divorce?

The family law and divorce system in Illinois was written and promulgated imagining reasonable, rational parties unwinding their lives in a logical manner. We all get emotional during a break up and the family law system is set up to…

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Guns, Firearms and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 17, 2020
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Divorce and Guns in Illinois

In America you have the right to own a gun…under certain conditions based on local, state and federal law.  Once you get divorce, or start to get divorced, the conditions of your gun ownership have an additional layer…the clauses of…

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At What Age Can A Child Choose Not To Visit The Non-Custodial Parent In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | April 15, 2020
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Children's decisions and divorce

Parenting children is not easy.  Parenting children is even harder when you’re not parenting in the same household as the other parent.  The shuttling back and forth of children to two different homes is hard on everyone involved. Children are…

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Drugs, Alcohol and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 4, 2020
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drugs alcohol and divorce

Whether it’s the stress of the divorce or a long simmering issue, drugs and alcohol are frequent issues in Illinois divorces. Many other issues in divorce are black and white issues; he hit you or he didn’t, she made the…

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Illinois Divorce With A Child

By Russell Knight | April 17, 2019
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Chicago divorce with children

Divorces are difficult wherever they are. An Illinois divorce with a child or with children is even more difficult.  I often tell clients who have no children or have grown children, “your divorce is automatically 75% easier than the average…

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 3: Chicago Children’s Museum

By Russell Knight | October 14, 2018
Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

This is the third in my series about places to go when you have the kids in Chicago for the weekend, the day or just the afternoon.  There’s lots to do in Chicago but not a lot do with kids. …

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What Is A Guardian Ad Litem Or Child Representative in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | October 13, 2018
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Child Representative in Chicago, Illinois

As you approach a Cook County Domestic Relations Courtroom you’ll notice a numbered list hung beside the courtroom door. That list will contain your case number, your name, your spouse’s name, and the names of a hundred other people whose…

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What Are A Grandparent’s Visitation Rights in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 31, 2017
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grandparent time with grandchildren

Grandparents rights in Illinois.  It certainly sounds like it should be a thing…but it really isn’t in most circumstances. For years Illinois had a “grandparents’ rights” statute in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act.  Then in 2002, Wickham vs. Byrne,…

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