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In Illinois, How Do I Enforce or Modify Divorce And Custody Orders From Another State?

By Russell Knight | July 12, 2020
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Moving a divorce case to Illinois

Every divorce or custody order typically includes a line saying “pursuant to this state’s laws.”  People don’t live in one state forever. What happens when a party to a divorce or custody action moves and they need to enforce the…

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What Is The Best Interest Of The Child In An Illinois Custody Case?

By Russell Knight | June 4, 2020
child's best interests

Illinois divorce and family judges decide almost everything related to the children in a divorce or parentage matter based on what is in the children’s best interests.  What exactly does “Best Interest Of The Child” mean in an Illinois divorce…

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Sole Custody in an Illinois Divorce or Parentage Action

By Russell Knight | June 2, 2020
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Illinois Sole Custody

There are lots of kinds of custody in Illinois.  Sole custody implies that the child or children spend all of their time with one parent and the other parent has no say in how the child or children are raised. …

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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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Sibling Visitation Rights in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 26, 2020
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Siblings and divorce in Illinois

A family is not just a mom, a dad and a kid.  There are usually other kids. A child’s relationship to his or her siblings is a close bond that’s worth preserving. But, sometimes those siblings don’t live with mom…

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Can You Kidnap Your Own Child In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 19, 2020
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kidnapping your own child in Illinois

A custody dispute can be scary.  One parent is literally trying to keep the child away from the other parent.  There is a whole system for deciding which parent will have the child at what time but what happens when…

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Secondhand Smoke And Child Custody In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 14, 2020
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Smoking and Divorce in Illinois

Smoking cigarettes is less and less common today…but 15% of Illinois’ population still smokes cigarettes, pipes, cigars and other forms of tobacco. No one wants their kids to smoke cigarettes or even be exposed to secondhand smoke but people who…

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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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