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Can I Change My Judge in Cook County, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | June 9, 2022

In a contested Chicago divorce, a judge has enormous power your future and the future of your family.  Therefore, you’re going to want to a judge who will fairly consider all the factors in your divorce case.  If you believe…

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Can You Go To Jail For Not Paying Child Support in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | April 13, 2022
child support jail

You can definitely be put in jail for not paying child support in Chicago, Illinois…but it takes a while. Petition for Rule To Show Cause An order for child support is a court order like any other order from the…

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Bankruptcy and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 17, 2022
Divorce and Bankruptcy in Cook County

Whether you or your spouse have filed for bankruptcy and then divorce, or divorce and then bankruptcy, you’ll need to know how bankruptcy and divorce affect each other. It’s important to understand that there are two types of personal bankruptcies…

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What Is A Status Call In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 14, 2021
Status Date in Illinois Divorce

Most court cases involve a moment in time: a crime was allegedly committed or an accident happened. A divorce, however, is an evolving situation. Because of the ongoing nature of a divorce case, the courts require frequent check-ins to ensure…

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What Is A Stipulation To Hear Uncontested Cause In A Cook County Divorce?

By Russell Knight | July 28, 2021
Stipulated to uncontested issues in an Illinois divorce

Ninety five percent of divorces in Cook County finalize by agreement rather than be resolved via a full blown trial. When cases do get resolved by agreement, the Cook county divorce court wants to ensure that EVERYTHING is truly resolved…

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In What County Do I File For Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | June 14, 2020
jurisdiction in Illinois divorce

Illinois has 102 counties. Each county has its own court system for resolving divorce and other family law matters. The county wherein a divorce litigant files for divorce will determine who will decide the terms of that divorce.  Therefore, this…

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Pretrial In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 31, 2020
Divorce pre-trials in Illinois

After months of status dates in court, exchanging documents and wondering when something will actually happen in your divorce, the divorce judge’s voice will boom, “Pretrial is scheduled for next month.  Have your memos delivered to my clerk 7 days…

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Court Ordered Parenting Class In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
Parenting Class In Illinois Divorce

Divorce and/or a custody battle is stressful enough.  Illinois family law and family courts think you should be assigned some homework in the middle of it all…parenting classes. In Illinois, you can’t finalize your divorce or your custody litigation until…

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Modifying Child Support in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 10, 2020
Child support in Illinois

Child support orders get entered in Illinois when two parents divorce or establish paternity. As the years go by, each parent will make more or less money and the needs of the child will change with time. How does child…

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Dismissing a Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 26, 2020
Dismiss Illinois Divorce

The first step in a divorce in Illinois is always filing a Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage.  The last step is the entry of the final divorce judgment or the granting of a motion to dismiss the divorce petition. How…

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