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Is My Chicago, Cook County Divorce Or Paternity Case On Hold Because Of The Coronavirus?

By Russell Knight | March 15, 2020
corona virus cook county court

The short answer is that, yes, your paternity or Chicago divorce case will be put on hold for 30 days because of the coronavirus.  For more details see below. On March 13, the chief judge in Cook County Courts, Timothy…

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How To Challenge A Judge’s Decision In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | June 2, 2019
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challenging a judge's ruling

The whole point of going to court in a divorce is to get a ruling from the court.  If you and your spouse cannot agree on an issue in your divorce, either of you may ask the court to make…

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Common Law Marriage in Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 24, 2019
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In the old days, folks would just get married in a church, jump a broom, or just start living together. Before 1905, people in Illinois did not have run down to the county clerk to register their marriage. Our forefathers…

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

By Russell Knight | March 4, 2019
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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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Do I Have To Come To Court For My Chicago Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 9, 2019
Do I have to appear in court for my Chicago Divorce

***Update*** It’s a whole new world since the COVID-19 crisis. For now, we’re doing appearances and hearings remotely via Zoom. So, you don’t have to physically be present in court any longer…but you still have to be present via the…

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Divorce In Chicago

By Russell Knight | November 3, 2018
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Chicago Divorce

Looking into divorce in Chicago means learning about the rules that govern divorce in Chicago, Illinois. Divorce in Chicago is governed by a series of rules: The Illinois Complied Statutes, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, The Cook County Court Rules,…

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Can I Put My Divorce On Hold In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | October 14, 2018
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Can I pause my divorce?

***Update for the corona virus*** People keep visiting this article to find out if their divorce is on hold in Chicago.  Well, as of March 17, 2020 all Chicago domestic relations cases will be on hold until April 15th as…

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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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Bankruptcy and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 12, 2018
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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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When Will My Chicago, Illinois Divorce be Truly Over?

By Russell Knight | September 7, 2018
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Cook County Divorce

As you might infer from the question, there is never a time your divorce case can truly be considered “over” or “finished”. Before we go onto why, let’s talk about divorce procedures briefly. Illinois law governs divorces in a section…

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