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What Are Sanctions In A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 5, 2018
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Contempt of court in Chicago

According to the law.com legal dictionary, a sanction is defined as “a financial penalty imposed by a judge on a party or attorney for violation of a court rule, for receiving a special waiver of a rule, or as a…

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Who Gets To Claim The Kids On Their Taxes In A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 5, 2018
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Illinois Divorce Taxes

Short Answer Whatever the divorced parties agree to can be put in the final order or in subsequent orders. If you don’t agree as to declaring the children for tax purposes the judge will usually order an alternating schedule for…

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Does My Husband or Wife Have To Be Personally Served In My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 3, 2018
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process server in cook county divorce

Do I have to serve my husband or wife in my Chicago, Divorce? We’ve all seen the movies where a stranger nonchalantly hands a character some documents and quietly says, “You’ve been served.”  The character then looks at the papers…

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Travel Outside Of The Country With Your Children After A Divorce Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | August 12, 2018
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Taking your children outside of the country after a Chicago, Illinois divorce is a big step.  When you travel abroad with your children, you are taking your children outside of the jurisdiction of the court that entered your divorce decree,…

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How Do I Seal My Chicago, Illinois Divorce Court File?

By Russell Knight | May 2, 2018
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Did you know that all of the filings in your Chicago, Illinois, divorce are accessible to the public? How do you keep your divorce file private? It’s called sealing your divorce file. In Cook County, Illinois, (which includes Chicago) you…

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I have an agreement with my spouse. Is that enforceable in a Chicago, Illinois court?

By Russell Knight | January 20, 2018
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ATTENTION:  There is new case law since I wrote this that may effect any Chicago, Illinois out-of-court agreements.  Learn more here. Typically, all agreements in the context of a divorce or parentage case must be entered with the court as…

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I Bought Something With My Spouse Using Non-marital Property. What Will Happen In My Chicago divorce?

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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In a Chicago, Illinois divorce, all property held by either of the two parties (or both) is either marital property or non-marital property. Marital property is divisible in the divorce proceedings while non-marital property stays with the person in possession…

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In Chicago, Illinois, how can I change my parenting time or visitation?

By Russell Knight | August 8, 2017
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A child’s schedule and yours will change dramatically as the child grows older and your life condition changes.  You will need to know how you can change your parenting time or visitation in Chicago, Illinois. If there is no previous…

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In What Court Houses Do We Practice Law?

By Russell Knight | June 28, 2017

***Update*** Since the corona virus crisis courts have switched from in-person hearings to doing everything remotely via Zoom. I will now practice anywhere in Illinois (or Florida) so long as remote hearings are the standard.  I only practice Family Law…

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

By Russell Knight | February 5, 2017
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For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all…

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