Parental Alienation In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 9, 2020
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Illinois parental alienation

When two parents decide to no longer continue their relationship with each other they still must maintain a relationship with the children. When one parent’s relationship with his or her child is harmed by the other parent the term “parental…

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Stepparents and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 7, 2020
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Step-parents In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce isn’t just the ending of a marriage, divorces can also be a new beginning.  New relationships will blossom and then strengthen. If a divorced person has children, this means that there will be a stepparent situation that everyone will have…

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Second Jobs, Overtime And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 5, 2020
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Overtime and 2nd Jobs In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is financially stressful.  Two incomes used to support one household before the divorce.  After the divorce, one income often supports two households. On top of those household expenses are the divorce attorneys’ fees.  Often the only way to pay…

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What Is An Appearance In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | July 2, 2020
divorce appearance in Illinois

An appearance is “[t]he formal proceeding by which a defendant submits himself to the jurisdiction of the court.” Black’s Law Dictionary (11th Edition).  So, what is an appearance in an Illinois divorce case and how can that appearance affect an Illinois…

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Counter-Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 30, 2020
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Counter-petition for divorce in Illinois

Divorce is sometimes a surprise.  Your spouse can serve you with divorce papers and you must then follow your spouse through the divorce process. It can feel like your soon-to-be-ex is in charge of the divorce because they were the…

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Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 28, 2020
Divorce Petition In Illinois

Divorce is daunting. The first step to the formal, legal process of divorce in Illinois is filing the Petition For Dissolution of Marriage. This document has numerous legal requirements and is your first impression to the court that will decide…

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How To Delay A Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 18, 2020
Divorce delay in Illinois

A lot of strategy in a divorce is about timing.  For most people, they want to get divorced as quickly as possible.  The sooner a divorce is over, the sooner your obligations to the marriage end. But, there are some…

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In What County Do I File For Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | June 14, 2020
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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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Dating During Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 13, 2020
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Illinois Divorce And Dating

Many people don’t wait for the divorce process to officially end before dating.  The wisdom of dating during a divorce in Illinois is debatable.  If you or your spouse are actively dating other people while unwinding your relationship through an…

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I Was Served With Divorce Papers In Illinois. Now What?

By Russell Knight | June 6, 2020
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Service in an Illinois divorce

Divorce is hard.  It would be nice if everyone could proceed with a divorce on a schedule that accommodates their own personal physical, emotional and mental needs.  Unfortunately, that’s not how divorce works in Illinois.  Once a person has filed…

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