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Body Attachments In An Illinois Divorce Court

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2020
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divorce arrest illinois

Divorce law is funny in Illinois. We say “dissolution of marriage” instead of “divorce,” we say “maintenance” instead of “alimony,” and we say “body attachment” instead of “an order for arrest.” A body attachment is a big deal! A body…

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Are Divorce Lawyers’ Fees Tax Deductible?

By Russell Knight | November 15, 2020
Divorce lawyer tax deductible

A tax deduction is an allowance whereby the IRS allows you to reduce your total taxable income by a certain amount because of some event. By allowing tax deductions, the United States tax code is encouraging certain behavior by removing…

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How To Read A W-2 In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2020
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W2 divorce

In almost every Illinois divorce financial documents will be exchanged between the parties. This exchange always includes the parties’ taxes, which may have been filed together. The tax return usually tells 90% of a divorcing party’s financial story in regards…

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Who Gets The House After An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | November 8, 2020
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Marital House Illinois

A house is a peculiar asset in an Illinois divorce. A house is usually the biggest asset and the biggest debt that two married people share. Moreover, a house’s mortgage is usually the biggest monthly expense the parties share. Furthermore,…

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Stay At Home Parents And Homemakers In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 7, 2020
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Homemaker divorce Illinois

A marriage with a homemaker is often a symbiotic relationship where everyone is happier for it…until they’re not. After a divorce, there can be no further cooperation. The homemaker either has to get a job, request alimony, child support and/or…

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Cohabitation And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 28, 2020
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Living with new boyfriend or girlfriend after divorce

People get divorced but it is rarely their last relationship. “Love is waiting for you,” I’ll joke with my clients during the darkest hours of the divorce process. A year later, I’ll see them on the street with their new…

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When Do You Need A Court Reporter In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 10, 2020
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Court reporter and Illinois divorce

As if divorce court in Illinois wasn’t intimidating enough, someone is sitting in the corner writing everything down.  That person typing on the little typewriter is the court reporter.  But, sometimes the court reporter is in court and sometimes there’s…

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Military Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 6, 2020
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Illinois divorce and the military

Outside pressures in life can often affect our most intimate relationships.  Few people have more outside pressures than the members of our nation’s military.  Members of the military have special responsibilities to our society and our society, in turn, creates…

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Religion And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 1, 2020
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Divorce and Religion In Illinois

They say you should never talk about politics, sex or religion in polite company. Debating some issues only lead to disagreements and hurt feelings. Well, when you’re getting divorced, you already disagree while your feelings are hurt so you might…

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529 Plans and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | August 23, 2020
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Divorce and 529 plans in Illinois

Being a parent in America is expensive.  The first four years are the massive expense of daycare and then 13 years later is the massive expense of college.  Some parents plan for these expenses by saving in advance by investing…

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