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What Do I Need To Prove To Get A Divorce in Chicago, Illinois? Do I Need To Prove An Affair? Do I Need To Prove Abuse?

By Russell Knight | July 26, 2018
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Starting from January 1, 2016, Illinois joined a majority of states in the USA in eliminating all the fault-based grounds for divorce. This was done through Public Act 99-90 that removed all fault-based grounds for divorce and the only ground…

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How Will My Retirement Or My Spouse’s Retirement Effect My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | May 19, 2018
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Divorce law in Illinois is largely written for couples with two working adults who may have children.  Illinois divorce law doesn’t explicitly consider retirement and divorce.  But, many principles can be derived from the statutes and case law so that…

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Do I Have To Pay For My Child’s College If It’s Bad School After A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | May 9, 2018
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After an Illinois divorce, your obligation to pay child support ends when a child has turned 18 or graduated high school (whichever comes last) but you are still obligated to contribute to your child’s college education.  But what if your…

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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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In Chicago, Illinois, How Do I Live In The Same House As My Spouse During My Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 3, 2018
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Living with someone else isn’t easy.  Living with someone who you are divorcing is even harder.  How do you live in the same house as your spouse during an Illinois divorce? My divorce clients first questions are usually, “should I…

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Limited Scope Appearances in Illinois Family Law Cases

By Russell Knight | January 16, 2018
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Oftentimes, a Chicago, Illinois family law lawyer will suggest to his client they can do the case on a “limited scope appearance.” A limited scope appearance is exactly what it sounds like: an appearance by an attorney in a case…

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How Can Therapy Help With My Chicago Divorce?

By Russell Knight | January 10, 2018

Break ups are always hard, but breaking up from your spouse can be a particularly painful process. Not only are you separating apart from someone you’ve loved; you are also uplifting and recreating a whole new life for yourself.  …

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What Is A Pre-Nuptial Agreement in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | January 8, 2018
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What is a Prenup?

The term “pre-nup” is part of pop culture’s nomenclature. We hear about it on television, we hear about celebrities and athletes entering into pre-nuptial agreements, and we hear about it in music. However, how does a pre-nuptial or premarital agreement…

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My Cook County Marriage Certificate Might Be Invalid. What Do I Do?

By Russell Knight | January 3, 2018
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Bad Marriage Certificate

In Illinois there is a great deal of law as to what makes a marriage valid. 750 ILCS 200 et al. A marriage license must be applied for, a marriage must be solemnized and the marriage license must be recorded…

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My Husband or Wife is supported by their parents. Does that affect my maintenance or child support in my Chicago divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 30, 2017
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Parental support

Often, during the pendency of a divorce the couple find themselves supporting two households and trying to maintain the standard of living for both of the households while having just one income.  In the absence of assets to live off,…

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